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Release: Feb. 27, 2002
UI lecture series highlights 18th, 19th century 'European Entertainments'
Pictured below: Barbara Stafford, Nigel Rothfels
University of Iowa 18th and 19th Century Interdisciplinary Colloquium will
host a lecture series, "European Entertainments," this spring. The
series features three lectures, March 4, March 11 and April 1, that will examine
the role that entertainment played in areas of travel, technology and public
demonstrations in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries. All lectures
are free and open to the public.
Christopher Johns, professor of art at the University of Virginia, will
speak about "Spectators and Spectacles: Cultural Tourism and Native Unrest
in 18th Century Rome" on Monday, March 4, at 5 p.m. Johns is an expert
on visual culture of 18th- and early 19th-century Europe in its interdisciplinary
context and has been president of Historians of 18th Century Visual Culture
Barbara Marie Stafford, professor of art history at the University of Chicago,
will speak about "Artificial Intensity: Images, Instruments, and the
Intensification of Reality" on Monday, March 11 at 8 p.m. A contemporary
art critic, Stafford's work focuses on intersections of the arts and sciences
in early modern and modern periods. She helped to organize and coauthored
the catalogue for the current exhibition at the Getty Research Institute for
the History of Art and the Humanities, "Devices of Wonder: From the World
in a Box to Images on a Screen."
Historian Nigel Rothfels will speak about "Origins of the Modern Zoo"
on Monday, April 1 at 5 p.m. Rothfels teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
and is the director of The Edison Initiative, a program designed to enrich
undergraduates through mentoring and research opportunities. He is the author
of numerous articles on the history of animal spectacles and of the forthcoming
book, "Savages and Beasts: The Origins of the Modern Zoo." He also
has edited the forthcoming book, " Representing Animals."
All lectures will be held in room E109 of the Art Building, located on N.
Riverside Drive, west of the Iowa River, and will include extensive slide
presentations. A reception and informal discussion will follow each lecture.
The lecture series is funded by UI International Programs.
The 18th and 19th Century Interdisciplinary Colloquium is an interdisciplinary
group at the UI formed in the last year with the goal of fostering connections
among scholars whose work focuses on the 18th and 19th centuries. Organizers
include College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty members Teresa Mangum,
associate professor of English; Dorothy Johnson, professor and Director of
the School of Art and Art History; Kim Marra, associate professor of theatre;
Roberta Marvin, associate professor of music; and Downing Thomas, associate
professor of French.