This event on Friday, September 12, 2008, will bring together sixteen winners of the Smithsonian American Art Museumís Charles C. Eldredge Prize, awarded annually to the author of the best book in the field of American art. Each speaker has chosen a word to muse upon ó a word that is a critical term for the field, represents an especially compelling approach for the study of American art, or has galvanized his or her own scholarship. Speakers include: Sarah Burns, Wanda M. Corn, Jodi Hauptman, Elizabeth Johns, Caroline A. Jones, Anthony W. Lee, Margaretta M. Lovell, David M. Lubin, Richard Meyer, Angela L. Miller, Edward J. Nygren, Sally M. Promey, Sue Rainey, Alan Trachtenberg, Rebecca Zurier, and the 2008 prize winner JoAnne M. Mancini.
The program will begin at 2 p.m. The keynote lecture by 2008 winner JoAnne Mancini, author of "Pre-Modernism" is scheduled for 5 p.m. The event will take place in the museum's Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, which is located near the 8th and G Street NW entrance. A wine reception will follow the final lecture. No registration is required. For more information on the Eldredge Prize and on this event, including a schedule of events and the speakersí selected words, see www.americanart.si.edu/eldredge.
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