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David M. Kennedy Center lectures examine fashion, financial crisis March 14-15

The David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies at Brigham Young University will host two free lectures this week in 238 Herald R. Clark Building.

Heather Belnap Jensen, an assistant professor of art history and curatorial studies at BYU, and Rory Scanlon, associate dean of Undergraduate Education at BYU, will present “From Gaga to Ghirlandaio” Wednesday, March 14, at 4 p.m.

Jensen specializes in modern European culture, with an emphasis on art, fashion and gender. She is completing a book manuscript on art, fashion and the emergence of the modern woman in early 19th-century France and also teaches several courses that explore the relationship between art and fashion.

Scanlon is also a professor of costume design in the Department of Theatre and Media Arts and director of the Honors Program at BYU. He has applied his skills in costume design for live professional stage productions at Tuacahn, the Hale Center Theatre and Opera West, and redesigned the current production of the Hill Cumorah Pageant in Palmyra, New York, an annual production featuring more than 1,400 costumes.

Mark Blyth, professor of international political economy at Brown University, will present “After the Financial Crisis: How to Tell the Forest from the Trees When You Are Not Yet Out of the Woods” Thursday, March 15 at 4 p.m.

Blyth taught at Johns Hopkins University from 1997 to 2009. His research investigates how uncertainty and randomness impact complex systems, particularly economic systems. His latest book "Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea" (2012), interrogates the return to prominence of financial orthodoxy following the global financial crisis.

These lectures will be archived at For more information, contact Lee Simons at (801) 422-2652 or

Writer: Charles Krebs

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