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Julius Fund Lecture in Ancient Art: “The Roman-period Theater as Cognitive Microecology: Setting, Seating, and Costume”

The Department of Art History and Art will host Diana Ng, associate professor of art history at University of Michigan-Dearborn, for the Julius Fund Lecture in Ancient Art Wednesday, April 20, at 5 p.m. in Tinkham Veale University Center’s Ballroom A.

The lecture will examine Roman-period theater as a cognitive ecology, one that supported and engaged different modes of thinking and learning by its occupants during nondramatic, civic and political gatherings. Using cognitive theory as a heuristic framework, this talk will argue that the architecture and sculptural displays worked in tandem with controlled seating and specific manners of dress to promote effective learning about social class and cultural and civic identities. 

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the lecture.