The Department of the History of Art & Architecture is horrified and saddened by the systemic racism and violence against African Americans in this country. We are also energized and hopeful that the protests for justice on behalf of George Floyd and the many others who have died will effect real change. We invite you to view the following video which provides a perspective on racism in this country and demonstrates the very real rage and sorrow this history has created. You may agree or disagree with the speaker, author Kimberly Jones, but we hope this will help inspire thought and discussion in these unsettled times. There are no easy answers, only hard questions that we must collectively ask.
Caplan’s dissertation, "Their Flickering Creations: Value, Appearance, Animacy, and Surface in Nahua Precious Art" (2019), has been won the biennial award for the best dissertation in the field of Latin American art history.