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Dean Of Yale College To Lecture At Farmingdale

Dean Mary Miller, Distinguished Historian of Art, Giving Illustrated Talk on Pre-Columbian Art

October 1, 2013


The Humanities Institute at FSC Presents:

Mary Miller, Dean of Yale College

On Wednesday, October 9, at 6 p.m., Dean Mary Miller of Yale College will be giving an illustrated lecture at The Little Theatre in Roosevelt Hall on the Farmingdale campus, related to her newest book, The Spectacle of The Late Maya Court: Reflections on the Murals of Bonampak.

Dean Miller has been a national leader for thirty years in the study of the ancient New World, receiving both a Guggenheim Fellowship and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  In April and May of 2010 she delivered the Fifty-ninth A. W. Mellon Lectures at the National Gallery of Art. She is scheduled to deliver the Slade Lectures at Cambridge University during the academic year 2014-2015.  As Dean of Yale College, she has worked to establish programs promoting interdisciplinary and international study.

Named a Sterling Professor of History of Art, Miller became Dean of Yale College on December 1, 2008. Prior to assuming the deanship, Miller served as Master of Saybrook College at Yale for nearly a decade; before that, she chaired the History of Art Department for six years.

Miller earned her BA from Princeton in 1975 and her PhD from Yale in 1981, joining the faculty in that year. She has served as chair of the Department of History of Art, chair of the Council on Latin American Studies, director of Graduate Studies in Archeological Studies, and as a member of the Steering Committee of the Women Faculty Forum at Yale.

A specialist of the art of the ancient New World, Miller curated The Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in 2004, and wrote the catalog of the same title with Simon Martin, senior epigrapher at the University of Pennsylvania Museum.  Among Miller's other books are The Murals of Bonampak, The Blood of Kings (with Linda Schele), The Art of Mesoamerica, Maya Art and Architecture, The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya (with Karl Taube), and A Pre-Columbian World (co-edited with Jeffrey Quilter). She has most recently completed Painting a Map of Mexico City (co-edited with Barbara Mundy; 2012), a study of the rare indigenous map in Yale's Beinecke Library, and The Spectacle of the Late Maya Court: Reflections on the Murals of Bonampak (with Claudia Brittenham; 2013).

For more information, contact Thomas Germano, Professor of Visual Communications at Farmingdale:  (631) 420-2468.