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Release: Oct. 31, 2001

Scholars of 18th century gather at UI for conference on 'Beauty'

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A group of interdisciplinary scholars who focus on the18th century will gather at the University of Iowa Nov. 9-11 for the annual meeting of the Mid-Western American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Downing Thomas, a professor of French and Italian in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the group's current president and has organized the meeting. All sessions will be held in the Iowa Memorial Union.

Included in the program are three free, public lectures by conference participants that seek to illuminate the conference theme, which is "Beauty." All three public lectures will be held in the Illinois room, 348 IMU.

-- Mary Hunter of Bowdoin College will speak on "Producing Beauty: the Idea of the Performer in the Late 18th-century Musical Thought," on Friday, Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m.

-- Bernadette Fort of Northwestern University will speak on "The 'Beau Sex' at the Salon: The Gendering of Art Criticism in Eighteenth-Century France," on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m.

-- Garrett Stewart, the James O. Freedman Professor of English at the UI, will speak on "The Sublimed Page in Painting: Into and Beyond Romanticism," on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m.

Also part of the conference is a free recital of 18th century music presented by the UI School of Music on Friday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. in Clapp Recital Hall. The La Fosse Baroque Ensemble will perform the first half of the concert, featuring George Frederich Handel's Concerto Grosso in G Major (op. 6 no. 1), an aria from J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion, sung by Katherine Eberle, and Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major. The second half of the concert will open with Kristin Thelander performing a Rondo by W.A. Mozart on the natural (valveless) horn, accompanied by Rene Lecuona on the piano. The concert will conclude with Franz Joseph Haydn's String Quartet in D Major (op. 20 no. 4) performed by the Maia String Quartet.

More information and a complete conference program is available online

The conference is co-sponsored by the Graduate College, Office of the Vice President for Research, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, International Programs, School of Music, and the departments of classics, French & Italian, German, Spanish & Portuguese, history, and theatre arts.