Originating in Africa, the precious dye indigo has a long and varied heritage. Its relationship to slavery, profound influence on fashion, and spiritual significance are all part of an untold story, filled with tales of those who shaped the course of colonial history and a world economy. Author of Indigo: In Search of the Color That Seduced the World, Catherine E. McKinley provides a closer look at this familiar, yet still mysterious, color that appears everywhere from African garments to today’s fashion shows.
In the summer of 64 B.C., Marcus Cicero, the greatest orator in Roman history, was running for the office of consul, the most powerful position in government. Because he was facing long odds of winning, his practical brother Quintus wrote a guide for him full of no-nonsense advice and dirty tricks that are as useful today as they were two thousand years ago. Dr. Philip Freeman, Professor of Classics at Luther University, discusses his translation of this little-known Latin text.
Dr. David Stuart, the foremost expert on Mayan hieroglyphs, explores the Maya’s prediction of "the end of the world in 2012." Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Legacy of the Plumed Serpent in Ancient Mexico.
In celebration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812, writer and historian Hugh Howard shares insights about his newest book, Mr. and Mrs. Madison's War: America's First Couple and the Second War of Independence.
Madeline Miller, the author of " The Song of Achilles," discusses her new work and creative process. She is joined by Michael Connolly, Associate Professor of Theatre and Head of Acting at Southern Methodist University, for a discussion about ancient Greek tragedies from a performance perspective. Presented in conjunction with Arts & Letters Live.
The magnificent stone walls of Great Zimbabwe are sub-Saharan Africa’s largest and most dramatic prehistoric site. Dr. William J. Dewey, Associate Professor of Art History at Penn State University, looks at the social and economic forces that contributed to the rise of this great southern African kingdom of the 13th and 14th centuries, examining the stunning architecture that symbolically asserts the status and prestige of the royals living there.
Sexual pleasure and religious ecstasy were often united in ancient India. Dr. Anne Bromberg, the DMA’s Cecil and Ida Green Curator of Ancient and Asian Art, discusses works in the DMA collection that illustrate the Hindu nature of love.
From the ancient Egyptians through the French Revolution to the British royal family, fashion historian Bronwyn Cosgrave chronicles the evolution of women’s fashion through social, cultural, and historical perspectives. Cosgrave is a broadcaster, a curator, and author of three critically acclaimed books, includingCostume & Fashion: A Complete History and Made for Each Other: Fashion and the Academy Awards.
Distinguished scholar and author Elizabeth Wayland Barber explores the Silk Road, the collection of trade routes where luxurious goods, technologies, and ideas were exchanged between East and West. For almost three thousand years, the Silk Road created important paths for traders, merchants, and pilgrims between China and India, the Persian Empire, and Mediterranean countries.
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