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Wednesday, November 4

The Monkey King and I: The Making of American Born Chinese

Illustrated Lecture via Skype
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Davis Family Library, Room 105

Gene Luen Yang, Cartoonist


Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang describes how he created his critically-acclaimed graphic novel American Born Chinese. Gene shares the sources of his ideas, including the book’s connections to both modern American pop culture and the Ming dynasty novel Journey to the West. Gene also discusses the comics medium’s place in Asian American culture. This event is presented in association with the exhibition The Art of Storytelling: Five Tales from Asia, Then and Now. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Chinese Department, the Program in East Asian Studies, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, and the Christian A. Johnson Enrichment Fund.

Thursday, November 5

Ancient Near Eastern Art—in New England and in the News

Illustrated Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Susan Ackerman, Professor of Religion, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Jewish Studies at Dartmouth and President of the American Schools of Oriental Research; and Shalom Goldman, Professor of Religion at Middlebury


Susan Ackerman, Professor of Religion, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Jewish Studies at Dartmouth and President of the American Schools of Oriental Research, and Shalom Goldman, Professor of Religion at Middlebury, will discuss the legacy of Near Eastern Art in American museums and the ongoing destruction of the ancient cultural patrimony in Iraq and Syria. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the Religion Department, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, and the Director of the Arts.

Saturday, November 7

Friends of the Art Museum Purchase Party

Members Dinner
Time: 5:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby and Museum

Friends of the Art Museum


The annual signature event of the Museum Friends, when the group determines what gift it will present to the museum with its membership funds. Members only, RSVP required. For membership information, please contact Mikki Lane at 802.443.2309 or visit our membership page.

Monday, November 9

Subjects/Objects of Production, Consumption, and Desire: The Japanese Manga Comics Tales of Genji

Illustrated Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 125

Lynn Miyake, Professor of Japanese at Pomona College


For more than a thousand years the eleventh century Tale of Genji has captured the imagination of writers and artists who re-conceived it as literary, musical, and painterly transpositions. In 1970 Genji appeared in one of its newest iterations—Japanese manga comics—today boasting more than thirty versions and visual styles. Lynn Miyake, Professor of Japanese at Pomona College, will discuss the range of manga interpretations, which speaks to this ancient tale’s interpretive richness. Visually, narratively, affectively, manga remediate male and female gazes, gently add humor, gender flip, queer, and simultaneously re-inscribe and challenge hetero-normative gender norms. Cosponsored by the Middlebury College Museum of Art; the Japanese Studies Department; the East Asian Studies Program; the Department of History of Art and Architecture; the Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Program; and the Christian A. Johnson Enrichment Fund.