Ivan Gaskell gave a paper on the aesthetics of Roger Fry at the annual American Society for Aesthetics Eastern Meeting and presented summarizing remarks to conclude the symposium, Object Lessons: The Panza Collection Initiative at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. At the symposium, LaurelX: Celebrating the Career of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, Cambridge, Massachusetts, he presented a paper on “Harvard, History, and a House Museum.” He is currently in residence in Göttingen for his annual two-month period as Permanent Fellow of the Lichtenberg-Kolleg (Advanced Study Institute).

Paul Stirton
presented the keynote address at the three-day conference “Visualizing Cataclysm and Renewal: Visual Culture and War Representations in Central Europe in World War One and its Aftermath,” organized by the Budapest Historical Museum in May. His talk was entitled “The Processes of Modernity: Hungarian Visual Culture and the First World War.”

Ittai Weinryb
is a visiting professor this summer at Passau University in Bavaria where he and his students are studying the votive paintings in the nearby pilgrimage Church of Mariahilf. With Professor Beate Fricke, he organized a conference at the University of Bern on incense burners across cultures.

Catherine Whalen
and Meredith Linn represented Bard Graduate Center at the annual conference of the North Eastern Public Humanities Consortium on April 26-27, hosted by the University of Massachusetts Boston, Harvard University, and Tufts University. PhD candidate Colin Fanning also gave a presentation on museums, the craft of exhibitions, and strategies for audience outreach. Topics of inquiry ranged from community partnerships to digital humanities to academic initiatives in public intellectual work. The mission of the consortium, founded by Yale University, is to foster scholarly public engagement animated by humanistic inquiry in support of art, culture, history, and education for a more democratic society. Whalen attended the annual meeting of the Consortium for American Material Culture, hosted by the University of Delaware’s Center for Material Culture Studies and the Winterthur Museum. Founded by Dean Peter N. Miller at Bard Graduate Center in 2007, the consortium has brought together leading academics and curators from major institutions at annual meetings to discuss a broad range of issues in material culture studies.