On Monday, Oct. 25, the Farnsworth Art Museum’s annual series The Farnsworth Forum will present art historian Angela Miller, principal author of the groundbreaking book “American Encounters,” for a discussion on how and why the canon of American art has been expanded over the last 40 years to include more artists of color and more women artists.

Professor Miller also will examine the limitations of multiculturalism and identity politics in relationship to the arts during the 1990s and how the present transnational exchanges between artists are bringing forth a more integrated and inclusive art world. The Forum will take place at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., at 6 p.m.

Miller is professor of art at Washington University, St. Louis, and an expert in the cultural history of 19th and 20th-century American art. Her specialized interests include visual constructions of nationhood, American modernism and the cultural history of the arts between the two world wars.

Miller is a prolific writer and lecturer. She has written scores of articles, among them “1935: The Popular Front, Artists and Writers Mobilize,” “The Twentieth Century Artistic Reception of Whitman and Melville,” “With Eyes Wide Open: The Americanization of Surrealism” and “Death and Resurrection in an Artist’s Studio.” She was the principal author and editor of the monumental survey book “American Encounters: Art, History, and Cultural Identity,” which is being used as the textbook for American art history in many of the nation’s leading universities and colleges.

Miller has taught at Colgate University and Williams College. She has delivered many conference papers and invited lectures and recently returned from Paris after a teaching exchange sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art. As part of an effort to promote intellectual academic exchange with French scholars of American art and culture, Miller gave a series of lectures at the University of Paris.

Roger Dell, the Farnsworth’s director of education, will interview Miller on the stage of the Strand Theatre and there will be a question-and-answer period following their conversation. The fee for this lecture is $30, $25 for museum members. For more information or to make a reservation, call the education department at 596-0949 or visit farnsworthmuseum.org/education.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.