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Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., explains the project’s history and his own excitement for its future, with clips from the M. Victor Leventritt Symposium, held at the Du Bois Institute. December 2010

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Series editors David Bindman and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Harvard University Press editor Sharmila Sen participated in a 90-minute panel discussion commemorating the publication of the penultimate volume of the series, which—together with the forthcoming final volume— examines art of the 20th century. The National Gallery of Art, February 2014

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Series editors David Bindman and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Harvard University Press editor Sharmila Sen participated in a 1-hour panel discussion celebrating the publication of the latest two volumes in the IBWA series, which examine the 16th through the 18th century. The 18th century, in particular, was a significant period in which European slavery reach its apogee and the abolition movement gained force. The National Gallery of Art, December 2011

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A panel including artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien, author Aminatta Forna, David Bindman, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., discusses the long history of images and objects depicting black people. The British Museum, February 2011

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David Bindman, coeditor of the series along with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., participated in a panel discussion for the Washington launch of this landmark publication. Professor Bindman and Harvard University Press editor Sharmila Sen discuss the complex history and ambitions behind the series. The National Gallery of Art, December 2010

About the Books

In the 1960s, as a response to segregation in the United States, the influential art patron Dominique de Menil began a research project and photo archive called The Image of the Black in Western Art. Now, fifty years later, as the first American president of African American descent serves his historic term in office, her mission has been re-invigorated through the collaboration of Harvard University Press and the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research to present new editions of the coveted five original books, as well as an additional five volumes.

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The Image of the Black in Western Art: The Twentieth Century: The Impact of Africa, Volume 5.1 The National Gallery of Art hosted a panel discussion marking the publication of The Image of the Black in Western Art: The Twentieth Century: The Impact of Africa, Volume 5.1.