All posts by Lisa Blee

Summer Trail of Tears course

The Trail of Tears was the forced migration of American Indian nations in the Southeast to lands west of the Mississippi River during the mid-19th century. Students in this Summer Session I course will come to understand the history and cultural impact of this period in American history through an immersive field program that draws on anthropology, history, and religious studies. In addition to typical in-class activities, Dr. Ulrike Wiethaus and Dr. Andrew Gurstelle will lead students on a 10-day excursion to Oklahoma that traces the modern roads atop the historical Northern Land Route taken by members of the Cherokee Nation. Along the way, students will meet with the local stakeholders that continue to memorialize the Trail of Tears with storytelling, monuments, and commemorative ceremonies. Students will also learn about current efforts to raise public consciousness of the Trail of Tears, and will even make their own contributions to these efforts. For more information, including information about scholarship support, please contact Dr. Wiethaus (, x7169) or Dr. Gurstelle (, x5827). When registering, students may choose to sign up for any of the following: REL 288, REL 390, REL 690, or ANT 385. 2018 Trail of Tears Project Flyer 

Indigenous Peoples Day Program OCT 9

On Oct. 9, the Museum Of Anthropology will host an Indigenous Peoples Day event. Artist Bill Rogers will present a lunch-time brown bag about his research on historical Cherokee copper art techniques. After this talk, he will lead a workshop in creating copper art using these techniques. In the evening, join us for a talk by Thomas Belt about Cherokee language revitalization efforts as a parallel to the arts revitalization. See the MOA for more details!

Jame Anderson lecture on September 22: Creating Museums in the 21st Century

The Art Department has invited Jame Anderson (WFU ’93), an architect and designer with the Cultural Studio at SmithGroupJJR in Washington DC to give a talk on Friday, September 22 at 4pm in Scales 102.  She will discuss her work in relation to museum planning and design, entitled “Ready, Aim, Build: Creating Museums in the 21st Century.”
Jame’s current work with the Cultural Studio focuses on helping cultural institutions think through their building needs.  You can read more about the firm and their work here:
And more about Jame and her background here, including her time at Wake Forest:
Jame will also be available to talk with current students about her work as an exhibition designer and architect, and her career in museums on Friday, September 22 at 2pm in 103 Scales. This is a great opportunity to learn more about careers in exhibition design, architecture, and museum planning as Jame has worked with a wide range of museums in the DC area, from the National Gallery of Art to the Smithsonian Institute Museum of African Art.  Coffee and pastries provided.
So that we can plan for seating and food, please RSVP to Morna O’Neill by Wednesday, September 20 if you would like to attend the coffee with Jame.

Join the Art Department’s Fall Break trip to Washington DC!

Fall Break in Washington DC! Open to CHP minors and Art Majors & Minors

Enjoy the opportunity to tour museums and exhibitions in the nation’s capital with fellow students and professors.

We’ll depart on Thursday morning, October 12 and return Friday night, October 13.

Experience first-hand many of the great works of art you’ve only seen in Powerpoint!  Take conversations with fellow students and professors into the gallery.  Meet museum professionals who can give you a behind-the-scenes perspective on life in the art world.  Enjoy free time to explore what interests you in world-class museums.

We’ll stay at a comfortable and safe hotel in nearby Alexandria, with easy access to the Metro. There will be a festive group dinner.  And the best part? It is only $50 per person (that includes bus, hotel, and dinner on Friday night).  A limited number of travel stipends are available upon request.  More info and to apply:

WFU collaboratively-curated exhibit featuring photographs by former offenders to open October 26

Rebecca Boolba, a Studio Art major and Cultural Heritage & Preservation minor, worked over the summer of 2017 to collect photographs and narratives from former offenders and their family members. The resulting exhibition on life narratives and resilience, created in collaboration with Project Re-entry, Dr. Eranda Jayawickreme (WFU Psychology), Dr. Lisa Blee (WFU History), and WFU Psychology major Eli Rice, will open for public view on October 26 at 5:30 in Self Reliance Hall in the Goodwill Industries building (2701 University Parkway). Stay tuned for more details!

Student-curated exhibit on display at the New Winston Museum

The 5 Royales, an influential R&B group from Winston-Salem

Students from HST 370: Topics in North Carolina History worked in collaboration with the New Winston Museum in Spring 2016 to develop an exhibit on the history of music in Winston-Salem.  Students conducted interviews and archival research, produced podcasts, and wrote text for a new exhibit that opened on October 7 at the New Winston Museum downtown (713 South Marshall Street). The exhibit will be on display until March, 2017.  Come check it out!