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Weichbrodt to Present Lecture on Race and Gender

Lee University’s Cultural Diversity Committee will host Dr. Elissa Weichbrodt for a lecture titled “Looking Justly: Race, Gender, and Photography” on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rose Lecture Hall, located in the Helen DeVos College of Education.

Dr. Elissa Weichbrodt

The lecture will discuss how contemporary and historical photographs contribute to our understanding of race and gender, how these images create and sustain stereotypes that limit our understanding of others, and how we must learn to “look justly” in order to overcome these biases.

"Dr. Weichbrodt's contribution is incredibly important as she teaches us to be attentive to things that we often ignore,” said Dr. Mary McCampbell, associate professor of humanities at Lee. “In doing this, we are learning yet another way to love our neighbors as ourselves."

Weichbrodt researches how race and gender are represented in art from the 19th century to the present. Her dissertation, “Through the Body: Corporeality, Subjectivity, and Empathy in Contemporary Art,” focused on work created by marginalized artists in the 1990s. Recently, Weichbrodt published an essay titled, “Found or Recovered?: Competing Views of Paradise in Late Nineteenth-Century Hawaiian Landscape Painting” in The Religion and Arts Journal.

Weichbrodt is an assistant professor of art and art history at Covenant College, where she teaches a variety of classes, including Race in American Art, Art and the Church, and Women, Art, and Culture. Weichbrodt earned her Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts in art history and archaeology from Washington University in St. Louis. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies from Covenant College.

The lecture will be free and open to the public.

For more information, contact McCampbell by phone at (423) 614-8353 or by email at mmccampbell@leeuniversity.edu.
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