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The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will host a lecture on ancient glassmaking at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 9. The lecture is in connection with the museum’s Glass of the Ancient Mediterranean exhibit.

Sara E. Cole, UT alumna and curator of the exhibit, will present the lecture, Art Form and Industry—The History of Glassmaking in the Ancient Mediterranean, which will explore the history and development of ancient glassmaking using pieces from the Yale University Art Gallery collection as well as objects from museum collections around the world. These pieces of glass demonstrate three millennia of craftsmanship, artistry, daily life, trade, pilgrimage, and luxury in the ancient Mediterranean.

The lecture will be held in the McClung Museum auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Cole graduated from UT in 2009 with a bachelor’s in classics. She is a doctoral candidate in ancient history at Yale University and is currently writing her dissertation, “Visual Culture and Elite Identity in Ptolemaic Egypt.” She is also a graduate curatorial intern in the Ancient Art Department at the Yale University Art Gallery.

The McClung Museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Museum admission is free, and the museum’s hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. Free two-hour museum parking passes are available from the parking information building at the entrance to Circle Park Drive on the weekdays. Free parking is available on Circle Park Drive on a first-come, first-served basis on weekends.

Additional parking information is available online.

For more information about the McClung Museum and its collections and exhibits, visit the website.


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