The organizers of Difference/Distance are pleased to announce a daylong symposium exploring how visual technologies and transoceanic travel came together to produce new understandings of race and racial history in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The symposium is hosted by the History of Art Department at the University of California, Berkeley. It is sponsored by Mary C. Stoddard Endowment in the Department of History of Art and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Difference/Distance will take place at UC Berkeley on April 15, 2016. The symposium will follow the History of Art Department’s annual Mary C. Stoddard Lecture, to be delivered on the evening of April 14. The 2016 Stoddard Lecturer is Suzanne Preston Blier, Allen Whitehill Clowes Chair of Fine Arts and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Professor Blier’s lecture will double as the keynote address to the symposium.

The Stoddard Lecture will be held in the Banatao Auditorium of Sutardja Dai Hall at 5:30 pm. The symposium will be held in Room 308A Doe Library beginning at 9 am the following morning. Please see the schedule for more information.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required.