Paul E  Ivey cropPaul Eli Ivey and other lecturers who conduct the innovative UA Humanities Seminars are picked for their exceptional teaching abilities.  So it’s no surprise that Ivey, who has taught art history at the University of Arizona since 1989, has been invited to give three lectures this spring at the Arizona Senior Academy. A Ph.D. from the State University of New York – Binghampton, his specialty is modern and contemporary art, theory and criticism.  He will be sharing his expertise and research on this subject area with Academy Village audiences in April and May.

The topics will be treated chronologically.  The first, “The Rise of American Art after World War II,” will be given on Thursday (April 18) at 3:30 p.m.  The Second, “Pop, minimalism and Earth Art” will follow on Thursday, April 25.

After a gap, the third, “The Dematerialization of the Art Object” will be presented on May 16.  The interim, Professor Ivey will be participating in signings of his just released book, “Radiance from Halcyon: A Utopian experiment in Religion and Science,” published by University of Minnesota Press.

“Radiance from Halcyon” is the story not only of the theosophical community for which the book is named, but also of its uniquely inventive members’ contributions to religion and science. The new synthesis of religion and science attempted by Theosophy laid the foundation for advances produced by the children of the founding members, including microwave technology and atomic spectral analysis.

Ivey’s new book has been described as “radiant and mesmerizing and as deeply original as the utopian world it excavates.”

Submitted by Janet Kerans, Academy Village Volunteer

First of Three Part Art Lecture Series: April 2013