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Thursday, June 18 • 10:45am - 11:15am
Using Religious Images to Teach Visual Literacy: A Unique Opportunity for Theological Libraries

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Over the last year, quite a few publications (books, chapters, and articles) have appeared which focus upon ways of teaching visual literacy and the importance of this skill in the current research environment. Today's researchers must be equipped with the tools to interpret and make meaning from visual materials in order to succeed in their studies. In this regard, the theological/religious world is uniquely well-suited for this discussion, as it already has much to offer in terms of familiar images and icons. These offerings are diverse, familiar, and filled with much meaning and potential. This listen and learn session will explore the practical tools of using icons and other religious art work/media as an entry point into the conversation about the importance of visual literacy. The hope will be that participants leave with a clearer idea of visual literacy and the ways that theological libraries can engage and teach it to our students, while connecting with their previous experiences and knowledge in transformative and empowering ways. By equipping our students with these new skills, they will hopefully become more solid and informed in their scholarship and research and more comfortable using and engaging images in school and beyond.

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Daniel Smith

Research, Instruction, & Digital Services Librarian, The Styberg Library, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Thursday June 18, 2020 10:45am - 11:15am CDT
Zoom Room 2