2004 Festival of the Arts: “Vision-Re-Vision” (3/27/04; MND 1003)
Whitney Chadwick (SFSU): “What I Learned About Art History from Frida Kahlo”
Elaine O’Brien (CSUS): “Art History Now: Reckoning with the World.”
Merrill Schleier (UOP): “The Empire State Building: Collaborative Architecture, "Working Class Masculinity and King Kong."
Jeffrey Ruda (UCD): “A ‘Master’ and Some of His ‘Disciples:’ Vision, Imitation and Artistic Value in 15th century Italy”
Lisa Zdybel (MA candidate; UCD): "Titian's Magdalen: Sensuous Religious Imagery in the Sixteenth Century.”
Kurt von Meier (CSUS): Conclusion
2005 Festival of the Arts: “Figuring the Body” (3/12/05; MRP 1000)
Carrie Lambert (Harvard): "The Not Still Life: Yvonne Rainer's Short Films and the Body as Object in the 1960s."
David Adams (Sierra College): "From Body to Cosmos: The Emergence of Microcosm-Macrocosm Relationships in Contemporary4/14/07; Art"
Katharine Burnett (UCD): "Strange-Figure Painting of 17th Century China"
Matthew Simms (CSULB): "'A Mute Paroxysm': Rodin's Les Bourgeois de Calais"
Celia Stahr (SFSU) "Elaine de Kooning and the Sexual Politics of the Male Body in Action"
Rebecca Young Schoenthal (University of Virginia): "Tactile Bodies: David Park's Paintings of Bathers, 1954-1960"
Wendy Grossman (GWU): “Oceanic Art through the Surrealist Camera Lens of Man Ray and the Politics of Representation”
Barbara Anello (Independent scholar and artist, NYC): “Dorothy West Pelzer: The Architecture of Southeast Asia in Photographs (1962-1971)”
Royce Smith (Wichita State University): "Unsettled Australian Landscapes: The Contemporary Photography of Rosemary Laing."
Christian Henriot (Lumière-Lyon 2 University, France; Fulbright scholar, UCB: "Virtual Shanghai: A Resource & Research Platform in the History of Shanghai."
Reagan Louie (SFAI): Artist's talk
2007 Festival of the Arts: “Collaboration and Competition” (4/14/07; MRP 1000)
Jeff Kelley: “Participation Post-Kaprow (the art of doing something, anything)"
Renate Prochno (University of Salzburg, Austria): “Anthony van Dyck and Peter Paul Rubens”
Karen Fraser (Santa Clara University): “Forging the Way in Early Japanese Photography:Collaboration between Ueno Hikoma and Tomishige Rihei”
Steven Doctors (UCB): “Collaboration as Boundary Making”
Melissa Geiger (East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania): “Robert Rauschenberg’s Soundings: A Perfect Protest”
2008 Festival of the Arts: “Visual><Verbal Border Crossings” (3/15/08; MRP 100)
Symposium dedication by Xico Gonzalez, Artist and Poet: “Remembering Ricardo Favela”
Roberto Tejada, University of California, San Diego: "Viewer Tutorials: The Behavior of Pictures and Language"
Ann Marie Leimer, University of Redlands: “Crossing the Border with La Adelita: Lucia-Adelucha as Emblematic Border Crosser in Deliah Montoya’s Codex Delilah”
Janice Lynn Robertson, Fordham University, New York: “Art><Writing Border Crossings: A Nahua Riddle Sparks an Interactive Reading and Renewed Vision of Aztec Picture-Writing”
Jordana Moore Saggese, Santa Clara University, “Basquiat and the Beats”
Marta Garsd, Latin American Arts Committee, San Diego Museum of Art: “Black Edges on Magda Santonastasio’s Art Books”
2009 Festival of the Arts: “Location / Dislocation” (3/21/09; MRP 1000)
No keynote speaker
Elaine O’Brien – Introduction: “Where is Art History?”
John Listopad, “Location/Dislocation: Lopburi, Thailand - The Year 1666”
Elizabeth Adan, “Between Location and Dislocation in Ana Mendieta’s Silueta Series”
Janna Schoenberger, “Almerisa the Milkmaid: Rineke Dijkstra’s Photographic Series of a Bosnian Refugee.”
