Programs and Tours
2013 History of Art Freer Symposium: Arts of the Arab World Uprisings, Keynote Address with CNN Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty
CNN foreign affairs correspondent and UM alumna Jill Dougherty will give the keynote address for this year's History of Art Freer Symposium, "Arts of the Arab World Uprisings". Dougherty has traveled widely with former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and reported from more than 50 countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, and North Korea. During the recent Middle East uprisings, images were disseminated through countless venues as demonstrators and others turned to using their cameras, photographs, computers, pens, and paints to create visualized forms of dissent while simultaneously communicating politicized messages and building records of the ongoing upheavals. The resulting flood of images of torture, violence, anger, frustration, joy, and hope resulted from participant observation and eyewitness journalism, in turn coalescing into a larger visual amalgam through the cybermedia. As communicative devices, images have played a key role in contesting the status quo, building group consensus, and securing support locally and internationally. This symposium explores these visual arts and other expressive media, bringing together internationally acclaimed journalists, writers, bloggers, activists, cinematographers, photographers, cartoonists, and scholars whose work explores or makes use of image-based modes of communication. More info at www.lsa.umich.edu/histart/ArtsOfTheArabWorldUprisings. This program is co-sponsored by UMMA. The conference is organized by Professors Christiane Gruber (History of Art) and Juan Cole.
Thursday, 14 November, 2013
Helmut Stern Auditorium
University of MichiganMuseum of Art
525 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1354