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Alexander NemerovAmerican art scholar Alexander Nemerov will kick off the UT Humanities Center’s third annual Distinguished Lecture Series on September 3.

Nemerov, the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Stanford University, will speak at 4:00 p.m. in the Lindsay Young Auditorium in Hodges Library. His talk, which is free and open to the public, is entitled “Lewis Hine in the Southeast: Child Labor Photographs, 1908–1912.”

Starting in 1908, Lewis Hine made photographs of child laborers in the mills of the Carolinas, Georgia, and Tennessee, among other places in the United States.

A noted writer and speaker on the arts, Nemerov specializes in American painting, sculpture, photography, film, and literature. He has published essays and books on the culture of American art dating from the eighteenth century to the 1970s. His most recent books are Wartime Kiss: Visions of the Moment in the 1940s (2013) and Acting in the Night: Macbeth and the Places of the Civil War (2010). In 2011 he published To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America, the catalog to the exhibition of the same title he curated at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Nemerov—the son of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Howard Nemerov and the nephew of photographer Diane Nemerov Arbus—is one of nine UT Humanities Center Visiting Scholars who will be speaking this year. The others are:

September 12—Paul Erickson, director of academic programs at the American Antiquarian Society. His talk is entitled “Get Paid to Read Old Books! How to Apply for and Win Fellowships at Independent Research Libraries.”

October 13—Glen Bowersock, professor emeritus of ancient history, Institute for Advanced Study School of Historical Studies, will speak on “The Lod and Kfar ‘Othnay Mosaics: Religion in Third-Century Roman Palestine.”

November 10—Nicola Di Cosmo, Luce Foundation Professor in East Asian Studies, Institute for Advanced Study School of Historical Studies. Topic to be announced later.

November 21 —Karl Ameriks, McMahon-Hank Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, will deliver a lecture entitled “On Kant and Autonomy.”

February 6—Stewart Shapiro, O’Donnell Professor of Philosophy, Ohio State University, will present “Conceptions of the Continuous.”

March 13—David Sedley, Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy, University of Cambridge. Topic to be announced later.

March 25—Gail Hershatter, distinguished professor of history, University of California, Santa Cruz. Topic to be announced later.

April 2—Robert Darnton, Carl Pforzheimer University Professor and university librarian, Harvard University. Topic to be announced later.

C O N T A C T :

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034,