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UT Arlington hosts Nov. 3 Islamic Art and Culture Forum

Friday, October 28, 2011

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Media Contact: Bridget Lewis

ARLINGTON – The University of Texas at Arlington welcomes Michael Barry, lecturer in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University, for the UT Arlington Department of Art and Art History’s Islamic Art and Culture Forum Nov. 3.

The forum begins at 6 p.m. in the School of Architecture, Auditorium 204, 601 W. Nedderman Drive. The event is free and open to the public.

Michael Barry, Princeton University lecturer and historian of the greater Middle East and Islamic world.

Barry will share the significance of royal symbols including crowns and scepters, and thrones guarded by twin heraldic beasts like lions or dragons. He will discuss the importance of these symbols to several imperial powers across multiple time periods.

A recognized expert in Islamic art, Barry recently conceived the reorganization of the New York Metropolitan Museum’s Galleries of Islamic Art, which is scheduled to reopen this fall.

The Islamic Art and Culture Forum is presented in partnership with the Aga Khan Council for Northern Texas.

The event is one of the many ways UT Arlington integrates diverse culture into the academic experience, said Robert Hower, professor and chair of Art and Art History.

“Our partnership to present internationally recognized speakers that focus on Islamic art and culture is a significant and positive example,” Hower added. 

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