Clark Conversation to Focus on Research in the Humanities December 10

For Immediate Release

December 04, 2002

The state of research in the humanities will be the topic of a public conversation on Tuesday, December 10, at 5:30 p.m., at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Michael Ann Holly, director of research and academic programs at the Clark, will moderate a discussion with Francis Oakley, president emeritus and Edward Dorr Griffin Professor of the History of Ideas at Williams College, John Onians, professor and director of the World Art Research Programme in the School of World Art Studies at the University of East Anglia, and  Michael Conforti, director of the Clark. Admission is free.

Presented by the Clark's research and academic program, Clark Conversations are informal events that add an intimate dimension to scholarly and public life at the Clark. In these discussions, Clark Fellows and other visiting scholars discuss their personal intellectual histories and profession in a relaxed setting.

Francis Oakley was president of Williams College from 1985 to 1993. He is currently acting president of the American Council of Learned Societies and co-chair of the Humanities Indicators Project of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Onians, former director of research and academic programs at the Clark, is currently in residence as Clark Fellow and is writing his forthcoming study, A Natural History of Art. Michael Conforti has been director of the Clark Art Institute since 1994. The author of numerous articles on sculpture and decorative arts, as well as collecting and museum history, Conforti has lectured widely, including at the Louvre, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Harvard University.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through June 13. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit

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