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The National Sporting Library and Museum Symposia include international scholars and draw capacity crowds. Topics have included side saddle riding, viewing nature as a resource and partner, polo, dog breeds, fly fishing and conservation, and artist Sir Alfred Munnings.

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The National Sporting Library and Museum Symposia include international scholars and draw capacity crowds. Topics have included side saddle riding, nature as a resource and partner, polo, dog breeds, fly fishing and conservation, and artist Sir Alfred Munnings.

Symposia sponsored by the NSLM have been one-day events featuring international panels of scholars and sport practitioners. Titles have included:  Side Saddle Symposium, 2014; Perspectives on Teaming with Nature, 2013; Evolution of Polo, 2012Lives of Dogs: Origins and Evolution of Hunting & Sporting Breeds, 2010; A River Never Sleeps: Conservation, History and the Fly Fishing River, 2009; and Reflections on a Life of Art and Sport: A Symposium on the Art of Sir Alfred Munnings, 2008.

Scholars and prominent leaders have included scientist and conservationist Thomas E. Lovejoy; Smithsonian art historian Eleanor Jones Harvey; conservationist and historic preservationist Gerald Adelmann; and artist, writer, naturalist and conservationist James Prosek; museum educator Lisa Roberts; horticulturalist Perry Mathewes; artist-naturalist and conservationist Robin Hill; artist-naturalist, conservationist Meg Page; Horace A. Laffaye, M.D. , John H. Daniels Fellow, former polo player and authority on the history of polo; Michael H. S. Finney, Maryland racing historian and sporting art dealer specializing in equine art; Dennis J. Amato, Ph.D. polo historian, and collector of printed polo material and ephemera; Joseph Muldoon III, 5-goal polo player and founder of the Potomac Polo School; have included James Serpell, Ph.D, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Emma Griffin, Ph.D., Lecturer in History, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England; Martin Wallen, Ph.D., Professor of English, Oklahoma State University and Daniels Fellow; Harriet Ritvo, Ph.D., Arthur J. Conner Professor of History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Benjamin H. Hardaway, III, Joint Master of the Midland Fox Hounds (Georgia) and Past President of the Masters of Foxhounds Association of America; James Prosek, fly fishing author and artist, Easton, Connecticut; Hoagy B. Carmichael, author, film-maker, and historian, New York; Samuel Snyder, Ph.D., Anchorage, Alaska, and Daniels Fellow; Diane Roe, Administrator and Curator, Sir Alfred Munnings Museum, Dedham, Essex, England; Angus Trumble, Curator of Paintings and Sculpture, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut;  Mitchell Merling, PH.D., Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the Department of European Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia.

Symposium Programs

 

Side Saddle Symposium Saturday, March 15, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Read more  Related exhibit

Perspectives on Teaming with Nature, November 16, 2013 Read more  Read the program

The Evolution of Polo in America: A Symposium on History, Art, Women’s Teams, and Current Issues Read more. Facebook

Lives of Dogs: Origins and Evolution of Hunting & Sporting Breeds, 2010 Read more.

A River Never Sleeps: Conservation, History, and the Fly Fishing River, 2009 Read more.

Reflections on a Life of Art and Sport: A Symposium on the Art of Sir Alfred Munnings, 2008. Read more.