National Debt Civic Dinner at Vizcaya

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FIU Honors College students at a Civic Dinner event in 2018 at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

The FIU Honors College, Civic Dinners, and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens are partnering again to host “National Debt 101“: a conversation among millennials about the state and impact of the national debt. The event will take place on Thursday, January 24th, 2019 and will be hosted and organized by Lily Fonte, an undergraduate student in the FIU Honors College who is majoring in Broadcast Media. The event will once again be held at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Participants must bring their own lunch and must register by requesting an invite to the event.

National Debt 101

“To many American Millennials, the national debt may seem like an abstract concern. In an era of quickly growing debt and political polarization, the country’s national debt is consistently placed on the back burner by our political leaders on both sides of the aisle. But our generation actually has the most at stake when it comes to policy decisions made today about our country’s fiscal and economic future, and it’s up to us to come together and speak up. This conversation is geared toward college students and administrators.” – (Civic Dinners Official Website)

US National Debt (Public & Intergovernmental) (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Please prepare by reviewing these links:

5 Facts About the National Debt by Drew Desilver

The Long Story of U.S. Debt, From 1790 to 2011, in 1 Little Chart by Matt Phillips

US National Debt Clock: Real Time

AUTHOR
Isabella Marie Garcia

EDITORS AND LAST UPDATE
Stephanie Sepúlveda  & John William Bailly 22 January 2019
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Art Society Conflict Volunteers

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ASC students working for Robert Chambers at Bakehouse Art Complex © Lily Fonte (CC by 4.0)

Dear Members of the Miami Contemporary Art Community,

In Spring 2019, we are entering the second semester of the new seminar I have developed in the FIU Honors College: Art Society Conflict (ASC).

Similar to other classes that I have taught (such as Aesthetics & Values and Poetry Art Community, co-taught with the poet Richard Blanco), my objective is for students to immerse themselves in the community of contemporary art, especially by working for/with an artist(s) on a project. We do not have any funds, but we are 35 dedicated students ready to work on creative, unique projects. We do not seek financial compensation in any manner; we want to participate in a contemporary art project purely for educational purposes.

For an idea of what we have undertaken in the past, please review these pages. Last semester, we worked with Robert Chambers on one of his installations at the Bakehouse Art Complex. We have also previously painted poems on roofs with Randy Burman, and worked with the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark to build “Garbage Wall” at Untitled.

https://johnwbailly.wordpress.com/fiuprojects/

If you have any upcoming opportunities, please contact me. If you do not, please keep us in mind should an opportunity arise.

Merci,

John William Bailly
The Honors College
Florida International University
Miami, FL 33199


AUTHOR
Isabella Marie Garcia
EDITORS AND LAST UPDATE
Stephanie Sepúlveda  & John William Bailly 12 January 2019
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FIU Panther Alumni Week (PAW)

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Aesthetics & Values (A&V) 2018 at Locust Projects (Photo by JW Bailly CC by 4.0)

Connecting Students with Alumni

Panther Alumni Week (PAW) connects students with alumni through class presentations, industry panels and networking events. PAW promotes the building of relationships, which leads to networking, internships, mentoring and career opportunities.

We’re proud to celebrate the sixth anniversary of PAW! With your involvement, we can make PAW bigger and better than ever.

Each year, we invite alumni to campus to engage with our students on campus by offering real world insight and valuable career advice.

PAW is scheduled for the week of February 4-8, 2019 and will take place on campus and online.”

(https://paw.fiu.edu)

Please join Professor John William Bailly and FIU Honors students currently enrolled in Poetry Art Community (PAC), Art Society Conflict (ASC), and the Honors Italy, Spain, France 2019 programs for a PAW potluck to share stories from previous trips and years, along with giving advice to future students.

All FIU Honors College graduates are invited to come back to campus and speak to the students. If you are an alumni of either Poetry Art Community, Art Society Conflict (previously known as Aesthetics & Values (A&V)), or the Honors Italy, Spain, France courses, please email Professor Bailly in order to confirm your attendance.

If you have not graduated but have completed any of the courses or the three study abroad programs, please feel free to join us. Professor Bailly can’t register you as an official PAW guest with FIU, but we’d love to have you come and share stories, advice, and eat with us.

