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Monday, join Brett Ashley Kaplan, Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor, for the second event in the UNC/Duke joint Keohane lecture series. “Looted Art and the Power of Aesthetics” Feb. 5, 5:30pm, Stone Center.¬†

Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor 2023-2024

Brett Ashley Kaplan, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Looted Art and the Power of Aesthetics  

Why was the Nazi regime so obsessed with aesthetics in general and art looting in particular? This talk tackles the relationship between aesthetics and genocide during the Holocaust by exploring several examples (some overlooked and some more well-known) that demonstrate the profound, disturbing interconnection between violence and beauty.

Brett Ashley Kaplan received her Ph.D. from the Rhetoric Department at the University of California, Berkeley in 2002 and is now a Professor and Conrad Humanities Scholar in the Program in Comparative and World Literature at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she directs the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, Memory Studies.


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