November 10, 2015: Laura Park

Chicago-based cartoonist

Free Puppies and Ice Cream: A Presentation of Impractical Practices and Useful Non-Sequiturs

Bryn Mawr College
Quita Woodward Room
5-6 PM

Sponsored by Professor Shiamin Kwa and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.

Co-sponsored by the Bryn Mawr College Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts, the Class of 1902 Lecture Fund, the Tri-Co Comics Studies Working Group and the Center for Visual Culture.

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Laura Park


November 3, 2015 – Dr. Dede Fairchild Ruggles

Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Sound and Scent in the Andalusian Garden

TUE. NOV. 3, 2015
Bryn Mawr College
Goodhart Hall, Music Rm
150 N Merion Ave, Bryn Mawr
Co-presented by Bryn Mawr College’s Middle East Studies Program and Arabic Program

Islamic gardens were richly sensory environments: the poets tell us so, the manuscript paintings show us, and our own encounters with modern gardens remind us of these pleasures.

Dr. Ruggles will discuss the Andalusian Garden as she tries to answer the question: how do we study the sensory experiences of the past, given that the ephemeral effects of scented flowers and fleeting sounds leave so few traces?

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November 9, 2015 – Film Screening: “An American in Madras”

Documentary Film by Karan Bali

Monday, November 9, 2015
Bryn Mawr College
Thomas Library 224
4:30 PM

Discussion with the filmmaker and refreshments following the film.

Tracing the career of American director Ellis Dungan in the Madras film studios in the 1930s and 40s, Mumbai-based filmmaker Karan Bali explores the fascinating cross-cultural encounter at the heart of the formative years of sound cinema in South India.

Co-sponsored by the Bryn Mawr College Program in Film Studies, Department of Anthropology and the Center for Visual Culture.


November 2, 2015 – Uri McMillan

Assistant Professor, Department of English, UCLA

Sensing Grace Jones: and Other Sensuous Ways of Knowing

Monday, November 2, 2015
Bryn Mawr College
Thomas Library 2247-9 PM

Co-sponsored by the Bryn Mawr College Program in Film Studies, Department of English, Department of History of Art, Program in Gender & Sexuality
and the Center for Visual Culture

In this paper, I approach the oversize, sculptural, and strikingly geometric presence of Jamaican-born model-actress-fashion muse-performer Grace Jones–a figure whose slipperiness has frustrated attempts to decode precise meanings from her large body of body–via performance studies and recent turns to the sensorium. I attempt to reposition Jones, the seeming enfant terrible of art history, in an interdisciplinary framework that recognizes her as a savvy performer, rather than simple aesthetic object, and one that approaches her through multiple senses, rather than simply the musical or ocular. In doing so, Jones emerges as a figure exceeding mere skin, surface, and sound.
Uri McMillan is a cultural historian who researches and writes in the interstices between black cultural studies, performance studies, queer theory, and contemporary art. His first book, Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance (NYU, 2015) is on black performance art, objecthood, and avatars staged by black women artists. He has published articles on performance art, digital media, hip-hop, photography, and nineteenth-century performance cultures in varied arenas such as Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies, and e-misferica (all are available for download at In addition, he has lectured at art museums, including MoMA PS1 and the Hammer Museum, and published numerous essays on black contemporary art for the Studio Museum of Harlem. His work has been supported by the Ford Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.


October 6, 2015 – Between Worlds: Cyprus in Late Antiquity

Henry Maguire
Professor Emeritus, Johns Hopkins University, History of Art
“The Gods, Christ and the Emperor in the Late Antique Art of Cyprus”

Charalambos Bakirtzis
Director, Anastasios G. Leventis Foundation, Cyprus
“Sea Routes and Cape Drepanon: Excavations at Agios Georgios tis Pegeias, Cyprus”

Tuesday, October 6th, 6:00 PM
University of Pennsylvania
104 Jaffe Building

Sponsored by the Center for Ancient Studies at Penn.

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October 1, 2015 – Anthony Cutler Special Lecture

Evan Pugh University Professor in Art History
Penn State University

“Looking for the Exotic in Byzantium and Early Islam”

Thursday, October 1st, 4:30 PM
Bryn Mawr College, Thomas Library 224

Co-sponsored by the Center for Visual Culture, Middle East Studies Program, Department of History of Art, and the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology

Light refreshments served. Free and open to the public.


September 29, 2015 – Words Adorned: Andalusian Poetry & Music

A talk by scholars Dr. Huda Fakhreddine & Dr. Lital Levy
Co-presented by University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations (NELC)

SEPT. 29, 2015 | 7 PM
University of Pennsylvania
Houston Hall, Ben Franklin Rm
3417 Spruce St, Philadelphia

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September 9, 2015 – Carol Symes

Lynn M. Martin Professorial Scholar
Associate Professor of History, Theatre, and Medieval Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Modern War, Medieval Imagery: The Visual Impact of Medievalism during World War I”

Although the First World War is usually understood as a quintessentially modern conflict, the politics and ideologies that led to the war’s outbreak were profoundly shaped by the meanings attached to Europe’s medieval past. Indeed, the war itself was figured as a continuation of medieval wars for sovereignty and self-determination. The visual culture that shaped the propaganda campaigns of the war, and that influenced popular understandings of it, were accordingly saturated with medieval imagery.