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Armchair Travel Lecture (via Zoom) - Paper Monuments and Constructed Memories in East-Central Europe with Prof. Justin Cammy

Thursday, February 18, 2021
10:30 am – 11:30 am

Join Justin Cammy for an engaging discussion on the building and concealing of memory, and its implications for the present. Dr. Cammy will be the study leader on the SBMA Tour Monuments & Memory in Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic from June 12 to 24, 2022.

Justin Cammy is associate professor of World Literatures and chair of the Program in Jewish Studies at Smith College in Massachusetts, where he has taught since 2001. He is a literary and cultural historian with research and teaching interests in Yiddish literature and Eastern European Jewish history. In 2006, he was awarded Smith College’s Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching. In recent years Justin Cammy has served as senior fellow at the Goldreich Institute for Yiddish at Tel Aviv University, research fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, translation fellow at the Yiddish Book Center (2018), and research fellow at the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem (2014). His translation of Abraham Sutzkever's memoir Vilna Ghetto will appear in fall 2021.

Ticket Cost:
Virtual Experience via Zoom: FREE

Armchair Travel Lecture (via Zoom) - Michelangelo: The First Modern Artist with Dr. Rocky Ruggiero

Thursday, March 18, 2021
10:30 am – 11:30 am

Join Dr. Ruggiero on an exploration of Michelangelo, who saw the world through the myopic lens of the male nude set in abstract space and surrounded by an extraordinarily expressive range of colors, and ushered in a new interpretive style. Dr. Ruggiero will be the study leader on an SBMA Tour in Italy in 2022.

Rocky Ruggiero has been a professor of Art and Architectural History since 1999. His online lectures on subjects ranging from Ancient Art and Architecture through the Italian Baroque are extremely popular with an expansive worldwide audience, yet this lecture will be exclusive for SBMA Members and travelers. He received his BA from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master of Arts degree from Syracuse University, where he was awarded a prestigious Florence Fellowship in 1996. He furthered his art historical studies at the University of Exeter, UK, where he received a Ph.D. in Art History and Visual Culture. In addition to lecturing for various American universities in Florence, Italy, including Syracuse, Kent State, Vanderbilt, and Boston College, Rocky has starred in various TV documentaries concerning the Italian Renaissance. He recently appeared as an expert witness for NBC News, as well as in the History Channel’s “Engineering an Empire: Da Vinci’s World” and “Museum Secrets: the Uffizi Gallery”, and the recent NatGeo/NOVA PBS program on Brunelleschi’s dome entitled “Great Cathedral Mystery.” Rocky also shares his knowledge and love of Italian art as an academic advisory board member of the non-profit group Friends of Florence and as a frequent collaborator and lecturer for the Friends of the Uffizi Gallery, both of which have provided funds for the restoration of numerous works of art throughout Florence. After living in Florence, Italy for 20 years, Rocky and his family moved to East Greenwich, RI, and he now divides his time between the US and Italy.

Ticket Cost:
Virtual Experience via Zoom: FREE

Armchair Travel Lecture (via Zoom) - Armenia and Georgia: Monasteries, Manuscripts, Mountains, and Modernism with Dr. Keelan Overton

Thursday, April 22, 2021
10:30 am – 11:30 am

Join Dr. Overton for a historical overview of Armenia and Georgia through the lens of art and architecture. With beautiful images as a backdrop, she will share on the fascinating sites she visited in 2019 when she was there for a month doing research and planning the SBMA tour Armenia and Georgia: Monasteries, Manuscripts, Mountains, and Modernism for which she will be the study leader in 2022. She will also be the study leader for SBMA’s Morocco tour in 2022.

Keelan Overton (PhD, UCLA, 2011) is a historian of Islamic art and architecture specializing in the eastern Islamic world. Her recent book is the edited volume Iran and the Deccan: Persianate Art, Culture, and Talent in Circulation, 1400-1700 (Indiana University Press, June 2020). Her current book is a global history of Persian tilework, and this project has been awarded a Getty Scholar grant. For the last six years, Keelan has been as an Independent Scholar based in Santa Barbara, where she divides her time between research, writing, teaching, and travel. This year, she will be teaching at Pomona College and in residence at the Getty working on her book. Dr. Overton previously served as the Curator of Islamic Art at the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (Shangri La) in Honolulu (2011-12) and as an Associate Curator in the Art of the Middle East department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2014 – 15).

Ticket Cost:
Virtual Experience via Zoom: FREE