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Gallery Talk

Co-curators of the exhibit “Embracing the Uncarved Wood” will speak at a gallery talk on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 4:30 p.m., in the Rothman Gallery of the Phillips Museum of Art.

Richard Kent, professor of art history at Franklin & Marshall College, and Christopher Zhu, an art critic and former assistant director of the Shanghai Museum, will discuss the 34 wood relief sculptures created by The True Words Studio, a collective of deaf and mute artists in Shandong, China. Also slated to speak at the gallery talk is Virginia Maksymowicz, associate professor of art at F&M.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, opened on Jan. 30 and will run through April 12.

On Friday, Feb. 13, at 3 p.m., Zhu will give a talk titled, “Traditional Chinese Aesthetics: How Chinese Look at Art” in the Bonchek House Seminar Room.

Happy Birthday Mr. Darwin

Dan Ardia, assistant professor of biology, will present the 2009 Darwin Day Lecture, titled “Organisms in Nature as a Central Focus in Biology: Remembering Darwin’s Legacy in a Time of Reductionism,” on Thursday, Feb. 12, at noon, in the Booth Ferris Room in the Steinman College Center.

The lecture, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species, is free and open to the public.

And You Too, Mr. Lincoln

Marking the 200th anniversary of the birthday of President Abraham Lincoln, Franklin & Marshall College Department of History welcomes Matthew Pinsker, the Pohanka Professor of Civil War History at Dickinson College, on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m., in Stahr Auditorium in Stager Hall, to discuss “Abraham Lincoln and the Doctrine of Electoral Necessity.”

Pinsker will explain presidential war powers and how Lincoln valued the role of popular elections in navigating the inevitable trade-offs between preserving national security and respecting civil liberties.

Pinsker is the author of Lincoln’s Sanctuary, and is an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer this year. He has served as a visiting fellow at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Sex, Lies and Intertexts

The Department of Classics welcomes S. Douglas Olson, professor of Greek at the University of Minnesota, on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 4:30 p.m., for a lecture titled, “Sex, Lies and Intertexts: Reading the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite.” The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Stahr Auditorium in Stager Hall.