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Political science professor to talk art during Lunchtime Looks

Peace Gaurd

Erik Herron, Eberly Family Professor of Political Science at West Virginia University, will present during the Art Museum of WVU’s Lunchtime Looks program Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Herron will present on “Shepard Fairey: Work Against the Clampdown,” one of two exhibitions currently on display at the museum.

Fairey, who rose to fame when he created the Barack Obama “Hope” poster for the 2008 U.S. presidential election, promotes political activism through his artwork.

Herron was one of seven faculty members selected from a competitive field of submissions to create original courses for students in WVU’s Honors College as part of the Honors Faculty Fellows program at WVU.  Fellows develop innovative curriculum that enhances the intellectual climate of the campus. The Honors class taught by Herron incorporates the Fairey exhibition into class assignments and discussions.

The WVU campus community and the general public are invited to bring a brown bag lunch to the Museum Education Center Grand Hall at noon and meet with other art enthusiasts to enjoy their midday meal. At 12:30 p.m., the group will move to the gallery for the 20-minute, in-depth look at the exhibition and audience members will have a chance to respond to the exhibit and ask questions about the works of art. 

The session will end by 12:50 p.m., so that those who need to return to their offices will have time to do so. Anyone who can’t get away for the entire hour is welcome to meet the group in the museum at 12:30 p.m. for the art presentation.

As the Eberly Family Professor of Political Science, Herron’s research focuses on electoral systems, especially in post-communist Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Before coming to WVU in 2014, he was on faculty at the University of Kansas and served as a program director at the National Science Foundation. 

The Art Museum and Museum Education Center are located near the corner of Patteson Drive and Morrill Way at the Evansdale Campus North Entrance.  Parking is available in short-term lots ST-1 and ST-9, with pay stations, one located near Patteson Drive and the other near Evansdale Crossing.

For more information about the Lunchtime Looks program, contact the Art Museum of WVU at (304) 292-6825.