Amuse Bouche

Dumbarton Oaks Hosts Webinar on Masculinity Oct. 30

October 6, 2020

Dumbarton Oaks is hosting a ZOOM conversation with four scholars about research on gender, sexuality, emotions, and devotion October 30, 2020 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Register here.


For the past five decades, Byzantinists have explored gender and sexuality. More recent work has turned to gendered emotions and religious devotion. While much of this research has its origin in women’s history, there has been an increasing interest in men, including monks and eunuchs, and in the articulations and performances of masculinity. 


This conversation brings together scholars across the globe who have actively promoted this research to reflect on their work and its evolving academic and nonacademic contexts.


Organizers: Claudia Rapp (University of Vienna and Austrian Academy of Sciences) and Derek Krueger (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)



Derek Krueger is the Joe Rosenthal Excellence Professor of Religious Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He serves as chair of the United States National Committee for Byzantine Studies (2016–2021) and as a senior fellow at Dumbarton Oaks (2015–2021). His current project is entitled “Monastic Desires: Homoeroticism in Byzantine Ascetic Literature.”


Mark Masterson is senior lecturer of classics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His major research interest is same-sex desire between men in classical antiquity and medieval Byzantium. His Between Byzantine Men: Desire, Brotherhood, and Male Culture in the Medieval Empire is forthcoming from Routledge.


Claudia Rapp is professor of Byzantine studies at the University of Vienna, director of the Division of Byzantine Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and scholarly director of the Sinai Palimpsests Project. She serves as president of the Austrian Association for Byzantine Studies and as a senior fellow at Dumbarton Oaks (2019–2021). Her research and publications (including Brother-Making in Late Antiquity and Byzantium: Monks, Laymen, and Christian Ritual) focus on social and cultural history, often from the angle of religious history and manuscript studies.


Shaun Tougher is professor of Late Roman and Byzantine history in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University. He works especially on Constantinian and Macedonian dynastic history and on eunuchs. His Roman Castrati: Eunuchs in the Roman Empire is forthcoming this autumn.

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Film Noir Style: The Killer 1940s Sept. 29

September 1, 2020

Join historian and author of Film Noir Style: The Killer 1940s Kimberly Truhler for a dive into the dark side of forties style and a celebration of the film noir genre's most influential films and stars. September 29, 2020 from 7:00-8:00 pm. Register here.


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In 1941, Hollywood turned down a dark alley and began to explore stories of vice, corruption, and murder. Pictures featured tough leading men and mysterious women who were often very good at being bad. While navigating the impact of the Production Code and World War II, studio costume designers defined the style of the decade's crime thrillers and murder dramas, which would collectively become known as film noir. They transformed Hollywood's leading ladies into intrigantes and femme fatales - women who would do anything to get what they want.

Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe (Photo by: Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe

The actors in film noir, led by Humphrey Bogart, set style standards for America in the way they wore suits, fedoras, and trench coats. And oh, the women - whether good or bad, they captured the imagination of the country and immediately began influencing fashion. Film noir made stars of young actresses like Lauren Bacall, Ava Gardner, Gene Tierney, and Marilyn Monroe and magnified the careers of Rita Hayworth, Barbara Stanwyck, Jane Greer, and Gloria Swanson. In all cases, costume design proved vital to their success.


Kimberly Truhler is an author, guest speaker, and host of a screening series on the History of Fashion in Film. She has been an adjunct professor and expert for companies like Turner Classic Movies, BBC Worldwide, Christie's auction house, and Elle magazine, and was featured in CNN's 2019 docu-series American Style.


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This program will be hosted via Zoom. You will receive additional details upon registration.

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Amazon Go Grocery Coming to DC

August 12, 2020

Amazon is planning to open cashier-less “Go” grocery stores in Washington D.C. as part of a broader grocery expansion, according to The Seattle Times.


Since acquiring Whole Foods in 2017, Amazon has expanded the chain’s online order business and Amazon Fresh grocery delivery service has been very popular during the pandemic.


Shoppers at Amazon Go Grocery stores enter by scanning a smartphone app. Overhead cameras and sensors track everything put into a shopping cart, so no need for scanning and paying during checkout.


Items are then charged to a shopper’s Amazon account shortly after they leave the store.


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