Bettman Lecture Series

Inaugurated in 2004, the Bettman Series is an annual program of monthly lectures in art history sponsored by the Department of Art History and Archaeology. Endowed with a bequest from Linda Bettman, a former graduate student of the department, the lectures are named in her honor.

Lectures in the fall will take place as live webinars at the customary time of 6:15 pm ET (New York), except for the lecture given by Professor Mario Bevilacqua, who will be presenting from Florence, Italy at 12:15 pm ET (New York), November 15th. We intend to hold spring lectures in person at 610 Schermerhorn, pending potential travel and safety restrictions.

Bettman webinars are open to the public, but only registered attendees will be able to access the event. Links to register for each talk will be posted below; after filling out a short form, you will receive a link via email enabling you to participate as an attendee.

The Bettman series is coordinated by two graduate students, serving on a committee with two faculty members, who act in an advisory role. These are volunteer positions designed to foster community and intellectual engagement within the department. The series is intended to be a student-run initiative and the selection of student members is in the hands of the serving graduate students. (For information on how to become a Bettman series coordinator, please see here.)

Fall 2021

Tuesday, September 14th
Irene Small
Princeton University
“Circling Black Square: Discovery Against Invention”
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Tuesday, September 28th
Mary Roberts
University of Sydney
“Benjamin, Poe and the Rank Orient of the Nineteenth-Century Interior”
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Monday, October 18th
Sheila Dillon
Duke University
“The Portrait Statuary from the Library of Pantainos Complex in the Athenian Agora: Dealing with Legacy Material”
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Monday, November 15th
Mario Bevilacqua
Università di Firenze
“Maps, Trees of Knowledge, and Encyclopaedias: Cartography in Rome, 17th-18th Centuries”
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Spring 2022

Monday, February 14th
Erin Thompson
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
“Kingdom Under Glass: Repatriation of Nepali Sacred Art”

Monday, March 21st
Dorothy Wong
University of Virginia
“What Did Miraculous Images do in the Chinese Buddhist Tradition: A Preliminary Typology”

Monday, April 18th
Sarah Lewis
Harvard University
“Groundwork: Race and Aesthetics in the Era of Stand Your Ground Law”

Fall 2020 – Spring 2021

Fall 2019 – Spring 2020

Fall 2018 – Spring 2019

Fall 2017 – Spring 2018

Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

Fall 2015 – Spring 2016

Fall 2014 – Spring 2015

Fall 2013 – Spring 2014

Fall 2012 – Spring 2013

Fall 2011 – Spring 2012

Fall 2010 – Spring 2011

Fall 2009 – Spring 2010

Fall 2008 – Spring 2009

Fall 2007 – Spring 2008

Fall 2006 – Spring 2007

Fall 2005 – Spring 2006

Fall 2004 – Spring 2005