Kudos to our Art History majors graduating with honors! Fulfillment of honors requirements includes a yearlong course sequence that culminates in the completion of a thesis. Congratulations to Colleen Stapleton, whose thesis is titled “Indifferent Objects: The Comedic in the Work of Rachel Harrison” (Advisor: Kevin Hatch) and to Aidan Quigley, author of “Vegetating Modernism: Understanding the Green Roof” (Advisor: Julia Walker).
On May 30, Associate Professor Nancy Um will give a talk, titled “A Sufi Saint’s Legacy in Yemen: Architectural Perspectives on the Global Coffee Trade, the Indian Ocean World, and the Ottoman Empire, 15th – 19th C,” at Seoul National University. The talk will take place at 4 p.m. in Building 4 (Shinyang Humanities building) in room 301.
In recognition of her contributions as a 2016 Engaged Faculty Fellow at the Center for Civic Engagement, Associate Professor Karen Barzman was honored at a reception last week. Professor Barzman will be highlighting the relationship between research and community engagement in her fall 2016 seminar, “Partnerships in Sustainable Community Revitalization: A ‘Virtual Incubator’ for Micro-Development in Distressed Neighborhoods in Binghamton.”
Congratulations to Hala Auji (PhD 2013), Assistant Professor of Islamic Art at the American University Beirut, whose monograph Printing Arab Modernity: Book Culture and the American Press in Nineteenth-Century Beirut will be published in June 2016 by Brill:
During the nineteenth century, the American Mission Press in Beirut printed religious and secular publications written by foreign missionaries and Syrian scholars such as Nāṣīf al-Yāzijī and Buṭrus al-Bustānī, of later nahḍa fame. In a region where presses were still not prevalent, letterpress-printed and lithographed works circulated within a larger network that was dominated by manuscript production. In this book, Hala Auji analyzes the American Press publications as important visual and material objects that provide unique insights into an era of changing societal concerns and shifting intellectual attitudes of Syria’s Muslim and Christian populations. Contending that printed books are worthy of close visual scrutiny, this study highlights an important place for print culture during a time of an emerging Arab modernity.
Later this month, Associate Professor Karen Barzman will travel to Croatia for a conference she has organized at the University of Zadar, Croatia titled Negotiating Limits between Early Modern Sovereignties: Venetian Dalmatia and Ottoman Bosnia, 15th – Early 18th Centuries. The conference has received support both from a Lila Acheson Wallace Special Project Grant from Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, and from a Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant. Click here for the complete program.