Sunday, February 12, 2012

Documenting Historic Lancaster Architecture using SketchUp

This spring, Professor Kourelis' Master Builders of Lancaster seminar has been looking at historic Lancaster in a new way. In a series of exercises, students have been utilizing historic Sanborn fire insurance maps to recreate virtual city blocks using SketchUp. This free app from Google allows users to build 3-D models quickly and easily. See project results and learn more about the class by visiting their blog Master Builders of Lancaster.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Napoleon Seminar Exhibition

Under the direction of Scott Lerner, the Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor of Humanities and French and Italian, eight students have curated a bilingual exhibition titled NapolĂ©on reprĂ©sente/Napoleon Represents in the Nissley Gallery. The exhibition is the result of the students’ work last semester in Lerner’s French 373 course, during which the classmates examined the theme of representation and propaganda by and about the Emperor of the French.

Lerner and his students marked the opening of the exhibition on Tuesday, Jan. 31, with a reception and gallery talk. The show, which will be on display in the Nissley Gallery through March 9, includes rare books from the College’s 1,890-volume Napoleon Collection and original furniture that once belonged to Joseph Bonaparte, Napoleon’s brother.

For more information, please see the full F&M Diplomat article online at