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Anti-Racist Statement from the Department of History of Art and Architecture (April 2021)

April 5, 2021

A letter by David J. Roxburgh, Department Chair:

Dear members of the HAA community,

I am writing today about the rise in anti-Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander violence and hate crimes which reached a new height in the mass shootings in Atlanta and the death of six Asian women. While these senseless and brutal acts, fueled by racist rhetoric, have grown exponentially in the past year they are by no means unprecedented expressions of prejudice and hate against the members of our Asian and AAPI community...

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Black Lives Matter Statement from the Department of History of Art and Architecture (June 2020)

June 18, 2020

A letter by David J. Roxburgh, Chair, on behalf of the Faculty and Staff of HAA:

Dear Members of the HAA Community,

We, the Faculty and Staff of the Department of the History of Art and Architecture (HAA), affirm this truth: Black Lives Matter.

The past several weeks have been painful beyond measure, and it is difficult to put into words the sense of outrage and sadness we feel from the acts of intolerable and violent racism culminating with the recent police murders of...

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Professor Suzanne Blier elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 29, 2022

Congratulations to Professor Suzanne Blier, Allen Whitehill Clowes Chair of Fine Arts and of African and African American Studies, for her recent election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences honors excellence and convenes leaders from every field of human endeavor to examine new ideas, address issues of importance to the nation and the world, and work together “to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a...

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Professor Hamburger wins Gutenberg Prize of the city of Mainz and the International Gutenberg Society

March 22, 2022
Congratulations to Professor Jeffrey Hamburger who will be awarded the biannual Gutenberg Prize of the city of Mainz (birthplace of Johannes Gutenberg) and the International Gutenberg Society for 2022. The prize, delivered by the mayor of Mainz, is given for “an outstanding artistic, technical or scientific achievement in the field of the art of printing” and, in Professor Hamburger's case, for his contributions to the history of the book, specifically, relations between manuscript and print culture in the fifteenth century, most recently, in his book Color... Read more about Professor Hamburger wins Gutenberg Prize of the city of Mainz and the International Gutenberg Society
Two Muqarnas authors win Professor Hasan-Uddin Khan Article Award

Two Muqarnas authors win Professor Hasan-Uddin Khan Article Award

March 17, 2022

The International Journal of Islamic Architecture and the Award Jury is pleased to announce the 2022 winners of the Professor Hasan-Uddin Khan Article Award.

Award Winner: Laura Parodi, "Kabul, a Forgotten Mughal Capital: Gardens, City, and Court at the Turn of the Sixteenth Century," Muqarnas 38, 2021, pp. 79-119

Honourable Mention: Mikael Muehlbauer, "From Stone to Dust:...

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Portrait of a Gaofeng Yuanmiao, 1238 – 1295 Chūan Kinkō (mid-15th century) Japan, Muromachi period, 1392-1568 Ink on paper H x W (image): 58.4 x 37.4 cm Gift of Charles Lang Freer Freer Gallery of Art, F1911.317a-b

National Museum of Asian Art Exhibition, “The Arts of Devotion”, co-curated by Professor Yukio Lippit

February 22, 2022

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art will exhibit the breadth of its medieval Zen ink paintings, highlighting rare and striking works from Japan and China to unveil the world of medieval Japanese monasteries. Co-curated by Professor Yukio Lippit, the Jeffrey T. Chambers and Andrea Okamura Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University, “Mind Over Matter: Zen in Medieval Japan” tells the story of the religious tradition’s birth in China around the fifth century and its expansion to Korea, Japan and eventually the United States.

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Professor Joseph Koerner elected as Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries

February 8, 2022

Congratulations to Professor Joseph Koerner, who was recently elected to be a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. Founded in 1707, the Society of Antiquaries is a learned society consisting of archaeologists, historians, anthropologists, and art historians “unified by their curiosity in the human journey through time.”

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“Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches”, new HBO documentary featuring Professor Sarah Lewis

February 4, 2022
A new HBO documentary, “Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches”, will air on February 23rd at 9 pm. In the film, five of the seminal anti-slavery activist’s speeches will be performed, with context provided by scholars including Professor Sarah Lewis and Henry Louis Gates Jr. Find out more here. Read more about “Frederick Douglass: In Five Speeches”, new HBO documentary featuring Professor Sarah Lewis

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