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S. Hollis Clayson to Deliver Lecture March 3

February 26, 2008 | by Wendy Leopold
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Art historian S. Hollis Clayson will deliver the inaugural lecture as the first Bergen Professor in the Humanities on Lecture at 5 p.m. Monday, March 3, at Northwestern University.

Clayson's lecture/slide show -- titled "Looking within the Cell of Privacy: Painter-Printmakers and the Invention of the Parisian Interior, 1850-1900" -- will take place in Room 107 of Harris Hall, 1881 Sheridan Road, Evanston campus. A reception will follow. Both lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Clayson was named Bergen Professor in the Humanities and director of Northwestern's Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities in 2006. A historian of modern art who specializes in 19th century painting, she is currently at work on a book about Paris in the transatlantic imagination.

Clayson is co-author of "Understanding Paintings: Themes in Art Explored and Explained," a book that has been translated into six languages. She also is author of "Paris in Despair: Art and Everyday Life Under Siege (1870-71)" and "Painted Love: Prostitution in French Art of the Impressionist Era."

Clayson has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, Kaplan Center for the Humanities, Clark Institute and the Getty Research Institute. Former associate dean of Northwestern's Graduate School, she has lectured at the American University of Paris and the Musee d'Art Americain Giverny.

The Bergen Evans Professorship in the Humanities is named for a hugely popular professor of English who taught at Northwestern from 1932 to 1974. Evans attracted as many as 700 students to his famed "Introduction to Literature" lectures. He earned national recognition as the emcee from a 1950s' primetime television game show called "Down You Go." He later served as the "authority" on the "The $64,000 Question."

For further information about the lecture, call (847) 467-3005.
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