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Dr. Ellen Handler-Spitz
Dr. Ellen Handler-Spitz on sabbatical
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008 //

During 2008 summer, Tom Hall, Director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, interviewed Dr. Ellen Handler Spitz, Honors College Professor of Visual Arts, in connection with her latest book, The Brightening Glance, for his WYPR program, Maryland Morning. Tom is especially interested in the notion of attracting children and young people as emergent audiences for classical music, and Ellen's book contains a chapter on music, which illuminates their awareness and response to music. (Go to to hear the entire interview.)

Ellen's other activities include her acceptance of an invitation from The New Republic to be the writer on their Children's Desk in a new website initiative, a project which will begin sometime this fall; in her column she will address not only children's literature, but a variety of other issues involving children's cultural lives. A propos, she is currently guest editing a special issue of The Journal of Aesthetic Education on children's literature. She has also submitted an invited essay, Zig-zagging with Full Stops from Play to Art, to Prof. David Getsy of the Chicago Art Institute for inclusion in his book to be published by Penn State Univ. Press on play and art.

In April 2008, Ellen was elected to membership in the New York Institute for the Humanities, a group of mostly NY-based intellectuals, academics, artists, and journalists. From 8 Sept until 8 December 2008, she will be in residence as the Erikson Scholar at the Erik Erikson Institute in Stockbridge, Mass. where she will continue her writing and research, give several lectures, and reconnect to the Clark Art Institute, where she was previously a fellow.

Ellen has been invited to write a column called Apropos the Arts for the journal American Imago; her column will appear quarterly.