About the photo above:
A “tableau vivant,” French for “living picture,” recreates a famous scene or painting. The CSB/SJU Philosophy Department set its sights on bringing to life Raphael’s famous fresco, The School of Athens. Over forty students, professors, staff, and administrators came together to recreate the scene in the College of St. Benedict’s Gathering Place. The frugal production budget called for some ingenuity. A baseball batting helmet and catcher’s chest protector were transformed in a soldier’s bronze helmet and breastplate. Polar fleece rescued from fabric store remnant piles became ancient robes. Halloween wigs and beards did their duty. On a Friday afternoon, two philosophy professors became Plato and Aristotle, a college president became Hypatia, and a provost became Diogenes. Everyone became somebody for posterity, and a good time was had by all.