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June 23, 2015 

Glaire D. Anderson, Associate Professor of Art History

Leonardo Da Vinci’s sketchbooks are clear evidence that interest in the possibility of human flight has a long history predating the Wright Brothers, but few realize that experiments in flight occurred as early as the ninth century. Glaire Anderson discusses a long-lost medieval Arabic account of a flight that took place in Córdoba, the capital of Islamic Spain. She argues that this account, and the earliest Islamic scientific instruments, reveal unexpected but meaningful links between early Islamic art, architecture, and science.

TIME: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

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