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The 30th Annual Arthur M. Berger Lecture Focuses on Roman Monuments and Political Significance
Thursday, 11 October 2012 09:46

Barbara Kellum is giving this year's Berger LectureThe 30th Annual Arthur M. Berger Lecture will feature Barbara Kellum, Professor of Art History at Smith College. She will examine the monuments of the city of Rome and their political significance in her lecture, "All in the Family: the Loquacious Objects of Augustan Rome."

"Kellum is an expert in art of ancient Rome under the Emperor Augustus. Her talk will delve into the creation of monuments in Rome at this time, which were often named after family members of the Imperial family," Professor Lisa Rafanelli of the Art History Department said. "By exploring this phenomenon, she will show how the stories of the lives of the Imperial family became an integral part of the lives of everyday Romans."

The lecture will take place on October 17, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the West Room, Reid Hall.

Kellum holds a Ph.D. in Art History from Harvard University, where she wrote a dissertation on Sculptural Programs and Propaganda in Augustan Rome: The Temple of Apollo on the Palatine and the Forum of Augustus. While researching her thesis, she was a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. She is the author of numerous articles and chapters, and was co-editor of Sexuality in Ancient Art: Near East, Egypt, Greece, and Italy (Cambridge 1996).

The Arthur M. Berger Lecture Series began in 1982. Berger was a businessman who later in his life took art history classes at Manhattanville. When he passed away, his family instituted this fund in his honor. Joyce Cowin, Berger's daughter, continues to attend the lecture yearly.

"Over the past 30 years, some of the most prominent art historians, cultural historians, museum curators and others have been brought to campus thanks to this fund," Rafanelli said.