James Simpson, Chair, Department of English and Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Professor of English, Harvard University
The destruction of iconic images and monuments—iconoclasm—carried out today by extremists representing a wide range of political and religious views, makes many recoil in horror. This response, however, is in part derived from the fact that our Western cultures have themselves been fiercely iconoclastic. James Simpson will discuss the six classic phases of iconoclasm in European history and highlight the role that museums have played in protecting objects from major iconoclastic events. From this history, he will put current iconoclasm into perspective.
Free and open to the public.
Co-sponsored by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and Harvard Semitic Museum
Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138
Free event parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.