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Saturday, March 6

Christian A. Johnson Symposium in the History of Art and Architecture

Symposium
Time: 9:00am
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

A public symposium with papers presented by Middlebury College faculty and students of the Department of History of Art and Architecture. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, and the Christian A. Johnson Enrichment Fund.

Thursday, March 11

“Recent Acquisitions in Ancient Art at the Middlebury College Museum of Art”

Gallery Talk
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Museum of Art, Lower Gallery

Pieter Broucke, Professor of Art and Architecture

Pieter Broucke, professor of history of art and architecture and associate curator of ancient art, will discuss recent acquisitions of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Early-Byzantine art, including a New Kingdom canopic jar, a second-century relief portrait from Palmyra, and a mosaic fragment from Syria.

Thursday, March 18

“Bollywood Cinema and Mughal History: Creative Revisionism in Contemporary Indian Film”

Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221

Cynthia Packert, Professor of History of Art and Architecture

Akbar, the mid-sixteenth century Mughal ruler of India, was renowned as a just and politically astute ruler. Although a Muslim, he embraced learning about the other faiths in his empire, especially Hinduism. Indeed, one of his most important political negotiations was to take a bride, popularly known as Jodha-Bai, from a Hindu Rajput clan. Their marriage was legendary. In this talk Cynthia Packert, professor of history of art and architecture, will explore the romance, the myths, the politics, and the film representations of this great Muslim-Hindu union, as well as explore what meaning these films might have for understanding Muslim-Hindu relations in contemporary India. She will also look at the ways that Mughal and Rajput paintings were used as sources for the films.