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Lourdes Alvarez | Esin Atil | Kay Broadwater | Charles Butterworth | Brinda Charry | Susan Douglass | Philip Jacks | Rosamond Mack | Natalia Monteleon | Mary Pixley | Victor Vicente | Mohamed Zakariya

Lourdes Alvarez

Lourdes Alvarez is currently Assistant Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at the Catholic University of America. She holds a PhD in Spanish from Yale University and has been awarded numerous grants including a Fulbright Senior Scholarship for research in Morocco. Her research focuses on the literary and cultural intersections between Muslims, Christians and Jews in Islamic Spain. She has published articles on Andalusian mystical poetry, on women poets of al-Andalus, on the writings of converts (from Judaism to Christianity, from Christianity to Islam, from Islam to Christianity) and translators. Recent publications include, "The Mystical Language of Daily Life: The Arabic Vernacular Songs of Abu al-Hasan al-Shushtari," forthcoming from Exemplaria, and "That Still-flickering Light: Reading and Teaching the Women Poets of al-Andalus," published in La Corónica, 2003. She is currently finishing a book project entitled "Singing at the Crossroads of Cultures: Popular Music in Islamic Spain and Beyond."       

Esin Atil

Esin Atil received her first B.A. in literature and drama, and her second B.A. in applied arts and art history. She attended the graduate program of the University of Michigan, where she received her M.A. in European art and her Ph.D. in Islamic art. In 1970, Dr. Atil joined the Smithsonian Institution as the Curator of Islamic Art at the Freer Gallery of Art, a post which she held for fifteen years. She later served as Historian of Islamic Art at the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, two Smithsonian museums devoted to Asian art. After her retirement in 1993, she was appointed Research Associate at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, and National Museum of Natural History.

Dr. Atil has organized numerous exhibitions and published close to twenty books on the artistic traditions of the Islamic world, the subjects of which range from studies on manuscripts, ceramics, and metalwork, to surveys of Mamluk and Ottoman art. The first exhibitions she organized and wrote catalogues for were: 2500 Years of Persian Art (1971), Turkish Art of the Ottoman Period (1973), Ceramics from the World of Islam (1974), and Art of the Arab World (1975). Her subsequent major exhibitions and related publications include Brush of the Masters: Drawings from Iran and India (1978); Renaissance of Islam: Art of the Mamluks and Kalila wa Dimna: Fables from a Fourteenth-Century Arabic Manuscript (both 1981); and Islamic Metalwork in the Freer Gallery of Art (1986).

Between 1985 and 1987, Dr. Atil was Guest Curator at the National Gallery of Art, where she published the Suleymanname: The Illustrated History of Suleyman the Magnificent (1986); as well as The Age of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent (1987), to accompany the traveling exhibition of the same title, which she organized. In 1987 she received the Grand Award for Culture and Art from the President of Turkey and the Medal of Honor from the Assembly of Turkish American Associations for her work on this exhibition; the same year she was awarded honorary doctorates from the Bogazici and Karadeniz Universities.

Dr. Atil served as Guest Curator of the exhibition Islamic Art and Patronage: Treasures from Kuwait, which was shown in the United States in 1990-92, then toured Europe; she was also the editor of the volume with the same title, which was translated into French, Italian, German, Portuguese, and Arabic. Her latest publications include Images of Imperial Istanbul, a facsimile of sixteenth-century panoramic views (1993); and chapters on "The Ottoman World in the Nineteenth-Century" in Voyages and Visions and "The Arts of Islam" in the Muslim Almanac (both 1995). After conducting extensive research on the figural imagery of the social, political, and economic milieu of the Ottoman world as observed in an illustrated manuscript, which she published in facsimile as Levni and the Surname: The Story of an Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Festival (1999).

Kay Broadwater

Kay Arwady Broadwater has been a member of the art faculty at Towson University for the past 23 years. She holds a Ph.D. in art education from Union Institute and University and was the 2002 National Art Education Association Eastern Region Art Educator of the Year. She is currently the Curriculum Expert for the Arts Integration Institute of Towson University and is involved in arts education as consultant for Young Audiences of Maryland and evaluator for the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts. Currently, Broadwater is serving as Contributing Editor for SchoolArts Magazine where she is the writer of a monthly column. Broadwater also founded an outreach program that links university students with urban youth to explore visual arts together, break down stereotypes, learn about human commonality and difference, integrate theory with practice and encourage the urban youth in gaining a vision for attending college in the future.

