February 01, 2005

Art historian to lecture on campus

by Paula Davenport

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- One of the world's foremost authorities on African and Afro-Atlantic art will deliver a free public lecture on the subject at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11, in Parkinson Hall's Browne Auditorium, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Art historian Robert Farris Thompson is a professor of art history at Yale University.

He will deliver the year's first Visiting Artist Lecture on campus. The School of Art and Design, part of the College of Liberal Arts, sponsors the series. His talk is free and open to the public.

A captivating lecturer, he often breaks into song and dance and drums during his presentations.

Thompson won the Leadership Award of the Arts Council of the United States African Studies Association for his contributions to scholarship in African and African-American Arts in 1995.

Providing cultural experiences to the greater community is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint for the development of the University by the time it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.