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The Body: Baartman to Beyonce

The Body: Baartman to Beyonce

The Body

Baartman to Beyonce: Appealing/Appalling Buttocks in Contemporary Popular Culture

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Instructor: Dr. Dionne Stephens, Professor of Psychology, FIU

The Body: Baartman to Beyonce


Dr. Stephens’ research examines socio-historical factors shaping minority populations sexual scripting and sexual health processes with an emphasis on gender and ethnic/ racial identity development. Her research is conducted through the Heath Disparities and Cultural Identities Lab. In an effort to reduce health disparities, Dr. Stephens examines diverse cultural beliefs’ influence on intimate relationships and sexual health decision making in marginalized populations. She has been awarded a Global Health Equity Scholars Fellowship from the NIH and Yale, Berkley, Stanford & FIU Research Consortium, the Carolyn Payton Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association, and the Jessie Bernard Award for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship from the National Council on Family Relations. A recipient of the Blackboard’s Greenhouse Exemplary Online Course Award, Dr. Stephens currently teaches Psychology of Women, Global Psychology, and Applied Lifespan Development among other courses.



The Body: Baartman to Beyonce

Issues in Modern and Contemporary Art and World Culture

Class Schedule


Saturdays at 2pm • $5 per class.

Area professors and visual artists will conduct these classes.

Free for members, North Miami residents,
and city of North Miami employees

Art teachers may register with Miami Dade County Public Schools for professional development credits. Reading list provided for each lecture: Schedule of topics are listed below.


12/19 • The impact of Art Fairs and Art Market Speculation


1/16 Identity Issues: Feminist and Queer art
• Identity Issues: Protest Art: (Re)constructing Spaces of Resistance

• The Body: Baartman to Beyonce: Appealing/Appalling Buttocks in Contemporary Popular Culture


2/6 • Time
• Place
• Language
• Spirituality


3/5 • Science and technology
• Learning from Outsider Artists


4/2 • Handiwork, the place of craft in art today
• Street artists
• Trends in  Architecture

Call 305.893.6211 to register

How will teachers earn Master Plan Points?
For every two lectures attended, teachers can register for 4 master plan points. Each class will consist of 1 hour of lecture, followed by 30 minutes of discussion and/or a walkthrough of an exhibition. Teachers must complete 1 hour of a follow up activity, which includes developing a lesson plan.