Mary Pardo first began teaching art and art history at UNC in 1985. Now, after 34 years of scholarship and education, Pardo is retiring from her teaching position.
Her retirement ceremony will be held on Nov. 12 at the Hanes Art Center. During the celebration, Professor Emerita of the History of Art, Patricia Simons, will lecture on “Allegory and Pleasure, Virtue and Voyeurism: the visual dynamics of Susanna and the Elders” which will be followed by the reception.
“Mary is one of the most brilliant scholars alive," said Lucia Binotti, a professor in the department of romantic studies. "In addition to that, she is an amazing teacher. She has been teaching for many, many, many, many years."
Binotti and Pardo first met in 1991 after receiving the same arts and humanities scholarship. In 2003, they founded the honors study abroad program in Rome together, Binotti said.
“She has really impacted the lives of an incredible amount of students," Binotti said. "When you have taken a class with Mary Pardo, you never forget it.”