Letters Archive
Spring 2001, Vol. 9, No. 2 (requires Adobe Acrobat)
  • Creating the Spanish American Literary Boom: The View From the U.S.
  • An Interview with Lucius Outlaw and Arnold Rampersad
  • William Styron's Robert Penn Warren Lecture on Southern Letters Rescheduled
  • Breakfast with José Ramos-Horta
  • John Clarke to Present Inaugural Goldberg Lecture
  • Religion and Public Life: Is America God's Country?
  • John Clarke to Present Inaugural Goldberg Lecture

    The inaugural Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Annual Lecture in Fine Arts will be presented on Thursday, March 15, 2001 at 4:10 p.m (campus location to be announced). The speaker will be John Clarke, Annie Laurie Howard Regents Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Clarke's lecture is entitled "Visual Representation, Sexual Cultures, and Viewers in Ancient Rome."
    Professor Clarke received his Ph.D. from Yale University. His first book, Roman Black-and-White Figural Mosaics, appeared in 1979. In 1980, he began teaching at the University of Texas at Austin, where his teaching, research, and publications focus on ancient Roman art, art-historical methodology, and contemporary art. In 1991, The Houses of Roman Italy, 100 B.C -- A.D. 250: Ritual, Space, and Decoration was published by the University of California Press. The fruit of ten years of on-site research at Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Ostia Antica, the book analyzes the imagery of wall painting and mosaics in seventeen houses to gain an understanding of the owners' tastes and beliefs. Looking at Lovemaking: Constructions of Sexuality in Roman Art, 100 B.C -- A.D. 250, a study of how erotic art can reveal ancient Roman attitudes toward love, gender, and race, followed in 1998. He recently completed the manuscript for his latest book, Art in the Lives of Ordinary Romans: Visual Representation and Non-Elite Viewers in Italy, 100 B.C.-A.D. 315, to be published by the University of California Press. In it, Clarke investigates how art made by or for the lower strata of Roman society encodes individuals' identity and acculturation.
    Clarke serves on the Board of Directors of the College Art Association (1991 -- 2001), and was President from 1998 -- 2000. He was recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Council of Learned Societies (2000 -- 2004). He served as a consultant to the television documentary Pornography: The Secret History of Civilization, produced by World of Wonder (London) for Britain's Channel 4. This six-part series first aired in September 1999.

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