Symposium and Reception to Honor Retiring Art Historian, Former GSAS Dean Dale Kinney

Posted September 30th, 2010 at 3:02 pm.

photo of Dale kinneyOn Wednesday, Oct. 6, Eugenia Chase Guild Professor in the Humanities Dale Kinney will be honored by current and former students from around the country—including Alicia Walker ’94, who will take Kinney’s place on the history of art faculty next year—at a daylong symposium in Wyndham’s Ely Room.

As the seminar draws to a close, President Jane McAuliffe will host a reception honoring Kinney, who will retire at the end of the semester. Bryn Mawr students, faculty, and staff are invited to both the symposium and the reception. To attend the symposium, please RSVP to Sarah Bassett (sebasset[at]

Sarah Bassett,  now on the history of art faculty at the University of Indiana, took the lead in organizing the symposium, titled “Gaudeamus Igitur: a symposium in honor of Dale Kinney.”

The title, Basset says, was inspired by an “academic drinking song, which is known from a 13th-century manuscript that was then written up in more formal form in the 18th century. It means ‘Let us rejoice.'”

The range of topics reflects the sweep of Kinney’s own erudition. “It is very broad,” Bassett says, “from late antiquity to the later middle ages, from the Mediterranean world to northern Europe.”

Kinney arrived to teach at Bryn Mawr in 1972, receiving her Ph.D. in 1975 from New York University. Her research interests include medieval art and architecture from the fourth through 12th centuries, with a focus on Rome. In addition to teaching, Kinney served as the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences from 2000 to 2008. Kinney has taught on all levels of undergraduate and graduate education, lecturing in introductory courses and facilitating upper-level seminars. She has been recognized for her excellence in teaching by the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at Bryn Mawr (1984) and the College Art Association’s Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award (2002).

The Conference program follows:

Opening remarks    9:00 – 9:15

Session I    9:15 – 10:30

Sarah Bassett, PhD 1985, “Purple Mountain’s Majesty:  Late Antique Sculptured
Porphyry” (Indiana University)

Gregor Kalas, PhD 1999, “The Epigraphic Habits of Honorius and the Reuse of Monuments in Late Antique Rome” (University of Tennessee)

Elizabeth Bolman, PhD 1997, “The Tomb of Shenoute of Atripe? Post-Conservation Evidence at the White Monastery at Sohag, Upper Egypt” (Temple University)

10:30 – 10:45   COFFEE

Session II    10:45 – 12:00

Thelma Thomas, AB 1980, “Exemplary Habits:  Monastic Dress in Wall Paintings from Late Antique Egypt” (Institute of Fine Arts, New York University)

Alicia Walker, AB 1994, “Pseudo-Arabic and the Practice of Pilgrimage at Hosios Loukas” (Washington University in St. Louis)

Sharon Gerstel, AB 1984, “The Exotic Sanctuary:  The Case of Hagios Nikolaos, Phountoukli” (University of California at Los Angeles)

12:00 – 1:30   LUNCH

Session III   1:30 – 2:45

Carol Neuman de Vegvar, AB 1974, “A Leg (or Two) to Stand On:  Rethinking the Drinking Horn in Norman Ireland” (Ohio Wesleyan University)

Robin Kim, current PhD candidate, “Central and Nowhere:  The Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Torres del Rio (Navarre, Spain)” (Bryn Mawr College)

Dorothy Shepard, PhD 1993, “The Demise of the Latin Gospel Book” (Pratt Institute)

2:45 – 3:00   BREAK

Session IV   3:00 – 4:45

Benjamin Anderson, MA 2004, current PhD candidate, “The Medrese of Halifet Alp and the Zaviye of Elvan Çelebi” (Bryn Mawr College and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art)

Libby Karlinger Escobedo, PhD 2001, “Manuscript Books of Hours in the Age of Printing:  Artistic Production for the Middle Class in Late Medieval Rouen” (Aurora University)

Alyce Jordan, PhD 1994, “Restoring the Ste. Chapelle:  Rationalism, Realism and Relics” (Northern Arizona University)

Tina Waldeier Bizzarro, PhD 1985, “‘Blessed Beast, Very Like a Man’:  Scicli’s Cavalcata di San Giuseppe” (Rosemont College)

Closing remarks:

Dale Kinney, Eugenia Chase Guild Professor in the Humanities, Bryn Mawr College

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