MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Tech will introduce a new course in January, “Cultural History of Textiles,” in spring 2008. The course is open to the community
for a reduced fee of $315 for audit credit only.
“Cultural History of Textiles,” presented through the university’s new Textile Art and Industry program, will be taught by Cressie Murphy-David.
The course will explore the history of traditional textiles from Africa, Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East and South America. Murphy-David will
incorporate lectures, visual presentations and museum visits. Through examples from the university’s own textiles collection, students will learn about
traditional technique, ritual, symbolism and the preservation of the textile arts in these societies.
Murphy-David has a B.F.A. degree from the New School of Social Research in New York City, a certificate in fashion design from Parsons School of Design and
a master’s degree in costume studies from New York University. An intern at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute for two years, she also has
taught in the textiles department at the University of Rhode Island and worked as curator for the Historical Society of Rockland County, N.Y.
The course begins Jan. 7. It meets Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. in the Crawford Building, Room 610. For more information, call (321)