“Perspectives: Humanities in Leadership,” a new series that examines the relationship between business management and the fields of music, history, film and art, will be offered this fall by the University of St. Thomas’ Management Center and School of Continuing Studies.
“Business education, in its concentration on the practical, can neglect to develop the capacity to analyze knowledge at a deeper level,” explained Dr. Kathryn Oakley, a School of Continuing Studies administrator and leader of one of the series’ programs.
“Often, it is the experiences from people’s personal lives — such as travel, movies, books, plays and concerts — that give them the larger perspective that helps them develop and succeed as leaders,” she said. “The goal of the series is to encourage the attainment of these broader perspectives.”
This fall, four “Humanities in Leadership” programs will link management and leadership to the fields of music, history, film and art. Each program will include a light meal and will be held Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The programs, dates and locations are:
“Leading the Orchestra” will be held Sept. 14 at the university’s Terrence Murphy Hall in downtown Minneapolis. Dr. William Banfield, holder the Endowed Chair in Humanities and Fine Arts, and William Monson, of the Graduate School of Business, will apply to business life the musical concepts of harmony, dissonance, improvisation and innovation.
“Titans of Minnesota History” will be held Oct. 12 at the James J. Hill House on St. Paul’s Summit Avenue. Dr. Thomas Mega, chair of the St. Thomas History Department, will reflect on the state’s “titans” and their impact on business practices today. An optional tour of the Hill mansion will follow the presentation.
“The Lone Ranger and Beyond: Ethical Leaders on the Silver Screen” will be held Nov. 9 in the Great Room, Opus Hall, in downtown Minneapolis. Dr. Doug Wallace of the Graduate School of Business will use movie excerpts to examine how perceptions of leadership are influenced by film portrayals.
“American Life in American Art” will be held Dec. 7 at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Dr. Kathryn Oakley of the School of Continuing Studies will focus on the power of art to capture history, inspire performance and reflect a culture’s deepest values. The session includes a tour of the institute’s American art collection.
Registration fees are $69 per session or $249 for the series. Call the Management Center at (651) 962-4600 to register or for more information.