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Davidson College Speaker Will Consider English History and Gardens


January 17, 2001
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

Gardeners and artists alike will be interested in an upcoming lecture at Davidson College by Michael Leslie, the Dean of British Studies at Oxford from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn.

Leslie will address the subject, "Landscape and Liberty: English Verdure, English Culture 1600-1800," as guest lecturer in art history on Wednesday, January 24. The talk is free, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallery Room of Chambers Building.

Leslie writes and lectures on Renaissance literature, landscape history, and the relationships between literature and landscape and between visual and verbal arts of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Among his many publications is Culture and Cultivation in Early Modern England: Writing and the Land. He is a founding editor of the Journal of Garden History (now Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes) and of Word & Image: A Journal of Verbal/Visual Enquiry.

He was educated at Leicester and Edinburgh Universities, and has held Research Fellowships at London and Sheffield Universities. He has taught in the European Studies program offered by Rhodes College and The University of the South since its inception in 1988, and this year was appointed its executive director.

Leslie delivered the 1990 British Academy Chatterton Lecture on Poetry. In 1996 he became a Senior Fellow in Landscape Architecture at Harvard University's Dumbarton Oaks facility in Washington, D.C., and now chairs its committee of senior fellows in landscape architecture.

For more information on his talk at Davidson, call the art department at 894-2344.

Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,600 students. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Davidson recently launched "Let Learning Be Cherished," a $250 million campaign in support of student financial assistance, academic resources, and community life.

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