Words Matter! The 20th Anniversary of the Eldredge Prize

This event brought together fourteen winners of the museum’s Charles C. Eldredge Prize, awarded annually to the author of the best book in the field of American art. Each speaker chose a word to muse upon—a word that is a critical term for the field, represents an especially compelling approach for the study of American art, or has galvanized his or her own scholarship. The schedule was as follows:

2:00–3:15 p.m.

  • Musings
  • “Words We Write By”
  • Introduction by Sarah Burns
  • Panelists: Wanda M. Corn, Caroline A. Jones, Margaretta M. Lovell, David M. Lubin, Angela L. Miller, Rebecca Zurier

3:30–4:45 p.m.

  • Roundtable
  • “Words that Inspire Scholarship”
  • Moderated by Sally M. Promey
  • Panelists: Anthony W. Lee, Richard Meyer, Edward J. Nygren, Sue Rainey, Alan Trachtenberg

5–6 p.m.

  • Lecture by the 2008 Eldredge Prize Winner
  • “Art Worlds: World Arts”
  • JoAnne M. Mancini

Speakers and Their Words

words matter

Sarah Burns, Indiana University

gender

Wanda M. Corn, Stanford University

visibility

Caroline A. Jones, MIT

silence

Anthony W. Lee, Mount Holyoke College

money

Margaretta M. Lovell, University of California, Berkeley

pleasure

David M. Lubin, Wake Forest University

worlds

JoAnne M. Mancini, National University of Ireland

censorship

Richard Meyer, University of Southern California

reciprocity

Angela L. Miller, Washington University in Saint Louis

place

Edward J. Nygren, independent scholar

conversations

Sally M. Promey, Yale University

context

Sue Rainey, independent scholar

history

Alan Trachtenberg, Yale University (emeritus)

facture

Rebecca Zurier, University of Michigan