Sites We May Visit Include:
- National Museum of the American Indian
- Netherland Monument
- Castle Clinton
- Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton
- Peter Minuit Plaza
- Bowling Green
- Charging Bull & Fearless Girl statues
- New York Stock Exchange and Wall Street
- Trinity Church
- Fraunces Tavern
- South Street Seaport
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Will we enter the National Museum of the American Indian?
Louis Mazzari has taught American history, art, and literature for a dozen years in Istanbul, Turkey, at Bogazici University, the country’s most renowned university, and he now also teaches in the City University of New York system. He has published books and articles on the cultural and political history of the U.S. with the university presses of LSU, Yale, and South Carolina. His New York work has included a study of the documentary aesthetic of photographer Berenice Abbott. Mazzari previously served as managing editor of the anthropology journal Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, and he worked on the editorial staff of the Harvard Educational Review. His years in a variety of classrooms have focused on the intersection of the artwork and its cultural history, and he speaks to American art’s profusion and its diversity of intentions and effects. That mix of art and culture is at the center of his presentation of the abundance of the Met’s American Wing.
Ben Rubin holds a bachelor's degree from Hanover College, a Master's from Western Carolina University, and is completing his Ph.D. at Drew University. He is also a graduate of the Cornell School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. His work has been published in the Journal of Backcountry Studies and in Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution. In addition to academic experience, Ben worked as a docent at the Biltmore House in Asheville, and as a whitewater raft guide on the Nantahala River.
Isabelle is a Brooklyn-based artist and teacher. Originally from France, she immigrated to the USA at age 17. Fluent in French and English, she fell in love with New York as a student and her tours are enriched by her passion for both the iconic sites and hidden gems of Manhatten and beyond. A working artist who uses non-traditional materials, performance, and community engagement to make large-scale public installations, she has exhibited widely in the area and abroad. She has years of experience teaching art across age levels, including at the university level.