Ronald Hawker, “Locating, Dislocating, and Relocating the Totem Pole: The Geography of ‘Art’ and the Case of Gitanyow”
Chris Tong, “With or Without Chinese Characteristics? The Dislocation of the Beijing Stadium in Global Discourse.”
2010 Festival of the Arts: “Revisiting the Art & Craft Divide” (5/20/10; MRP 1000)
Elissa Auther, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO: "Craft is The New Art: The Current Relevance of Craft in Contemporary Art and Culture"
Jennifer Roberson, California State University, Sonoma CA: “Crafting Moroccan Identity”
Elyse Speaks, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN: “Craft, Legibility, and the Critical Purchase of Lee Bontecou’s Handmade Machines”
Laura Gray, Center For Ceramics Research, Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff,UK: “Ceramics with Sculptural Ambition”
Thomas Folland, University of California, Los Angeles, CA: “Robert Rauschenberg’s Queer Modernism: The Early Combines and Decoration”
2011 Festival of the Arts: “The Real and the Fake” (4/16/11; MRP 1000)
(in conjunction with new media exhibition, The Aesthetics of the Fake, in the University Library Gallery).
Erkki Huhtamo: “What‘s In the Box?: An Archaeological Approach to Peep Media”
Mark Levy: “Magritte and the Triumph of the Simulacrum”
Donna Gustafson: “Claes Oldenburg‘s Bedroom Ensemble: Disruption and Transformation”
Robert Stalker: “Screening the Real: The Films of Bruce Conner”
Carrie Robbins: “The Real and the Fake in Thomas Demand‘s Trompe l‘Oeil Photograhy”
David Schwarz: "A Double-Take on the Body (A Psychoanalytic Approach to the Body in Electronic Art)"
2012 Festival of the Arts: Distinguished Art History Lecture (4/21/12; MRP 1000):
Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie (UC Santa Barbara), “Art Collections, Museums, and Preservation of Cultural Heritage in Africa”
2013 Festival of the Arts: Art History Lecture and Panel Discussion (4/13/13)
Art History Lecture:
Ella Diaz, Cornell University: “Flying Under the Radar with the Royal Chicano Air Force”
Panel Discussion: Challenges of Campus Art Collection Management
Rachel Teagle, Nelson Gallery, UC Davis
Robin Bernhard, Nelson Gallery, UC Davis
Irene Lugo, Sacramento City College
Catherine Sullivan, Janet Turner Print Museum, CSU Chico
2014 Festival of the Arts: Cross-Cultural Connections in Printmaking (4/12/13)
Kathan Brown; Director, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA: "Crown Point Press: An Insider’s Perspective"
John Byck; Ph.D. Candidate, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University: "The Ship Engravings of Master W with the Key as Cultural Crossroads"
Mary Goodwin; Associate Prof. of Art History, University of Alaska Fairbanks: "Printmaking in Los Angeles and the Role of Maria Sodi de Ramos Martinez"
Pamela Ivinski; Independent Scholar: “'The Unexpected Creation of Arabesques': Mary Cassatt’s 1890-91 Color Prints and the Decorative Devices of Japanese and Islamic Art"
Louise Siddons, Assistant Professor of Art History, Oklahoma State University: "'At Once Strong and Delicate: Uncovering the Contradictions of Cross- Cultural Modernity in a Painted Photograph by Bertha Lum"
2015 Festival of the Arts: Here as Everywhere: Art of the Sixties and Seventies in Northern California (4/11/15)
Michael Schwager, Sonoma State University, Sonoma CA: "Don't Hide the Madness: Bay Area Art in the 1950s and 60s"
Makeda Best, California College of the Arts, Oakland: "Radicalizing the Artistic – Production Models, Techniques, and Forms of the Political Poster in the 1960s and 1970s"
Bridget Gilman, University of California, Davis and Santa Clara University: "Urban Transformation and Aesthetic Experimentation: Responses to Gentrification in 1970s San Francisco"
Matthew Weseley, Independent Scholar, New York City NY: "Robert Colescott’s Search for Identity"
Nicolas G. Rosenthal, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles: "Painting a Cultural Resurgence: California Indian Artists in the 1960s and 1970s"
2016 Festival of the Arts: Hers & Hers: Women as Artists, Clients, and Consumers (4/16/16)Call for Paper Proposals