Charles Butterworth

Professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park, Charles Butterworth specializes in medieval Arabic and Islamic political philosophy. Pursuit of this academic interest has permitted him to live and study in most of the Arabic speaking countries of the Middle East and North Africa as well as in Europe. From time to time, he has lectured and taught at universities in Egypt, the West Bank, Gaza, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Turkey, Zaire, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Belorussia, France, Germany, Hungary, and Ukraine.

Professor Butterworth's publications include critical editions of most of the Middle Commentaries written by Averroes on Aristotle's logic; translations of books and treatises by Averroes, Alfarabi, and Alrazi, as well as Maimonides; and studies of different aspects of the political teaching of these and other thinkers in the ancient, medieval, and modern tradition of philosophy. Butterworth has also written monograph analyses of the political thought of Frantz Fanon and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. He is a member of several learned organizations and past-president of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies (ACSIS) as well as of the Société Internationale pour l'Étude de l'Histoire de la Philosophie et la Science Arabe et Islamique (SIHSPAI).

Trained in political philosophy and Arabic as well as Islamic civilization at the University of Chicago, where he received an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science, Charles Butterworth has also studied at the University of Ayn Shams in Egypt, the University of Bordeaux, and the University of Nancy in France (receiving a doctorate in philosophy from the latter). He received his B.A. from Michigan State University.

Before joining the faculty of the University of Maryland, Professor Butterworth taught at the University of Chicago and Federal City College (now the University of the District of Columbia). He has also taught at St. John's College, Georgetown University, and Harvard University, in addition to Marmara University, the University of Bordeaux, the University of Grenoble, the University of Paris I (Sorbonne), the University of Paris X (Nanterre), and the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes.

For several years he was the Principal Investigator for the Smithsonian sponsored Project in Medieval Islamic Logic in Cairo, Egypt. He has also been the Principal Investigator for a project on medieval Islamic logic sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and has organized a two-week Salzburg seminar on "The Commonality of Cultural Traditions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam."

A long-standing interest in the Palestinian-Israeli debate led to his involvement with CEEPAT (Continuing Education and Extension Project for Palestinians and Teachers on the West Bank and in Gaza). CEEPAT, a program for higher education addressed primarily to teachers in service, seeks to sharpen thinking skills and increase general learning so that teachers might come to think of themselves as having something worthwhile to pass on to their students and gain the confidence to do so without resorting to methods that stifle the interest of their students.

In 1992-1993, he was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. during which time he pursued a project on the relationship between revelation and political philosophy. From October 1999 until March 2000, Butterworth held a Fulbright Senior Scholar Research and Lecturing Award at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität in Erlangen, Germany and from May through August 2000 a German Academic Exchange Professorship at the same university. Also, during May and June 2000, he gave a series of lectures at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris entitled "Des origines de la philosophie politique en Islam."

At the University of Maryland, he has been recognized as a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher (1990-91) and, in 2001-02, for an award in Excellence in Teaching and Mentorship granted by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Brinda Charry

Born and raised in India, Brinda Charry came to the United States four years ago for her doctoral studies at Syracuse University. Her area of research is literary representations of political, commercial and cultural exchange between England and the Islamic East. She teaches courses in Renaissance literature, Shakespeare, literary theory, postcolonial fiction and Indian fiction in English at Syracuse. She also writes and publishes fiction; her novel The Hottest Day of the Year was published in India and the United Kingdom in 2003.

Susan Douglass

Susan Douglass is a social studies educator with experience in teaching, curriculum and instructional design, who serves on the Executive Council of the World History Association.. She has a M.A. in Arab Studies & History from Georgetown University and a B.A. in History from the University of Rochester. She is employed as Principal Analyst for the Council on Islamic Education, working on textbooks, curriculum, and teacher resources.

Publications include Strategies and Structures for Presenting World History (1994), Beyond A Thousand and One Nights: Literature from Muslim Civilization (1999), a teaching resource collection The Emergence of Renaissance: Cultural Interactions between Europeans and Muslims (co-author with Karima Alavi,1999), and a teaching unit published by the National Center for History in the Schools. She is the author of the study Teaching About Religion in National and State Social Studies Standards (2000), co-published by the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center.

Recent publications include the reference volume World Eras:Rise and Spread of Islam, 622-1500 (Thomson/Gale, 2002) and the children's book Ramadan (Carolrhoda Books, 2003). Current projects include research teamwork for an online curriculum project "World History for Us All," sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and San Diego State University, and a study of national and state standards for teaching world studies.

