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"Poverty, the Spirit, and the History of Art", a talk by Professor Robert Edward Gordon

Friday, January 17, 2020

Please join us for a talk by our CBS fellow, Prof. Robert Edward Gordon on January 23.

Title: Poverty, the Spirit, and the History of Art

The problem of poverty continues to be a perennial one for civil societies around the globe. It has been addressed by sociologists, political scientists, philosophers, theologians and spiritual leaders, artists, economists, and many others. The issue is both a material and spiritual one, impacting one’s financial and psychological well-being. Yet, can aesthetic considerations play any role in better understanding the challenge of poverty in the world? This talk considers the extent to which the history of art can contribute to the ongoing dialogue. It explores various areas where art historical ideas intersect with current notions surrounding the topic of poverty. It maintains that the history of art can provide important insights into the subject, even as its goal is not to seek a final solution to the problem. Is it pretentious or vain for the realm of high culture to think that it can say anything of value to those experiencing the lowest strata of material subsistence, in all its hopelessness and despair? You may decide. 
Location:Kendrick Seminar Room, Social Sciences 128

Time:Thursday, January 23 - 12:30-1:45 pm  
The talk will be about 20 to 30 minutes, with 45 minutes for open discussion.