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Feb. 11, 2004

Onians Will Discuss 'Art History's New Frontier' Feb. 24-25

John Onians, the director of the World Art Research Program at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, will present two lectures on the topic of "Art History's New Frontier" Thursday and Friday, Feb. 24-25 at the University of Iowa.

The lectures, which are free and open to the public will be:

-- 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in Room 2189 of the UI Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility: "Art history's new frontier I: Neuro-art-History"; and

-- 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in the Lounge of the UI International Center: "Art history's new frontier II: "Art Geography."

Onians' campus visit and cross-disciplinary talks are presented by the UI School of Art and Art History, with co-sponsorship from International Programs, the European Studies Group and the Office of the Associate Provost for Health Sciences.

Onians holds a bachelor's degree from Cambridge University, a graduate diploma from the Courtauld Institute and a doctorate from the Warburg Institute. He is the founding editor of the journal Art History, and he has published many scholarly articles. He is also the author of six books: "Art and Thought in the Hellenistic Age" (1979); "Bearers of Meaning" (1988), which won the prestigious Sir Banister Fletcher Prize; "Sight and Insight" (1994); "Classical Art and the Cultures of Greece and Rome" (1999); "Compression vs. Expression" (2003); and the "Atlas of World Art" (2004).

His current research, from which his lectures will be taken, emphasizes the biological and evolutionary bases of artistic activity worldwide.

The School of Art and Art History is part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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