SCHEDULE

Art Society Conflict (ASC): Thursday, February 7th, 2019 at 2:30pm in SIPA 220
PAW Speakers: Melissa Marie Garcia, Stephanie Villavicencio, Jonah Wichterich, Johayra Witter

Honors España, Italia, and France: Friday, February 8th, 2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm in SASC 352
PAW Speakers: Gianmarco Agostinone, Natalie Brunelle, Tolga Erbora, Isabella Marie Garcia, Nicole Hernandez, Viktoriya Justiz, Anthony Padura, Jonathan Urra, Stephanie Villavicencio, Athena Watkins, Jonah Wichterich

If you realize at the last minute that you can join us, please do.

 

 

 

AUTHOR
Isabella Marie Garcia

EDITORS AND LAST UPDATE
Stephanie Sepúlveda  & John William Bailly 05 February 2019
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FIU Honors College Study Abroad

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Nick Gomez of FIU Honors College at Ostia Antica (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

 

THE WHO WHAT WHEN WHERE WHY HOW
OF FIU HONORS EUROPE STUDY ABROAD
WITH PROFESSOR JOHN WILLIAM BAILLY
October 23, 2018 AT 3:30 PM IN GL 100

Join Professor Bailly for an introduction to the France, Italy, & Spain study abroad programs of the FIU Honors College. Meet students that have completed the programs and have all your questions answered. Whether you are going to Europe in Summer 2019 or considering 2020 or 2021, this session will be helpful.
Check out #fiuhonorsabroad2018 on Instagram for photos from Espana, France, & Italia

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT EACH PROGRAM

Espana Study Abroad

France Study Abroad

Italia Study Abroad

FIU Honors Study Abroad Session

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THE WHO WHAT WHEN WHERE WHY HOW
OF FIU HONORS EUROPE STUDY ABROAD
WITH PROFESSOR JOHN WILLIAM BAILLY
October 23, 2018 AT 3:30 PM IN GL 100

Join Professor Bailly for an introduction to the France, Italy, & Spain study abroad programs of the FIU Honors College. Meet students that have completed the programs and have all your questions answered. Whether you are going to Europe in Summer 2019 or considering 2020 or 2021, this session will be helpful.
Check out #fiuhonorsabroad2018 on Instagram for photos from Espana, France, & Italia

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT EACH PROGRAM

Espana Study Abroad

France Study Abroad

Italia Study Abroad

FIU Lunch at Vizcaya

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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)
LUNCH WITH PROFESSOR BAILLY AT VIZCAYA
THURSDAY 01 NOVEMBER FROM 1-2 PM
Rebecca Peterson of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and John William Bailly are cohosting a Civic Dinner on Miami Transit Mobility for current and former FIU Honors College students. Come and share your experiences and thoughts on transportation in Miami. Thursday 01 November from 1-2 PM.

“The week of October 29 — November 2, the Miami-Dade TPO is hosting 50 Civic Dinners to discuss how to best increase transportation mobility options with residents and business leaders. Join an event exploring the current needs of public transportation users, the daily barriers to frequent ridership, and what it will require to develop and maintain a world-class transportation system.”

Vizcaya is providing complimentary admission and complimentary lunch. Vizcaya is also giving each participant 2 free tickets to one of their upcoming night events (including Gardens by Moonlight!).
All participants will receive:
1. Free admission to Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
2. Free lunch provided by Vizcaya
3. Two free tickets to a future Vizcaya Program event.
This event is organized by Civic Dinners for the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization. This is your chance to help frame the future of Miami. Be a part of the Miami conversation.
Space is limited. You must request an invitation from Professor Bailly (bailly.john@gmail.com) and then RSVP on the Civic Dinners website.

FIU Honors Study Abroad 2019

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THE WHO WHAT WHEN WHERE WHY HOW
OF FIU HONORS EUROPE STUDY ABROAD
WITH PROFESSOR JOHN WILLIAM BAILLY
SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 AT 5 PM IN RB 120
 
This meeting is directed to students that are already registered for Summer 2019, but all students are welcome. Bailly and Honors alumni will provide practical advice on preparing for this most amazing summer adventure. Not sure whether to sign-up? Join us at this meeting.
Check out #fiuhonorsabroad2018 on Instagram for photos from Espana, France, & Italia
LEARN MORE ABOUT EACH PROGRAM

A&V 2018 Student Perspective

AESTHETICS & VALUES 2018 STUDENT PERSPECTIVES
BY JACQUELINE MARTINEZ

“They’re not art majors.”

I have heard John Bailly say this to many representatives of each place this class has explored, from the Margulies Collection to the Deering Estate. The fact that the students of Aesthetics & Values (A&V) come from all disciplines is just one of the things that makes this course so hybrid. In this case, that hybridity is also what made this class one of the most rewarding I have ever taken at FIU.

