Dr. Julie Schlarman
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Lecturer - Art History
Ph.D. in Architectural and Urban History
University of Southampton, UK
Dissertation Title: ‘Such a Beautiful Performance: Mapping Gender and Political Spaces in Eighteenth-Century London – The Case of Grosvenor Square’
MA with Distinction in Country House Studies
University of Leeds, UK
Thesis: An Eighteenth-Century Cultural History of Harwood House, Yorkshire
MA in Photography
University of Wisconsin-Superior
BA in General Art
Iowa State University
Minor in Communications
Concentrations in Drawing, Painting, Art History and Interior Design
Architectural and urban histories
Gender factors in creative output and consumption; focusing on eighteenth-century Europe and post-World War II America
Historic preservation and sustainability
All art history courses
Study abroad courses to France and England
Dubuque native Dr Julie Schlarman has advanced degrees in architectural and urban history as well as studio art, with teaching experience as a generalist art historian teaching a large range of courses in diverse areas such as design history, architectural history and study abroad courses. During the years between her educational pursuits, Dr. Schlarman worked as the Educator and Site Supervisor of the National Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque. There she was engaged with college interns, volunteers, and museum curators to develop and enact hands-on learning experiences, exhibit interpretation and event planning. Her life in England provided not only advanced degrees from the University of Leeds and the University of Southampton, but also the rich life experiences needed for teaching art history – including the experiential knowledge accumulated through visiting and teaching within historic sites, museums and archives throughout Europe. On her return to the US, Dr. Schlarman has shared that knowledge with her students by providing many diverse study abroad courses. Additionally her UK education has yielded many opportunities to publically present her research on gendered and political spaces in early eighteenth-century London at venues including Tate Britain, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Oxford University and on several occasions a the international conference held by the College Art Association. As an extension of her post-doctoral research at the University of Essex, her general interest in urban history has led to an exploration of the relationships of memory, nostalgia, and gender in the mass produced suburbs of post-World War II America, which resulted in the planning and coordination of a two-day international conference on selfhood and architecture at Tate Modern in London in 2004. A brief teaching experience at a women’s college in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has sparked an interest in the role of gender, architectural spaces and Islam. Additionally a long standing passion for historic preservation has provided pet projects including the creation of an architecture manual for aspiring preservationists for the Clay County Historic Commission and the currently researching an architectural guide to the city of Dubuque. She also was actively involved in the preservation of the Captain Charles Merry Home, a magnificent 1867 Italianate home located in East Dubuque, Ill.
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