April 16, 2002
NORTHAMPTON, MASS.-Laetitia La Follette, associate professor of art history at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, will give the 12th Annual Lehmann Lecture, titled "Spolia and Memory: Ancient Fragments in Roman Architecture," at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, in Stoddard Hall Auditorium, Smith College. The event is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.
In her talk, La Follette will explore the phenomenon of "spolia," pieces of earlier public buildings which were showcased in new construction by the Romans starting in the third century, C.E. La Follette will discuss what this architectural practice reveals about Roman imperial attitudes towards the shaping of memory and history as expressed in public monuments.
Established by the Western Massachusetts Society of the Archeological Institute of America, the Lehman Lecture honors one of the organization's founding members, Haydenville resident Phyllis Williams Lehmann, Emeritus Professor of Art at Smith College. Lehmann taught at Smith from 1946 until her retirement in 1978.
For more information, call Diana Larkin at (413) 586-6799.