Monday, May 11, 2015

Asking Students to Bare It All

Inside Higher Ed
May 11th, 2015

Art instruction -- which has long featured nude models -- is not the same as instruction in other subjects. But a complaint from the parent of a student at the University of California at San Diego has drawn attention to the pedagogy behind a course in which all students (and the professor) are naked for a class session.
The mother of a student (both anonymous) complained to a San Diego television station about the assignment of Ricardo Dominguez, an associate professor of visual arts, for his course called "Performing for the Self." The mother talks about the student feeling that she shouldn't have to appear without clothes in a class, but fearing for her grade if she skips the assignment (which is the final in the course).
In an email interview, Dominguez offered a take on the assignment that differed in part from that of the television station, but agreed that students and the professor are nude for the session on "the erotic self." He said he has been teaching the course for years, without complaint until now. A university spokesperson said Sunday that the university was looking into the situation.

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