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Annual Lecture Series

From internationally-recognized senior scholars to emerging art historians who are shaping the future of the discipline, our annual lecture series features a compelling range of voices. Speakers present work across historical periods using diverse methodologies, which addresses a variety of themes and research questions.

2018-2019 Department of Art History Lecture Series

Date Name of Lecturer Title

November 1, 2018, 5:00pm

Lindahl Founders Room

Northrup 2nd Floor

Michael Osman
Associate Professor
University of California, Los Angeles


The Donald R. Torbert Lecture in Architectural History—"Modernism's Visible Hand: Architecture and Regulation in America"


April 8, 2019, 4:00pm

445 Heller Hall

Jenni Sorkin
Associate Professor
University of California, Santa Barbara


"One Thousand Hours: Artistic Labor and the Vase that Established Studio Ceramics"

2017-2018 Department of Art History Lecture Series

Date Name of Lecturer Title

October 24, 2017, 5:30pm

Lindahl Founders Room

Northrup 2nd Floor

Christina Cogdell
Associate Professor of Design and Chair of Design Department
University of California, Davis


The Donald R. Torbert Lecture in Architectural History—"Towards a Living Architecture? Complexity and Biology in Generative Architecture"


November 30, 2017, 4:00pm

710 Social Sciences

Jennifer Awes Freeman
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Theology
University of St. Thomas


"Breastfeeding Cain: Visualizing Eve's Role in the Fall"


April 6, 2018, 4:00pm

445 Heller Hall


Peng Peng, Visiting Assistant Professor

Emily Capper, Visiting Assistant Professor

Jennifer Awes-Freeman, Visiting Assistant Professor

Jennifer Marshall, Associate Professor, and Colleen Stockmann, Graduate Student

-Art History Faculty Symposium-

"The Lost Wax Casting in Bronze Age China: Art and Technology"

"Film As Performance Score"

"The Good Shepherd: Image, Meaning, and Power"

"William Howard's Desks"

April 12, 2018

445 Heller Hall

Annika K. Johnson
PhD Candidate, History of Art & Architecture, University of Pittsburg


"Pipestone at the Confluence of Cultures in the Nineteenth Century"


2016-2017 Department of Art History Lecture Series

Date Name of Lecturer Title

October 4, 2016, 5:00pm

1210 Heller Hall


Louis P. Nelson
Professor of Architectural History and Associate Dean
University of Virginia's School of Architecture


The Donald R. Torbert Lecture in Architectural History—"Architectures of West African Enslavement"


October 12, 2016, 7:30pm

1210 Heller Hall


Tom Rassieur
Curator of Prints and Drawings
Minneapolis Institute of Art


"Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation"


November 10, 2016, 2:30pm

335 Blegen Hall

Ananya Chatterjee
University of Minnesota

Gabriela Currie 
University of Minnesota

Daniela Sandler 
University of Minnesota

"Say What You See: Visual Culture Across Disciplines"

December 1, 2016, 2:30pm

445 Heller Hall

Margaret Cool Root
University of Michigan

Yael Rice
Amherst College

Emma Flatt
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

"The Visual Culture of the Persianate World"

April 8, 2017, 10:30am

McNamara Alumni Center

-19th Century-

Colleen Denney
University of Wyoming

Annika Johnson
University of Pittsburg

Gabriel Weisberg
University of Minnesota


Deborah Hutton
The College of New Jersey

Molly Aitken
City University of New York

Catherine Asher
University of Minnesota

-South Asia-

Rebecca Brown
Johns Hopkins University

Frederick Asher
University of Minnesota

"Liber Amicorum: A symposium honoring Professors Catherine Asher, Frederick Asher, and Gabriel Weisberg"