We spend the first weeks learning about art and how it has transformed with every decade. Students are urged to question what art really is as they explore Monet’s snapshot-like impressionism, Picasso’s abstraction, and Duchamp’s challenging statements.

“A&V gave me a way to formulate my own opinions about art. I was able to see beyond just a painting or sculpture by learning to appreciate the struggles of an artist, whether I enjoyed their artwork or not,” said Katerina Cutie, a Psychology major.

We moved from seeing famous pieces on the projector of a classroom to experiencing art in person. Together, the class dove into the art world, hearing lectures at some of Miami’s most prominent cultural landmarks like Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. These excursions prepared us slowly to go from being the spectators to the curators of our own show.  

Liliana Fonte, a Broadcast Media/Entrepreneurship student, shared, “To me, A&V was more about learning about my community and the history surrounding me than anything else… This past year I didn’t just learn about art. I learned more about my city’s history in one year than what I had learned in the past 20 years

In the middle of our Spring semester, we were hit with the bombshell news that after 11 years in the running, ours would be the last A&V exhibition. But by then this class was for much more than a grade, and this obstacle only pushed us to do even better. Fonte added, “As soon as I realized it was the last year of A&V, I know that a spark ignited in myself and my classmates to try to make the event extra special.”

So we did. We made 3D models of what the exhibition should look like. Over 50 restaurants were contacted to vend at our reception, and students learned countless new lessons about graphic design as they created poster after poster for social media.

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Jacqueline Martinez at the A&V 2018 reception (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

All these efforts made the final Aesthetics & Values reception a final bang we will never forget. Most importantly, though, we learned to work together despite any differences we had.

Biology student Natalie Brunelle was genuine when she told me, “I learned that sometimes things need to fall apart to get better, visions need to be shared and discussed and that there are more than two ways to solve a problem. Letting cards fall into place and having faith in that is a scary thing to allow when planning events, but the world has a way of working itself out. Though troubles presented themselves, I’ve made close friendships with many of the class members, and nothing made me happier than to see the reactions of people the day of the event.”

“When the big day finally came, it felt so surreal to see two semesters of work happen in 3 hours,” said Barbara Sanchez, a Sociology major. “Knowing I helped create something as grand as this event and hearing how much others enjoyed it brings me immense pride. Now that it’s over, I realize how lucky I am to have been part of the last A&V class and to have made friends with the people in it.”

I believe all the students of A&V can agree with Brunelle when she expresses that because of our hard work, “We would not only leave a legacy behind, but were also the  catalyst for a new generation of collaborations in the art world and Miami community.”

Jacqueline Martinez is a sophomore at Florida International University. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in English Writing and Rhetoric, along with a minor in Art History. An avid francophile and animal lover, she enjoys spending her free time practicing French, and playing with her four dogs. During Summer of 2018, she will be participating in the France Study Abroad Program led by Professor Bailly.

AUTHOR(S) AND LAST UPDATE
Stephanie Sepúlveda & John William Bailly  23 April 2018
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A&V 2018 Reception Photo Gallery

Aesthetics & Values (A&V) student Galina Abdel Aziz captured the essence of A&V in her photos.  The A&V seminar examines the vital role visual art plays in the social and cultural dialogue surrounding controversial issues. It investigates how artists have challenged or enforced authority by creating new aesthetics. It further explores how art is used to initiate, accelerate, or combat social change. The heart of the course is the A&V Exhibition at the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in Miami.

“Aesthetics & Values is a unique, immersive experience.  There is no other class like this at FIU.  A&V goes beyond the classroom and the university; it takes us to the heart of Miami’s art world.” – Selena Everitt

“A&V gave me a way to formulate my own opinions about art. I was able to see beyond just a painting or sculpture by learning to appreciate the struggles of an artist, whether I enjoyed their artwork or not. I feel proud to have been a part of the last year of A&V. Knowing how hard we had to work to make this the best year yet made us realize the importance of teamwork. We knew that this had to be a time to come together rather than crumble apart in order to ensure that we made a lasting impact on people. Although extremely stressful at times, I have learned more in this class than I have in any other Honors course I have taken at FIU.” – Katerina Cutie

