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Clarke Professor to Present at Elite Symposium at Oxford College

posted on July 27, 2009

Bryan J. Zygmont, Ph.D., assistant professor of art history at Clarke College, is used to public speaking. This week, the art historian will speak to a different type of audience – a group of the world’s most recognized writers, thinkers and scientists.

Zygmont is one of only 39 individuals from throughout the world selected to give presentations at a symposium from July 27 -31 at St. Anne’s College at Oxford College. The symposium, entitled “The Three Cultures: Literature, Religion, and Science,” will feature a keynote address by internationally known Richard Dawkins, who was most recently the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford College. 

At the symposium, Zygmont will discuss an early-19th-century painting that was both influenced by and responded to in the context of science and religion. “Art is always a product of a particular moment in history,” said Zygmont. “It actively reflects changes in attitudes about science and religion and how the two interact.”

His paper and presentation are entitled “Charles Willson Peale’s ‘The Exhumation of the Mastodon’ and the Great Chain of Being: The Interaction of Religion, Science, and Art in Early-Federal America.”

“At its core, art history is amongst the most interdisciplinary of fields,” said Zygmont. “I am delighted to both present my own research and hear about others’ at one of the oldest centers of education in the world.”

For more information, contact the Clarke College Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

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