Professor Jim Stodder at the Venice Biennale
Rensselaer Professor James P. Stodder, Ph.D., Lally School of Management and Technology, has been a part of the International Scholars Program (ISP) faculty since ISP was launched in June 2008. Rensselaer’s ISP is a study abroad program for graduate students designed to expose young professionals to a first-hand set of international experiences in conjunction with global organizations. Students complete four and a half weeks of study in Rome, Italy, as one of the international destinations.
This year, after finishing his teaching assignment in Rome, Professor Stodder decided to visit the 55th International Art Exhibition in Venice, at the Venice Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia). Most major countries have national pavilions with exhibits there. The Greek Pavilion was a display with films on the history (and emotional symbolism) of money. Naturally, Dr. Stodder was quite interested in this exhibit since it is in his field of expertise.
Imagine his surprise when he came across one of his own academic papers cited in the main display area on evidence that alternative monetary systems can be viable. Professor Stodder’s paper was just one of a couple of dozen academic papers cited there. In addition to being known for his economics expertise, now he can claim his paper is a work of art!
View photos and read more about the Greek Pavilion display entitled, “History Zero,” at: https://www.facebook.com/HistoryZeroStefanosTsivopoulos and http://artsy.net/#GreekPavilion. Watch an interview with the Greek director of the display/film, artist Stefanos Tsivopoulos, at: http://www.labiennale.org/en/mediacenter/video/55-b60.html.
Dr. Stodder’s bio is available at: http://www.ewp.rpi.edu/faculty/bio/stodder_j.html. Visit his faculty homepage, http://www.ewp.rpi.edu/hartford/~stoddj/, to learn more about his academic publications and current research projects.