The Getty Villa
Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium

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Religion scholar Burke O. Long, author Nitza Rosovsky, and archaeologist Neil Silberman join Kathleen Stewart Howe, guest curator of the exhibition In Search of Biblical Lands: From Jerusalem to Jordan in Nineteenth-century Photography, to discuss 19th-century Western preconceptions of Jerusalem and the Holy Land and how these notions differed from the reality that travelers found and photographers revealed. This distinguished panel considers the ways in which differences were incorporated into the spiritual identification with the region, one that dominated American and British thought during the mid to late 1800s.

About Burke O. Long
Burke O. Long is research professor of religion and the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Religion and the Humanities Emeritus at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where he taught courses in the histories of Judaism, Christianity, and the Bible. He has published widely on literary, theological, and historical topics relating to the Hebrew Bible. Most recently, he explored social histories of popular and professional biblical scholarship in relation to America's involvement with the Holy Land, notably in Planting and Reaping Albright: Ideology, Politics, and Interpreting the Bible (1997); and Imagining the Holy Land: Maps, Models and Fantasy Travels (2003). Long is at work now on a new book, Performing the Bible and Enacting America, and he also writes and publishes short fiction.

About Nitza Rosovsky
Nitza Rosovsky was born and raised in Jerusalem where she attended the Hebrew University. For many years she was the director of Art/Asia Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and from 1981 to 1993 she served as curator for exhibits at the Semitic Museum at Harvard University. As a freelance writer, Rosovsky's articles about history, archaeology, art, and photography have appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, The New Republic, History of Photography, and Biblical Archaeology Review. She served as editor of the book City of the Great King: Jerusalem from David to the Present (1996) authored Jerusalem Walks (1992), and co-authored The Museums of Israel (1989). Her new book, Nitza's Family: In the Land of Israel 1809-1949, will be released in fall 2011.

About Neil Silberman
Neil Silberman serves as coordinator of projects and policy initiatives for the University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Heritage and Society. He is the author, with professor Israel Finkelstein, of The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts (2001). He is also the author of Archaeology and Society in the 21st Century (2001); The Hidden Scrolls (1995); Between Past and Present (1989); and Digging for God and Country (1982). He is co-editor of the journal Heritage & Society, a contributing editor for Archaeology Magazine, and a member of the editorial boards of The International Journal of Cultural Property and Near Eastern Archaeology.

About Kathleen Stewart Howe
Kathleen Stewart Howe is the Sarah Rempel and Herbert S. Rempel '23 Director of the Museum of Art and professor of art history at Pomona College in Pomona, California. She received both her master's and doctorate degrees in art history from the University of New Mexico. Among her many research interests are nineteenth-century photography and the visual culture of travel and exploration on which she has written numerous essays, books, and exhibition catalogs including First Seen: Portraits of the World's Peoples (2004), Revealing the Holy Land: The Photographic Exploration of Palestine (1997), and Excursions along the Nile: The Photographic Discovery of Ancient Egypt (1993).

Planning your visit
The main gate on Pacific Coast Highway opens to ticketed guests at 6:00 p.m. The auditorium opens at 7:00 p.m., and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The galleries and Museum Store will be open before and after the program. A selection of light dinner fare as well as beer and wine are available for purchase at the Cafe until 7:30 p.m.


How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.