Robert K. Wallace is Regents Professor of English at Northern Kentucky University, where he has taught since 1972. A native of Puget Sound, he is a graduate of Whitman College with a doctorate from Columbia University. This blog is a sequel to his first, Sailing on the Whale Ship Charles W. Morgan in June 2014. This blog addresses his ongoing work as a teacher, scholar, and curator of materials relating to Moby-Dick and Emily Dickinson. In the accompanying photo he is surrounded by art works that students have created as final projects in his classes.
Emma Rose Thompson is a BFA Art History major at NKU. She is Professor Wallace’s co-curator in two exhibitions during the 2015 Spring Semester, one featuring classroom art in response to Dickinson (February), the other featuring classroom art in response to Moby-Dick (April). Emma Rose is also co-editor and designer of the full-color catalogs that accompany each exhibition. Her work on these projects will serve as her Capstone project in the Honors Program and her Senior Show as a BFA in Art History. In the accompany photo, she is presenting the scale model for a hypothetical exhibition as her final project in Moby-Dick and the Arts during the 2013 Spring Semester.
We hope that the running account of the planning and execution of these multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary events will be of interest to a variety of readers. We are eager to see how some of our plans work out, and we have already learned to embrace the unexpected.