Philip Jacks

Philip Jacks is associate professor of fine arts and art history at George Washington University, where he teaches courses on painting, architecture, and sculpture in Renaissance Italy. His publications include an edition of Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Renaissance Artists, published by Random House in 2004, The Spinelli of Florence: Fortunes of a Renaissance Merchant Family (with William Caferro), published by Penn State University Press in 2001, Vasari's Florence: Artists and Literati at the Medicean Court, edited for Cambridge University Press in 1998, and The Antiquarian and the Myth of Antiquity: The Origins of Rome in Renaissance Thought, published by Cambridge University Press in 1992, as well as articles published in Art Bulletin, Romisches Jahrbuch fur Kunstgeschichte, Arte Lombarda, Renaissance Quarterly, and Architectura. Professor Jacks received a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship and a Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellowship to Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome in 1981-83. In 1994, he directed a National Endowment for the Humanities International Conference, "The Age of Giorgio Vasari: Art, Literature, and History at the Medicean Court" at Yale University. He is also the recipient of a Bender Undergraduate Teaching Award from George Washington University in 2001.

Rosamond Mack

Rosamond Mack is an art historian who earned her Ph.D. in Italian Renaissance painting and her M.A. in fine arts from Harvard and her B.A. in Art and Italian from Mount Holyoke College, following which she spent fourteen years in the Middle East and North Africa during her husband's Foreign Service assignments. She has been an assistant curator at and frequent consultant to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., taught courses at Georgetown University, and given lectures around the world, including lectures at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Fondazione Roberto Longhi in Florence, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyya in Kuwait, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has also spoken at numerous other institutions, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Textile Museum, Georgetown University, Mount Holyoke College, Dumbarton Oaks, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Amherst College, Loyola University of Chicago, and the American University of Sharjah, the Harvard Club of New York, and Harvard Alumni Association sponsored cruises. Recent publications include Bazaar to Piazza: Islamic Trade and Italian Art, 1300-1600, 2002, "Carlo Crivelli" and"Marco Zoppo" in the scholarly catalogue of fifteenth-century Italian paintings, published by the National Gallery of Art in 2003, "Islamic Commerce and Italian Art," in Splendour of the Medieval Mediterranean, in press at the European Institute of the Mediterranean, Barcelona, and "Oriental Carpets in Italian Renaissance Paintings: Art Objects and Status Symbols" forthcoming in The Magazine Antiques.

Mary Pixley

Mary Pixley is a professional researcher in art history with experience in university teaching. She has a Ph.D. and M.A. in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in the History of Art from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She specializes in cross-cultural art history with an emphasis on the influence of Islamic art on Italian art during the Renaissance and her research encompasses a variety of media including ceramics, metalwork, glass, rock crystal, ivory, and textiles and carpets, and she is particularly interested in decorative patterns. Her recent work as a Research Associate at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. permitted her to study in more depth the complex nature of cross-cultural artistic influence and the complexity of the Italian, Islamic, and Chinese nexus.

She recently published some of the results of this research in "Islamic Artifacts and Cultural Currents in the Art of Carpaccio", Apollo, November 2003, which considers the representation and presence of Mamluk, Ottoman, and Timurid manufactures in Venice. The article "Sargent after Velázquez: The Prado Studies" in The Burlington Magazine, September 2003, that she co-authored considers the formative influence of the Spanish master on John Singer Sargent. She has also contributed to various catalogues on the history of art including the forthcoming Catalogue of Sixteenth-Century Italian Paintings in the National Gallery, London. Current projects include research on blue and white ceramics and the transmission of decorative patterns.

Victor Vicente

Victor Vicente is a doctoral candidate in Ethnomusicology at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is currently writing a Ph.D. dissertation on music and Islam in Turkey and has conducted fieldwork in both Turkey and India on music and Islamic mysticism. He is a lecturer in the School of Music at the University of Maryland and teaches introductory courses in world music. Previously, his research focused on music and humanist philosophy in Renaissance Portugal, and he has experience performing European music of the Medieval and Renaissance eras on various period instruments.


