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Inaugural thesis exhibit for MA in humanities

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Feb. 11, 2020) — Collin Hawley, a member of the inaugural class of the Master of Arts in humanities (MAH) program, will present a photography exhibit from Feb. 23-28 in the Milligan Art Gallery located in Derthick Hall. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, Feb. 23, from 2-4 p.m., and Hawley will provide a presentation in the gallery at 2:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit, titled “(im)personal sight,” serves as an extension of Hawley’s thesis exploring the performance of photography and the ways in which the camera eye supplants the physiological eye.

“My thesis examines how photography, as it shapes our understanding of vision, misrepresents reality,” shared Hawley. “I want to emphasize an inversion of the typical approach, that photography as a medium obscures more than it reveals.”

Hawley credited the MAH curriculum with influencing the theory behind his exhibit. The program furthered his understanding of literary theory and cultural studies, and his courses allowed him to delve more deeply into the questions he has explored in his creative work.

Milligan’s MAH program is a 30-hour graduate program that facilitates interdisciplinary study and draws on the strengths of Milligan’s celebrated humanities program. This degree offers a flexible but rigorous exploration of the humanities that can prepare students for a variety of careers or further graduate study. To learn more about Milligan’s MAH program, visit

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Posted by on February 11, 2020.