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Zygmont to Present Mackin-Mailander Lecture

Bryan Zygmont Feb. 4, 2014: Clarke University Assistant Professor of art history Bryan Zygmont will speak on the topic "Small Obstacles: Opportunities for Big Growth” at the 
Mackin-Mailander Faculty Lecture.

The lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. in Jansen Musical Hall on the Clarke University Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In January 2013, Zygmont packed his trunks and traveled to Poland to teach at the University of Lodz as a Fulbright professor of American Studies. Largely unfamiliar with the language and the higher education of his host country, the semester that followed was one filled with countless challenges and obstacles, some of which he conquered, and many more that he did not. This amazing experience — the good and bad of it all — helped bring in to focus the process of accepting and at times conquering the common obstacles that we often face. In this talk, Zygmont will explore these obstacles of language, culture, and differences, and discuss how they provided him with opportunities for great growth.

In this humor-filled lecture, Zygmont will present stories — some from extraordinary people from history and others from his own personal experiences — that involve the process of obstacles, accepting challenges, and what can be learned from them. He will speak about President Kennedy, Mount Everest, Indiana Jones, 15-foot-long tiger sharks, why oncological nurses are amazing, explain that Polish is the toughest language to learn, and the reasons why it was impossible for him to have a girlfriend while in middle school.

Zygmont is a graduate of the University of Arizona and the University of Maryland, where he completed his Ph.D. in the history of American art in 2006. He was Visiting Scholar at the National Portrait Gallery in 2005, and is the author of Portraiture and Politics in New York City, 1790-1825, a text that explores the interaction of aesthetics and politics in early American portraiture. He is currently the contributing editor for American Art at Smart History, a peer-reviewed online art history textbook.

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

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