James Simpson: Iconoclasm and the Cultural Revolution
A look at the history of Anglo-American iconoclasm and contemporary “progressive” iconoclasm in the U.S. with Harvard professor of English James Simpson, who will discuss how the standard liberal view is that iconoclasts are somewhere else and “them.” “They” are vandals in other parts of the globe who destroy art (e.g. ISIS; China’s cultural revolution). The history of Anglo-American iconoclasm tells a slightly less comfortable story of iconoclasts having been us and here (England experienced a century of legislated iconoclasm of every religious image between 1538 and 1644; it exported distrust of the image to New England). Simpson will also turn to perhaps the least comforting instances of iconoclasm, by looking to contemporary “progressive” iconoclasm in the United States, where we see that the iconoclasts are us and now.
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Nov 12, 2:30–3:45 PMTyler Stovall: White France? Freedom and Race in the Modern Republic
The virtual colloquium series Addressing Racism and Anti-Blackness in French and Francophone Studies features eminent scholars examining the role race plays in systems of power and thought in French and Francophone Studies.Event Date:Thursday, November 12, 2020 -2:30pm to 3:45pm
Nov 12, 5–6:30 PMVirtual Artist Talk Series: Myra Greene
Wellesley’s Nikki Greene in conversation with photographer Myra Greene, who uses ambrotypes to challenge visual legacies of ethnographic classification in detailed explorations of her own skin color and facial features.Event Date:Thursday, November 12, 2020 -5:00pm to 6:30pm