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  • What Would You Save from a Burning Museum? Thoughts Upon Reading “The Goldfinch”

      This past summer I read Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Goldfinch. It had been recommended to me by a number of people who thought that I, as an art historian, might be particularly interested in the book since the story itself revolves around the title object, a tiny canvas painted in 1654 by […]

  • Approach, Approach

    A brief bit of inspiration, as we all begin our semesters, from The Material Collective’s Anne Harris, speaking to DePauw’s Class of 2018 about Jean, Duke of Berry, and his books, and inviting us to “approach, approach.”

  • Working Practice

    We came to realize that it is still pretty unusual to work in this collaborative way in the humanities.

From the Manifesto

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