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The Clark Presents a Free Lecture on Ethnic Identity in Medieval China

For Immediate Release

July 16, 2012

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Williamstown, MA—On Sunday, July 29, at 3 pm, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute presents a free lecture by Christopher Nugent, associate professor of Chinese at Williams College. In his talk, titled “Unearthed and Notions of Ethnic Identity in Medieval China,” Nugent will discuss the influences of non-Han traditions on Chinese culture in this period, and the complex and fluid notions of ethnic identity, from poetry and music to religion and politics.

A member of the Williams faculty since 2004, where his areas of expertise include Medieval Chinese literary culture, manuscript culture, and memory and memorization, Nugent holds a B.A. from Brown University and a Ph.D. in East Asian Language and Civilization from Harvard University. He is editor of the journal T’ang Studies and has published several journal articles and reviews. His 2010 book Manifest in Words, Written on Paper: Producing and Circulating Poetry in Tang Dynasty China was awarded the 2012 Joseph Levenson Book Prize, pre-1900 category.

About The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.

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July 29: On Sunday, July 29, at 3 pm, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute presents a free lecture by Christopher Nugent, associate professor of Chinese at Williams College. In his talk, titled “Unearthed and Notions of Ethnic Identity in Medieval China,” Nugent will discuss the influences of non-Han traditions on Chinese culture in this period, and the complex and fluid notions of ethnic identity, from poetry and music to religion and politics. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

PRESS CONTACTS:
Sally Morse Majewski
The Clark
413 458 0588
smajewski@clarkart.edu

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