Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series to Highlight Arts in Educational Learning System

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The College of Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CEHSS) Interdisciplinary Research Committee at SC State University will host its monthly Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at noon in Staley Hall Auditorium.

The Faculty Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series was launched in spring 2008 to introduce faculty to the work currently conducted within the CEHSS and with external partners, and to encourage collaborative research projects between disciplines.

Dr. Tolulope O. Filani, chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and arts education coordinator at SC State University, will serve as guest speaker. Filani’s topic will be: “Integrating the Arts Across Curriculum in Elementary Classrooms.”

During his presentation, Filani will discussthe importance of integrating the arts across curriculum in other disciplines as an essential component of an educational learning system and an outstanding tool to promote a more holistic learning experience in academic subjects such as mathematics, language arts, social studies and science. In the session, Filani will also talk about the various ways by which arts based activities and experiences can be used to foster cognition, encourage critical thinking and promote learning in children across different elementary school classroom subjects.

Filani earned his Ph.D., M.Ed. and B.Ed. in fine arts and art education from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.; a diploma in management for administrators from the Center for Management Development in Lagos, Nigeria and the Higher National Diploma in Sculpture from Yaba College of Technology in Yaba-Lagos, Nigeria. In his native Nigeria, he owned a sculpture studio with metal casting facilities and an art gallery. He also executed several major public and private sculpture projects throughout Nigeria, Europe and the United States.

Filani’s awards include the 2010 SC State Academic Affairs’ Extra Mile Award; Donald K. Anderson Graduate Student Teaching Award from the University of Missouri; Superior Graduate Achievement Award from the University of Missouri and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) prize for promotion of the arts in Nigeria. He has exhibited internationally including in London, Paris and Nigeria.

Filani is listed in the Who’s Who of the French Association Dialogue Entrée Les Cultures in Paris, France and the Who’s Who in Art in Nigeria by the Smithsonian Institution Library Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. His recent art exhibitions and art commissions include solo and joint exhibitions such as “Forms and Rhythms” at The Carter Building Studios in Raleigh, N.C.; “Retrospective Endless Possibilities in Clay, Plastic, Wood, Wax and Bronze” at the Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center in Orangeburg, S.C.; “Art of the World” art exhibition by SC State’s I.P. Stanbank Museum and Planetarium; “Journey from Africa to Gullah,” an exhibition of artworks by selected African-American artists, sponsored by SC State’s I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium and “War, Devil & Stravinsky’s 125th Birthday,” an interdisciplinary performance of art exhibition, music and drama by the SC State Visual and Performing Arts faculty. He is currently working on the clay busts of the three students killed during the Orangeburg Massacre of 1968– Smith, Hammond and Middleton, which will soon be completed and commissioned.
Filani remains an active member of the following professional and social organizations: National Art Education Association (NAEA) in Reston, Va.; South Carolina State Art Education Association (SCAEA) in Summerville, S.C.; Arts Council of the African Studies Association (ACASA) in Chapel Hill, N.C.; Customs House Museum and Cultural Center in Clarksville, Tenn.; Downtown Artists Co-op in Clarksville, Tenn.; Nigerian Society for Education through Art, (NSEA) in Nigeria; Society of Nigerian Artists in Nigeria and Ikoyi Club 1938 in Nigeria.

For more information about the Faculty Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series, contact Mrs. Giselle White-Perry, lecture series coordinator, at (803) 536-8803 or Dr. Janice Hawes, CEHSS interdisciplinary research committee chairperson, at (803) 536-8356.

Certificates of attendance will be provided by the Office of Professional Development and Training. To register, log onto or contact the Office of Professional Development at (803) 536-7104.