Cornille Lecture with Jane Kamensky
Historian Jane Kamensky explores the life and art of the painter John Singleton Copley (1738-1815) in the geopolitical context of his times. Copley's era was punctuated by almost ceaseless imperial warfare, including the Seven Years War, the Napoleonic wars, and two bloody conflicts between Britain and North America, the first of which we in the United States call the American Revolution. Those wars—and indeed the age of Atlantic revolutions—look different through Copley's eyes. Copley's art, in turn, looks different when its broader contexts are recovered.
Jane Kamensky earned her B.A. and Ph.D. in History from Yale University, and has taught at Brandeis since 1993. She offers courses in colonial American history, women's and family history, and the writing of history; courses that have been recognized with a university-wide award for excellence in teaching. Her scholarship has been supported by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies.
Jane Kamensky is the Wellesley College Mary Cornille Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities and the Harry S. Truman Professor of American Civilization at Brandeis University.