Jerrilynn Dodds: Tue. 15 – Sat. 19 March 2011

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Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor, at Green College.

Jerrilynn Dodds is Dean of Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, and is an author and documentary filmmaker. Her work centers on issues of artistic interchange, and how groups form their identities through art and architecture. She has previously been Distinguished Professor of Art History and Theory at the City University of New York and a lecturer and consultant at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and has also curated numerous museum exhibitions.

Professor Dodds will be presenting several talks on the UBC campus during her stay. For full information, please see:

Tue. 15 March 2011
5.00 – 6.30 p.m., with reception to follow
Green College Coach House, 6201 Cecil Green Park Road, UBC
“THE POLITICS OF THE DESTRUCTION OF MONUMENTS: FROM BABEL TO ATHENS”

Green College Principal’s Series: THINKING AT THE EDGE OF REASON: INTERDISCIPLINARITY IN ACTION

From the moment that monuments began to reflect the collective identity of the groups who build and use them, the destruction of monuments took on potent meanings. This lecture will explore some of those meanings and their uses in societies in an examination of the destruction of public monuments in Egypt, the ancient near east and ancient Greece.

Wed. 16 March 2011
4.00 – 6.00 p.m., with reception to follow
Buchanan Penthouse (between B and C buildings), 1866 Main Mall, UBC
“THE DESTRUCTION AND REUSE OF BUILDINGS IN MEDIEVAL SPAIN: INTERACTION AND INQUISITION”

Co-sponsored by the Department of French, Italian and Hispanic Studies, and the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory

The relationships of Christians, Jews and Muslims in Medieval Spain is often viewed in polarities: romanticized convivencia, or hostile opposition, embodied in the destruction of mosques, churches and synagogues. In this lecture, we will discuss some of these cases of destruction and reuse, with an eye towards the ambivalence that exists, beneath this polarizing act of erasure, in the fabric of life of Medieval Spain.

Thu. 17 March 2011
1.00 – 2.30 p.m.
Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, 6331 Crescent Road, UBC
“HISTORIC MONUMENTS AND THE POLITICS OF CULTURAL GENOCIDE IN BOSNIA (1991-1994)”

Co-sponsored by the Peter Wall Colloquium Program

In the Balkan wars of the early 1990s, the destruction of architecture became a tool of successive campaigns of cultural genocide, meant to help erase one or more of the multiple groups who inhabited contested territories. This lecture will explore the architecture of Orthodox, Catholic and Muslim populations of Bosnia, both in historical encounters, and in the devastating wars of the 1990s.

Sat. 19 March 2011
8.15 p.m.
Lecture Hall No. 2, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, 2194 Health Sciences Mall, UBC
“MEANING AND IDENTITY OF THE DESTRUCTION OF ARCHITECTURE:
FROM THE PARTHENON TO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER”

Co-sponsored by the Vancouver Institute

In a survey of both infamous and surprising cases of the destruction of monuments, we will try to grasp the multiple layers of meaning that cling to great works of architecture, how those meanings transform with time, and how they persist to this day.

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