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Photographer Pipo Nguyen-duy (Pipo), whose art combines photography with performance, theater, sculpture, and installation, will exhibit his work in Kenyon's Olin Art Gallery this fall. The exhibition, titled "AnOther Western," will open on Thursday, September 30, and run through Saturday, October 30.
The artist will give a talk on Thursday, October 14, in the Olin Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. A reception will follow in the gallery.
Pipo came to the United States as a Vietnamese refugee in 1975. "AnOther Western," which is an ongoing project, deals with his assimilation in the West by presenting self-portraits in the style of the popular nineteenth-century tintype, a photographic process that was invented, coincidentally, at Kenyon in 1856. In this extended series, Pipo poses and dresses variously as a soldier, a gunslinger, a miner, an amateur boxer, and an itinerant street musician.
The goal, according to the artist, is "to humorously and ironically question and challenge the legitimacy and authority of the western myth." Another series in progress, "East of Eden," features large, staged, color narrative photographs intended to complicate our notion of the American landscape as a metaphor for nationalism and optimism.
A graduate of the University of New Mexico with a master's degree in fine art, Pipo is an assistant professor of art at Oberlin College. He has exhibited his work nationally, and he recently completed an artist's residency at Light Work, in Syracuse, New York.
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The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will examine how widely the Greeks and Romans used amulets to combat illness. Hanson will focus in particular on amulets said to be useful for gynecological ailments and during childbirth.
During her Kenyon visit, Hanson will also present a Common Hour discussion entitled "Construction of Family in Greco-Roman Society" at 11:10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 28, in Peirce Hall Lounge.
A professor of classics at Yale University since 1998, Hanson is a noted papyrologist and student of ancient medicine. She was curator of papyri at the Princeton University Library from 1977 to 1988, and she received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1992.
She has been active on committees of the American Philological Association and the American Society of Papyrologists, and has served as editor of The Society for Ancient Medicine Review and American Studies in Papyrology.
Hanson's visit is sponsored by the Department of Classics and Faculty Lectureships.
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Judges are looking for students who not only excel in their studies but also apply their intellectual and leadership skills outside the classroom. A key element for the judges will be a student's original academic or intellectual endeavor.
Any full-time undergraduate of at least sophomore standing at a four-year institution in the United States or its territories is eligible. A full-time undergraduate is defined as one carrying at least twelve credits in pursuit of an undergraduate degree or one who anticipates earning an undergraduate degree at the end of the current semester. Nominations must be postmarked by November 30.
In addition to the supply in Martindell's office, nomination forms and other information may by obtained on the Web at firstname.lastname@example.org.