Kathleen Coleman

By Barbara Rea on February 10, 2016 in Art & Architecture, Humanities, Spring 2013 / No Comments

At 4 p.m. Thursday, April 11, Kathleen Coleman will give an Assembly Series talk that paints a real picture of the Roman arena spectacle, explaining Roman penal theory and practice regarding Christian martyrdom in the context of the expectations and attitudes of both the Roman authorities and audiences.

Coleman’s talk, the annual John and Penelope Biggs Lecture in the Classics, will be held in Steinberg Hall Auditorium on Washington University’s Danforth Campus; it is free and open to the public.

Christiane Gruber

By Barbara Rea on December 9, 2015 in Art & Architecture, Humanities, Spring 2016 / No Comments

Christiane Gruber’s research interests span medieval Islamic art to contemporary visual culture and predominantly focus on Islamic book arts, paintings of the Prophet Muhammad, and Islamic ascension texts and images. In her talk, “The Praiseworthy One: Devotional Images of the Prophet Muhammad in Islamic Traditions,” Gruber will explore the ways in which, within a variety of Islamic expressive cultures, artists and viewers alike used pictorial language to express devotion to the Prophet Muhammad.

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Kevin P. Ray

By Barbara Rea on December 7, 2015 in Art & Architecture, Spring 2016 / No Comments

As Kevin Ray, a legal expert in the field of cultural assets, notes, there’s a popular saying that bad artists imitate, but great artists steal. In the contemporary art world, the act of using some or all of another artist’s (or musician’s or author’s) work in the process of making your own new work is […]

Nasrine Seraji

By Sayan Patra on April 5, 2015 in Art & Architecture, Fall 2014 / No Comments

On November 7, 2014 internationally distinguished architect, Nasrine Seraji delivered the keynote address for the School of Architecture’s symposium on “Women in Architecture: 1974-2014.” The title of her talk was “As a Woman I Have No Country, as a Woman My Country is the World of Architecture.”