JANUARY 22, 1999

History in art symposium offers plenty of diversity

Elisabeth Langford has an answer for anyone who has ever asked: "Why are you studying history in art and what are you going to do afterwards?" It's the History in Art Students' Symposium, scheduled for Jan. 29-30.

Langford and fellow MA student Nancy Yakimoski have pulled together 17 symposium presentations by undergraduate and graduate students, many of whom will go on to teaching or museum and gallery curatorial careers.

Labels are hard to find for the breadth of subjects on the agenda. "It's not theoretical. The best way to describe it is that it's really diverse," says Langford.

Examples? How about Leonardo da Vinci and cosmology, or the nature of personal identity in the work of contemporary Vancouver artist Xu Giong. Students will also talk about recent field research in Turkey and India, and there will be several presentations on different aspects of life in medieval cities.

"It's amazing," says Langford, "that, for a small department, there is such a wide range of research."

Students in the department are encouraging the rest of the campus community and beyond to drop in.

The first presentation&emdash;in room 103 of the Fine Arts Building&emdash;begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, with other presenters continuing until 7 p.m. A full day is planned for Saturday, Jan. 30 (from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

For more information, call 370-3456 for a voice mail message (press option #3).

Symposium sponsors are the graduate students society, the history in art course union, and the history in art department.

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