From the Chair
Faculty members in the Department are committed to excellence in narrative and analytical historical reading and writing. They offer a variety of services to students who wish to improve their reading or writing skills, or who wish to pursue a historical problem in more depth than class time permits. Students may also study with members of the faculty on independent reading or research projects. — Marie Marianetti
Amanda Wunder’s research focuses on the cultural and art history of Spain in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. She teaches history classes at Lehman on early modern (1450-1750) Europe as well as more specialized courses on Spain in the Golden Age. Prof. Wunder, a former fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, gives gallery talks at that institution, and works closely with New York City museums for her own research. As a result of this work, she often incorporates museum visits into her courses. She was recently appointed Deputy Executive Officer of the Art History program at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Prof. Wunder has recently completed a book-length manuscript entitled “Worldly Glory: Artists, Aristocrats, and the Creation of Baroque Seville.” The book is an interdisciplinary study of history and art history that tells the story of social and artistic transformations in Seville between 1503 and 1717, when the city was the exclusive port of trade between Spain and the Americas. According to Prof. Wunder, “The title is inspired by a gruesome painting by the Sevillian artist Juan de Valdés Leal called Finis Gloriae Mundi (The End of Worldly Glory), which depicts the inevitable destruction that death brings to all worldly pleasures and privileges—a fitting metaphor for what happened in Seville as the city rose and then fell with the fortunes of the Spanish Empire.”
News and Announcements
History Department co-sponsors British History conference at Lehman
The Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies held its annual conference at Lehman on March 23-24, with more than 80 professors and graduate students from around the world in attendance. Lehman will again host this conference next spring! Click here for mote information.
Eric Foner delivers lecture on slavery at Lehman
Foner Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University delivered a well-attended lecture at Lehman on February 13 on "Lincoln, Slavery, and Emancipation." His book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, won, among other awards, the Bancroft Prize, Pulitzer Prize for History, and The Lincoln Prize.
Students: check out these useful resources!
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Last modified: May 14, 2013