Artistic Faculty

Natalia Monteleon

Natalia Monteleon has been involved in flamenco for over 25 years, as a dancer, teacher and choreographer, and is the director of Arte Flamenco Dance Company, and teaching studio. The company has twice been awarded grants by the Maryland State Arts Council. They have just concluded their 3rd performance at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, and their 7th Annual Spring Concert, at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

As soloist for various dance companies Natalia has performed at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, Wolf Trap Theater, George Washington University's Lisner Theater, the Warner Theater of Washington, the Embassies of France and Spain, the University of New Orleans, and the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans. She has recorded with Brother Ah's New World Ensemble cd "Celebration", and was dance director for the Gala Theater production of the "House of Bernarda Alba", and dance consultant for Arena's Stage's production of "Yerma".

As director of Arte Flamenco, Ms. Monteleon, has taken the company to the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Millennium Stage, Baltimore Artscape, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the American Theater in Hampton, VA, all major Hispanic and International music venues throughout the mid-Atlantic region, and participated in productions for Montgomery County, and Maryland Public TV. Classes are available from beginner to advanced/performer.

Mohamed Zakariya

Mohamed Zakariya, designer of the U.S. Postal Service "Eid Greetings" stamp, is an Islamic calligrapher, artist, and maker of custom instruments from the history of science. Born in Ventura, California in 1942, he began his study of Islamic calligraphy in 1961. After continuing his studies independently at the British Museum, he was invited in 1984 by the Research Center for Islamic History, Art, and Culture (IRCICA) in Istanbul to study there with two celebrated Turkish calligraphers: Hasan Celebi for the Sulus, Nesih, and other scripts and Ali Alparslan for the Nestalik script. In 1988, Mr. Zakariya received the prized icazet (diploma) from Mr. Celebi in a ceremony at the Yildiz Sarayi in Istanbul. In 1997, he received the icazet from Dr. Alparslan, also at the Yildiz Sarayi and under the auspices of IRCICA. Mr. Zakariya, who continues to study with Mr. Celebi and Dr. Alparslan, now has students of his own.

A frequent presenter on Islamic calligraphy and art and on interfaith subjects, Mr. Zakariya has given workshops and lectures for such institutions as the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Art, and in Washington, the Smithsonian Institution, the Middle East Institute, and the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. He has also given presentations at a number of colleges and universities, including Harvard, Princeton, Georgetown, George Washington, DePaul, and Washington and Lee, and is a member of the Virginia Commonwealth University-Qatar Joint Advisory Board for the VCU School of the Arts in Qatar.

In 2004, Mr. Zakariya won the prize for a composition in Ottoman-style Celi Talik script in IRCICA's triennial calligraphy competition. That same year, he received the 2004 American Muslim Achievement Award from the Islamic Center of Southern California. His calligraphy was exhibited along with works by Hebrew calligrapher Neal Yerman and Christian calligrapher Karen Gorst in "Writing the Sublime: The Art of Calligraphy in the Religions of Abraham" at the Interfaith Center's Onisaburo Gallery in New York, November 2003 through January 2004. In 2001, Mr. Zakariya designed and did the calligraphy for the U.S. Postal Service's "Eid Greetings" stamp, the first U.S. stamp to commemmorate Muslim holidays, and took part in the ceremonies launching the stamp at the ISNA conference at Des Plaines, Ill., in September 2001.In 1994, Mr. Zakariya designed the calligraphic panels for the Muslim Community Center Mosque in Silver Spring, Maryland, and in 2003, he designed the interior and did the calligraphy for the Mosque of Two Columns at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. In 1990 and 1997, his calligraphy was exhibited, along with that of his teachers, at the Yildiz Sarayi in Istanbul. One of his works is now in the collection of the Calligraphy Museum of Turkpetrol Vakfi in Istanbul, the finest private museum of Islamic calligraphic art in the world. Mr. Zakariya contributed to The Art of the Pen, by Nabil Safwat, published by the Khalili Collection in 1996. His translations from the Turkish include The Art of Calligraphy, by M. Ugur Derman, published in 1998 by IRCICA, and Professor Derman's Letters in Gold: Ottoman Calligraphy from the Sakip Sabanci Collection, Istanbul, the catalogue of an exhibit appearing during 1998-99 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum, and Harvard's Sackler Gallery. For the same exhibit, he wrote a monograph, Music for the Eyes: An Introduction to Islamic and Ottoman Calligraphy. Mr. Zakariya also calligraphed "The Burda of Al-Busiri" (The Poem of the Cloak) for a book accompanying a CD set issued by Sandala in 2001.

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Last updated June 11, 2007