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Sheppy Dog Fund Lecture
Previous Sheppy Dog Fund Lectures

From Athens to Jerusalem
Response to Classical Traditions
Guest Lecturer
Dr. Sarah Bassett
Associate Professor of the History of Art at Indiana University

The Binding or Sacrifice of Isaac
A Central Theme in the Art of the Three Monotheistic Religions
Guest Lecturer
Dr. Shalom Sabar
Professor of the History of Art, Jewish Folklore and Material Culture at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Schusterman Visiting Scholar, at the University of Washington, Seattle

Still Life in Real Time
Reflections in & on Dutch Still Life
Guest Lecturer
Celeste Brusati
Professor of the History of Art, Women's Studies, & Art & Design at the University of Michigan

Rembrandt's Images of Jesus & the
Jewish Community of Amsterdam

Guest Lecturer
Dr. Shelley Perlove
Professor of Art History, University of Michigan, Dearborn
Dr. Alan Klein

Dr. Alan Klein

The Sheppy Dog Fund Lecture has been established to address the topics of art, religion and history prior to the 19th century, funded annually by the Sheppy Dog Fund, Dr. Alan Klein, Advisor.
Book Discussions

Previous Book Discussion
Thus Was Adonis Murdered
Sarah Caudwell

Both a murder mystery and comedy of errors, this delightful novel by British writer Sarah Caudwell is the story of Julia Larwood, a young barrister who finds herself accused of murder while on an art lover's tour of Venice. A friend comes to her aid and unravels the clues, discovering an art theft, an impersonation, and the identity of the killer. Our first meeting will set the stage by exploring some of the artworks mentioned in the book. Two weeks later, we'll meet to discuss the novel. Books are available in the Museum Shop.

Thus Was Adonis MurderedBy Sarah Caudwell

FIA book discussions focus on works of fiction and non-fiction related to art, art museums, or FIA collections.
Thompson Lecture
Platon



Powerful Portraits
An Intimate Look at Humanity

October 7 • 6:00p

Guest Lecturer
Platon
Photographer

Portrait photographer Platon will share his experience photographing an eclectic mix of world leaders, celebrities, men and women in the military, members of the civil rights movement and human rights champions. He will take the audience on a roller coaster of emotions with the most poignant and mesmerizing stories behind his photos. He will answer the question, "Who is this person?" His presentation includes highlights from his book, Power, chronicling over 100 Heads of State including Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin, Muammar al-Gaddafi, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Benjamin Netanyahu, Hugo Chavez, and Silvio Berlusconi. He will also share the stories from his photo essay with Human Rights Watch which includes the leaders of the Egyptian revolution and his photo for TIME of Aung San Suu Kyi.

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WCMU
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The Thompson Lecture was established in 1991 by Dr. and Mrs. Jack W. Thompson to enable the Flint Institute of Arts to present a distinguished speaker in the arts or humanities each year. The Thompson lecture is one of the Institute's few members-only events and was established, in part, to attract new members to the FIA.
Book Discussions
Headlong: A Novel
by Michael Frayn

Part I: Art Lecture
October 1 • 1:30p
Isabel Hall
Part II: Book Discussion
October 15 • 1:30p
Isabel Hall

Free to the public.

Invited to dinner by a boorish local landowner, Martin Clay, an easily distracted philosopher, and his art historian wife are asked to assess three sooty paintings languishing in a damp corner. But hiding beneath the dirt is nothing less—Martin believes—than a priceless lost old master. So begins a hilarious trail of lies and concealments, desperate schemes, and soaring hopes as Martin, betting all that he owns and much that he doesn't, embarks on a quest to prove his hunch, win his wife over, and separate the painting from its owner.

Our first meeting will set the stage by exploring the art and artists discussed in the book. Two weeks later, we'll meet to discuss the novel. Books are available in the Museum Shop.
Headlong: A Novel

For additional information on Education programming, contact the Education Department at 810.237.7314 or by .
Book Discussions
Shades of Grey
by Jasper Fforde

Part I: Art Lecture
November 5 • 1:30p
Isabel Hall
Part II: Book Discussion
November 19 • 1:30p
Isabel Hall

Free to the public.

Welcome to Chromatacia, where the Colortocracy rules society through a social hierarchy based upon one's limited color perception. In this world, you are what you can see. But Eddie Russet wants to move up. When he and his father relocate to the backwater village of East Carmine, his carefully cultivated plans to leverage his better-than-average red perception and marry into a powerful family are quickly upended. Will Eddie be able to tread the fine line between total conformity—accepting the path, partner, and career delineated by his hue—and his instinctive curiosity that is bound to get him into trouble?

Our first meeting will set the stage by exploring some of the color systems artists use and some of the artworks discussed in the book. Two weeks later, we'll meet to discuss the novel. Books are available in the Museum Shop.
Shades of Grey

For additional information on Education programming, contact the Education Department at 810.237.7314 or by .
Bray Lecture
Previous Bray lectures

Not the Mama of Dada:
Beatrice Wood's Early Career in New York
Guest Lecturer
Frances M. Naumann
Scholar, Curator & Art Dealer

bray lecture
bray lecture
The Bray Series are made possible by the Viola E. Bray Charitable Trust.
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