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Release: Feb. 27, 2002

UI lecture series highlights 18th, 19th century 'European Entertainments'

Pictured below: Barbara Stafford, Nigel Rothfels

The University of Iowa 18th and 19th Century Interdisciplinary Colloquium will host a lecture series, "European Entertainments," this spring. The series features three lectures, March 4, March 11 and April 1, that will examine the role that entertainment played in areas of travel, technology and public demonstrations in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Christopher Johns, professor of art at the University of Virginia, will speak about "Spectators and Spectacles: Cultural Tourism and Native Unrest in 18th Century Rome" on Monday, March 4, at 5 p.m. Johns is an expert on visual culture of 18th- and early 19th-century Europe in its interdisciplinary context and has been president of Historians of 18th Century Visual Culture since 1994.

Barbara Marie Stafford, professor of art history at the University of Chicago, will speak about "Artificial Intensity: Images, Instruments, and the Intensification of Reality" on Monday, March 11 at 8 p.m. A contemporary art critic, Stafford's work focuses on intersections of the arts and sciences in early modern and modern periods. She helped to organize and coauthored the catalogue for the current exhibition at the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities, "Devices of Wonder: From the World in a Box to Images on a Screen."

Historian Nigel Rothfels will speak about "Origins of the Modern Zoo" on Monday, April 1 at 5 p.m. Rothfels teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is the director of The Edison Initiative, a program designed to enrich undergraduates through mentoring and research opportunities. He is the author of numerous articles on the history of animal spectacles and of the forthcoming book, "Savages and Beasts: The Origins of the Modern Zoo." He also has edited the forthcoming book, " Representing Animals."

All lectures will be held in room E109 of the Art Building, located on N. Riverside Drive, west of the Iowa River, and will include extensive slide presentations. A reception and informal discussion will follow each lecture. The lecture series is funded by UI International Programs.

The 18th and 19th Century Interdisciplinary Colloquium is an interdisciplinary group at the UI formed in the last year with the goal of fostering connections among scholars whose work focuses on the 18th and 19th centuries. Organizers include College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty members Teresa Mangum, associate professor of English; Dorothy Johnson, professor and Director of the School of Art and Art History; Kim Marra, associate professor of theatre; Roberta Marvin, associate professor of music; and Downing Thomas, associate professor of French.