NEH chair to address Midwest Art History Society conference

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Bruce Cole, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), will deliver the keynote address at the Midwest Art History Society’s annual conference Thursday through Saturday (April 1-3) at the University of Notre Dame.p. A scholar of Renaissance art and former professor of art history and literature at Indiana University, Cole was nominated in the spring of 2001 by President Bush to lead the NEH and confirmed by the Senate later that year as the organization’s eighth chair. He will deliver his address, ?The NEH: A Portrait,? 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Annenberg Auditorium of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art.p. Among the some 20 presentations offered during the three-day conference will be a panel discussion titled ?The Loss of Iraqi Art Treasures, the Spoilage of Archeological Sites, and the Destruction of Iraqi Libraries and Archives? at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the McKenna Hall auditorium.p. Both the keynote address and the panel discussion are free and open to the public. Other presentations are open only to registered participants.p. Founded in 1973, the Midwest Art History Society brings together academic, museum-based and independent art historians for scholarly inquiry and exchange of ideas. This year’s conference is sponsored by Notre Dame’s Department of Art, Art History and Design, the Snite Museum of Art, Medieval Institute, Graduate School, and Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts.

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