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Fall 2008

'Jewish Artist and Black Africans in Renaissance Art'
Tuesday, October 7, 5:30-7:00pm
Granoff Music Center, room 155

Tomasso Lecture with Paul Kaplan
Paul Kaplan is a Professor of Art History at SUNY, Purchase. His doctoral dissertation examined the image of black Africans in European art up to 1520. He published The Rise of the Black Magus in Western Art, 1985 and many articles in this field. He served as Project Scholar for the artist Fred Wilson's Installation in the American Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, an exploration of the role of black Africans in Venetian art and society entitled "Speak of Me as I Am." He is also a specialist in the political iconography of Venetian Renaissance art, with particular emphasis on the works of Giorgione and Veronese. His current projects include a study of martial imagery in Giorgione, and a comprehensive treatment of the social position and representation of black Africans in Venetian culture. Professor Kaplan is currently a research fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University. Co-sponsored by Africa and the New World.

'The Traditional Arab City and Urban Modernization in the 19th and 20th Centuries'
Tuesday, November 18, 5:30-7:00pm
Cabot Intercultural Center, 7th fl.

André Raymond, Professor Emeritus, Université de Provence, France
André Raymond has served as Director of the French Institute of Arab Studies of Damascus (IFEAD), Professor at the University of Provence, Visiting Professor at Harvard and Princeton Universities, Founding Director of IREMAM in Aix-en-Provence, Vice-President of the Institut du Monde Arabe (Paris), Founding President of the French Association for the Study of the Arab and Muslim World (AFEMAM), and Founding President of EURAMES. His publications include: La Tunisie (1961), Artisans et commerçants au Caire au XVIIIe siècle (l974), The Great Arab Cities: An Introduction (l984), Grandes villes arabes à l'époque ottomane (1985), Ibn Abî l-Diyâf: Chronique des Rois de Tunis (l994), Le Caire des janissaires (1995), Bâlis II (with J.-L. Paillet, l995), Egyptiens et Français au Caire. 1798-18O1 (1998), La ville arabe: Alep, à l'époque ottomane (1998), Le Caire (ed., 2OO1), Arab Cities in the Ottoman Period (2OO2), Le Dîwân du Caire. 1800-1801 (with M. Afifi, 2003), Le Mouradites, Tunis, Cérès (2006), and The City in the Islamic World (forthcoming). Co-Sponsored with The Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies.

'Icons in Early Armenia'
Wednesday, November 19, 5:30-7:00pm
Sophia Gordon Hall, 15 Talbot Avenue

Thomas Mathews, John Langeloth Loeb Professor Emeritus, New York Institute of Art
Thomas Mathews was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) from Weston College, Somerset, UK. After his ordination he returned to the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, studying under the Byzantinist Hugo Buchthal and writing his dissertation on early churches in Constantinople under Richard Krautheimer. He received a Samuel H. Kress Fellowship at the Biblioteca Hertziana, Rome. While a Guest Curator for the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, with a grant from the N.E.H., he organized the "Treasures in Heaven" exhibit of Armenian Illuminated Manuscripts. A fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, led to his appointment on the Visiting Committee of Medieval Art and the Cloisters. He was a senior fellow at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC., and in 2003 he received a J. Paul Getty Trust Collaborative Research Grant, to research his "From Pagan to Byzantine Icons in Late Antique Egypt. Co-Sponsored with the Department of Classics.
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