Penn State Laureate to speak on 'Art and Politics: The Case of Corrado Cagli'

John Champagne will present lecture at Penn State Shenango on Nov. 1
Picture of professor Champagne standing inside of a building.

John Champagne, professor of English at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, and 2018 Penn State Laureate.

Credit: Penn State

SHARON, Pa. — The problematic and contradictory relationship between the art of Italian painter, sculptor and muralist Corrado Cagli and the fascist government that supported him will be explored in an upcoming presentation by Penn State Laureate John Champagne at 12:15 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 1, in Penn State Shenango's Lecture Hall 222/223. The event is free and open to the public.

Champagne, a professor of English at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, uses Cagli’s career as a starting point for engaging his audience in a discussion of art and the contemporary resurgence of fascism at home and abroad.

“Do artists have a responsibility to politics?” he asks. “What is our obligation to art of the past, and what does history suggest to us about the role art plays in world politics today?”

An annual honor established in 2008, the Penn State Laureate is a faculty member who travels the Commonwealth to bring greater visibility to the arts, humanities and the University, as well as to his or her own work. Champagne’s laureate presentation is an expansion of his research for his sixth book, an examination of artistic culture of the Italian fascist years of 1922-45, and the relationship of artistic works to the fascist regime.

For additional information, please contact the Penn State Shenango Academic Affairs Office at 724-982-2825.