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The Meaning of Beards from Antiquity to Today

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Auditorium, Getty Villa
Free Event; Ticket Required

Prepare for No-Shave November with an exploration of beards through time and cultures. Historian Christopher Oldstone-Moore presents the fascinating history of facial hair from the Assyrians onward, revealing how beards reflect male roles in society, express power and ideals of manliness, and serve to identify individuals and types of people. Beards are back; it's time to learn what they have been saying about men for 2,500 years! This talk will be preceded by a drop-in program re-creating the facial stylings of selected rulers and philosophers in the Villa's galleries.

Oldstone-Moore is the author of Of Beards and Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair (University of Chicago Press). His research focuses on gender and masculinity, particularly the aspect of the hair and body.

Bio: Christopher Oldstone-Moore is Senior Lecturer in History at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He grew up in Wisconsin, attended Carleton College and earned his PhD in British history from the University of Chicago. He now specializes in the history of masculinity, and in 2016 published Of Beards and Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair (University of Chicago Press). His next project is a history of adventure. He lives in Springfield, Ohio with his wife Jennifer, his three grown daughters having flown the coop.

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Villa Auditorium
Plenty of tickets
Saturday, October 26
3:00 PM
Villa Auditorium
Plenty of tickets
Sunday, October 27
3:00 PM

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