Professor Hanke’s Atelier: Reflections on the “Bullpen” and Raphael’s Workshop

Author Alexis Dawson Gaillard examines the teaching methods of Professor Steve H. Hanke, CFS Special Counselor and Co-Director of the Institute for Applied Economics, Global Heath and the Study of Business Enterprise at The Johns Hopkins University. Professor Hanke’s teaching methods are then compared to  Raphael Sanzio da Urbino’s instruction of his famous atelier.

In Professor Hanke’s experience, he has found that the one thing a professor can do is to introduce a student to the skills required to learn. This is the teaching methodology he implements in training his Bullpen students. Hanke begins a student’s training by stressing the most valuable and basic skills: writing and research methods.

After thorough research, Galliard discovers that Professor Hanke’s method of training clearly does mimic that of Raphael’s. Raphael not only created excellent art, but also prepared his assistants to become individual artists by cultivating their skills and stressing the importance of individuality. In this way, the ‘Bullpen’ is the modern equivalent of Raphael’s workshop. Professor Hanke instills a level of quality and commitment in each of his students that serves them forever. Both Raphael’s workshop and Hanke’s Bullpen result in an interdependent relationship between teacher and student.

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