James Simpson: Iconoclasm and the Cultural Revolution
A look at the history of Anglo-American iconoclasm and contemporary “progressive” iconoclasm in the U.S. with Harvard professor of English James Simpson, who will discuss how the standard liberal view is that iconoclasts are somewhere else and “them.” “They” are vandals in other parts of the globe who destroy art (e.g. ISIS; China’s cultural revolution). The history of Anglo-American iconoclasm tells a slightly less comfortable story of iconoclasts having been us and here (England experienced a century of legislated iconoclasm of every religious image between 1538 and 1644; it exported distrust of the image to New England). Simpson will also turn to perhaps the least comforting instances of iconoclasm, by looking to contemporary “progressive” iconoclasm in the United States, where we see that the iconoclasts are us and now.
Caryn Sowa, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov 21, 12:45 PMNovember 2019 Democratic Debate: Faculty Discussion of Key Points and Takeaways
Who will emerge as the front runner after the next Democratic debate? What will be the most debated points and policy stances Join Wellesley faculty for a debrief, conversation, and Q&A. Pizza lunch will be provided.Event Date:Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 12:45pm
Oct 7–Dec 20Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage
This exhibition, one of the most complete historical portfolios of Havana’s notable buildings, presents architecture as a critical artistic and historical component of the city.Event Date:Monday, October 7, 2019 (All day) to Friday, December 20, 2019 (All day)