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Dr. Pika Ghosh to Deliver Pamela H. Simpson Lecture in Art History

Pika Ghosh, associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will deliver the Pamela H. Simpson Lecture in Art History on Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in at the Wilson Hall Concert Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Ghosh will speak on “Tales in Textile: Negotiating the Home and the World in Nineteenth-Century Bengal.” In her talk, Ghosh analyzes Bengali women’s vernacular art as practices of colonial resistance during the 1800s.

As one of the foremost scholars on late medieval Bengali art, her scholarship focuses on the region’s rich artistic traditions from temple architecture to quilting of the 17th-19th centuries. She’s authored and edited several books and received prestigious grants from the Getty, Mellon and The American Institute of Indian Studies, which have all funded her groundbreaking research projects. Her next monograph is “Fabricating Social Worlds: Women’s Embroidered Kantha from Colonial Bengal” (under contract).

Ghosh received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of the History of Art.

The Pamela H. Simpson Endowment for Art, established in 2011, is a permanently endowed fund to support the hosting of distinguished academics and professional visitors to campus to work directly with students and faculty in Washington and Lee’s Department of Art and Art History.

Simpson served on the faculty of Washington and Lee University for 38 years. She was the first female tenure-track professor at W&L and the first female professor to receive an endowed chair.