The Art of Perception:
Rethinking How We See

Lecture by Amy Herman

7:00-9:00 p.m., April 9, 2013
Holliday Alumni Center, The Citadel

Free for Criminal Justice majors; $5 for law enforcement professionals
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Astute observation is critical to professional success, especially in fields that require quick assessment and rapid response. The ability to observe is grounded in the perception of visual information and the effective articulation of what the eye sees and what the brain interprets.

Amy Herman, whose dual degrees in art and law give her a unique perspective on visual analysis, uses artwork to teach professionals how to rethink their observation, perception, and communication skills as it pertains to their field. Note that prior knowledge of art history is not required, as the analysis focuses on the scene portrayed in the painting rather than its style.

In the law enforcement field, she applies this method to a host of scenarios: crime scene analysis, intelligence gathering, witness questioning, hostage negotiation, and domestic violence situations. Ms. Herman has led multiple trainings for various agencies within the FBI, Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, NYPD, Scotland Yard, Department of the Army, Department of the Navy, and others at the local, state, and national levels.

Ms. Herman will lead the 400-member audience comprised of cadets majoring in Criminal Justice and invited law enforcement professionals in highly-participatory roundtable discussions and problem-solving exercises designed to sharpen visual perception skills at all levels, offering cadets the rare chance to collaborate with working professionals in a learning environment.

The key objective is to sharpen the use of words to communicate a visual, which often may have crucial impact on a case.  For example, an officer who orders detectives to “search the block” will learn to tell them specifically to start at the far end, work their way back to the near end, look under all the parked cars, behind the gated areas, in the shrubbery, in the garages and in the trash cans.  This type of visual detail is credited with helping law enforcement agents to solve multiple crimes, including an undercover FBI agent who used Ms. Herman’s techniques to hone his observations of office layouts, storage lockers, desks and file cabinets containing incriminating evidence. The information he provided led to clearly-detailed search warrants and ultimately resulted in 34 convictions and government seizure and sale of 26 trash-hauling companies worth $80 million.

To reserve your seat, please complete the registration form below. Your ticket(s) will be held at Will Call on the evening of the lecture.

To make a gift  to the Fine Arts Fund, you may include an additional amount while registering, or please visit The Citadel Foundation's donation form and enter "Fine Arts" in the fund designation field.  This lecture is presented with the generous support of The Citadel’s School for the Humanities and Social Sciences.  

NOTE:  If you have questions or encounter any difficulties in the online registration process, please contact Christina Mortti at (843) 953-7477 or email Tiffany Silverman at

Amy E. Herman, JD, MA, designed, developed and conducts all sessions of the The Art of Perception. While working at The Frick Collection, she instituted the program for medical students to improve their observation skills. After expanding the medical program to seven medical schools in New York, Ms. Herman adapted the program for law enforcement professionals across a wide range of agencies including the New York City Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Justice and the Secret Service.

Before joining Thirteen/WNET.ORG as Director of Educational Development in 2007, Ms. Herman was the Head of Education at The Frick Collection for over ten years, where she oversaw all of the Collection’s educational collaborations and community initiatives. Ms. Herman holds a BA in International Affairs from Lafayette College, a JD from the National Law Center, George Washington University, and an MA in Art History from Hunter College.

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