2020 Vision: Image, Perception, and Ways of Seeing
“The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.”
– John Berger, Ways of Seeing
Images surround and influence us on a daily basis, and yet we are seldom taught ways to read visual culture. In this semester, we will explore the visual image in a variety of contexts: from art to advertising, technology to aesthetics, from religious vision to the selfie. How does what we see shape what we know? How does it guide and misguide us? How do images persuade? What makes them so powerful? How do we define what is beautiful or ugly, and when or why should we? What does it mean when we say a leader is a 'visionary' in his or her field? How can we use images to serve the common good rather than to reduce it? What can the science of sight illuminate about human perceptions and limitations? How does visual perception, or impairments in visual perception, shape development in psychology, education, and beyond? How is the visual privileged or marginalized? What do we mean when we speak of 'our image'?