Hiram College

On March 24-25, Art Professor Lisa Safford will present her paper “Cultural Heritage Preservation and Modernization in China: Problems, Perspectives, and Potentials,” at the Asian Studies Development Program Annual Conference in Boston. The paper was based on her participation in a Fulbright-Hays Foundation Seminar Abroad Travel Grant to China from the summer of 2010. It addresses the enormous physical changes to the city of Beijing during the decade leading up to the 2008 Olympics, the increasing alarm expressed by foreigners especially, and some Chinese, regarding the concurrent degradation of cultural patrimony. Some of the paper content was based on interviews with government, education and media officials in four cities in China.

Also, Safford will chair a session at the same ASDP National Conference in Boston titled, “Contemporary Art in China.” As chair, she will introduce the speakers and the topics, and will lead a discussion of the presented papers at the end.

On April 15-16, Safford will present her paper “On Birth and Purgatory: Influences from Dante’s ‘Commedia’ and Cristoforo Landino’s ‘Comento’ on Domenico Ghirlandaio’s Tornabuoni Chapel Frescoes,” at the Midwest Art History Society in Grand Rapids, Mich. The paper is based on her participation in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College teachers, “Dante’s Divine Comedy and the Medieval World: Literature, History, and Art,” which was held in Prato, Italy in June 2009. The paper explored Dante Alighieri’s influence on Florentine art and culture some 160 years after his death in exile in 1321.

To find out more about the Asian Studies Development Program Annual Conference in Boston, please visit their website.

To find out more about the Midwest Art History Society in Grand Rapids, Mich, please visit their website.