“To me, A&V was more about learning about my community and the history surrounding me than anything else. It was amazing to see how many of the students in the class did not know we had such rich, cultural, historical places right in out backyards. Every visit to a different location immersed us in a different topic, a different style of art, a different time period. As soon as I realized it was the last year of A&V I know that a spark ignited in myself and my classmates, to try to make the event extra special. It was a bittersweet feeling throughout, but it helped all the students gain even more motivation to make the exhibit and the reception the absolute best we could. This past year I didn’t just learn about and look at art. I learned about my culture and it’s history, I learned more about my city’s history in one year than what I had learned in the past 20 years. I also learned how to plan an event for thousands, and how to curate an art gallery. Something I never thought I would have to do in my life! And being a facilitator for the Final Reception, I also felt that my leadership skills were put to the test, and I learned so much more about how to be a leader. Aesthetics & Values is about so much more than just art, it is about knowing your city, your surroundings, and about knowing yourself.” – Lily Fonte

“A&V means coming out of your comfort zone, out of your major and going into the vast world of art. A&V means becoming immersed in a foreign arena full of various ideas and putting them together. A&V means teamwork, family; a group of people from several backgrounds and majors becoming one united entity and pulling off a great contemporary art exhibition.” – Richard Suarez

“A&V was the most enriching learning experience I’ve had in this university so far. Our tasks ranged from learning about the history of art, to diving together in search of residues from hurricane Irma in the Deering State, and eventually curating our very own art exhibition. Being in the last year of the Aesthetics & Values exhibition made me want to honor its previous years even more by putting in extra effort to make sure everything worked out well during the event. I viewed this class as a wonderful opportunity to actually get to know people outside of my major, and I truly looked forward to spending my Friday afternoons discovering new and exciting places in Miami’s art scene. I highly recommend this course to anyone – regardless of your major or background knowledge on art history – you will definitely learn something new.” – Ligia Filgueiras

 

 

AUTHOR(S) AND LAST UPDATE
Stephanie Sepúlveda & John William Bailly  23 April 2018
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Aesthetics & Values 2018 Reception

 

 

AESTHETICS & VALUES 2018
CURATED BY STUDENTS OF THE FIU HONORS COLLEGE
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU
SATURDAY 21 APRIL, 2018, 4-7 PM
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
RSVP: 
aestheticsvalues.eventbrite.com

Jennifer Ann Basile, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Brookhart Jonquil, Karen Rifas, David Rohn, Gerry Stecca, TM SISTERS (Monica Lopez De Victoria & Natasha Lopez De Victoria), Tom Virgin, Purvis Young

Miami, Fl, April 10, 2018– The Aesthetics & Values (A&V) class of FIU’s Honors College is excited to announce its contemporary art exhibit coming to the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum this summer. Its opening reception will be free for admission on April 21 st from 4-7 PM. The exhibit will feature Miami-Based artists and be located at 10975 SW 17th St, Miami, FL 33199.

The work of artists Jennifer Basile, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Brookhart Jonquil, Karen Rifas, David Rohn, TM Sisters, Gerry Stecca, Purvis Young, and Tom Virgin will all be on display. Together, their pieces form a combination of sculptures, paintings, and installations aimed to immerse its audience in a state of philosophical and political contemplation.

The students of A&V are the sole curators, organizers, and architects of this event. Professor John Bailly immersed them in two semesters of contemporary art education. In Untitled Miami Beach art fair 2017, the class collaborated with the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark to create the piece Garbage Wall. One of the student-curators, Michelle Gonzalez, expressed that “this class was probably one of the most immersive in FIU. It inspires students like myself to pursue a dream entirely; to seek opportunities instead of standing by.” Juan Carlos Espinosa, Dean of the FIU Honor’s College, adds, “I have watched A&V grow from a modest exhibition on the second floor of the Green Library to the blockbuster show… that brings together some of the top artists in South Florida.”

After a year of diving into the world of art and realizing its influence on who we are, the students are pleased to extend the hand of immersion to the greater Miami community.

Contact Jacqueline Martinez
Cell 786-261- 8132
Email jmart764@fiu.edu

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A&V is a seminar under FIU’s Honors College taught by professor and artist John W. Bailly. Bailly’s vision is that “the Aesthetics & Values seminar examines the vital role visual art plays in the social and cultural dialogue surrounding controversial issues.” A&V exhibitions are an annual project organized by each class. This year’s exhibit will mark the 12 th and last year of A&V.

Aesthetics & Values 2018 is sponsored by Bacardi, Bahama Breeze, Bocas, Del Pelson, Harmless Harvest Coconut Water, My Cosmetic Surgery, PDQ, Publix Supermarkets, Red Lobster, and Skin Associates of South Florida.

 

 

AUTHOR(S) AND LAST UPDATE
Stephanie Sepúlveda & John William Bailly  15 April 2018
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