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.