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Winter 2016

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Alumni Come to Campus for a Lesson in Art History

Alumni returned to Punahou as students for the first-ever class of “Back to School Buff ’n Blue,” a new alumni education program. Baroque art in the age of science was the topic.

Alumni returned to Punahou as students for the first-ever class of “Back to School Buff ’n Blue,” a new alumni education program. Baroque art in the age of science was the topic.

Thirty-five eager learners attended the class on Nov. 12, which was taught by Hermie Lee Chaney who teaches AP U.S. History, European History and a class she created called European History Through the Arts.

“As you were walking in, you were listening to Bach, who was a Baroque composer,” Chaney explained to attendees. “One of the goals I have for you today is that when you listen to Bach, or any other Baroque musician, you listen with more informed ears, more interested ears. Maybe when you go to a museum or see one of the paintings or a similar painting to one I show you today, you’ll think, ‘I know more about that than simply the way that it looks.’ That’s always the goal for my students.”

Chaney’s presentation was interactive, using YouTube videos and music clips. Chaney encouraged alumni to circulate through Luke Lecture Hall to view reproductions of Baroque paintings she had posted on the walls.

The idea of “Back to School Buff ’n Blue” came from classmates John Goodsill ’75 and Greg Kim ’75, who worked with Director of Alumni Relations Doug Rigg ’84 and Academy Principal Emily McCarren to conceptualize and plan the program. The success of this first session has inspired the School to develop more opportunities for alumni to come “back to school.”