Jacksonville: Reception and Talk with Michael Lewis

Date: 3/21/2017
Time: 6:00 PM


invites Williams alumni, parents, and friends to attend
a TEACH IT FORWARD talk entitled

The Lost Art of Making Memorials 


Michael Lewis
Faison-Pierson-Stoddard Professor of Art History

Tuesday, March 21st

6 p.m. Reception
6:45 p.m. Discussion with Prof Lewis

The River Club
Ortega Room
1 Independent Drive, Suite 3500
Jacksonville, FL 32202

There is no charge for this event
Light fare and beverages provided

For most of American history, memorials were sober classical objects that stated a single theme in powerful terms: the tragic dignity of the Lincoln Memorial or the heroic authority of the Washington Monument. But in the last generation, the commemorative object has given way to the therapeutic memorial, which seeks not to celebrate but to heal. In this illustrated talk, Professor Lewis will look at the significant memorials of the last generation, successful and unsuccessful, including the 9/11 Memorial in New York and the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Michael J. Lewis has taught American art and architecture at Williams College since 1993. After receiving his B.A. from Haverford College in 1980, and two years at the University of Hannover Germany, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. He has taught at Bryn Mawr College; McGill University, Montreal; and the University of Natal, South Africa. A critic of architecture, he writes for a wide variety of publications. He is the author of, among others, Frank Furness: Architecture and the Violent Mind (2001), The Gothic Revival (2002), American Art and Architecture (2006), and the prize-winning August Reichensperger: The Politics of the German Gothic Revival (1993). His research interests include architectural theory; utopian and communal societies; and the nature of creativity. In 2008 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship to support the completion of City of Refuge: the Other Utopia, a study of millennial town planning. Lewis was named Faison-Pierson-Stoddard Professor of Art in 2008.

Please register by March 15th


The River Club

The Ortega Room

1 Independent Drive
Suite 3500
Jacksonville, FL 32202


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Parking is located under the building using Laura Street before the traffic circle in front of the Jacksonville Landing. Please remember to bring your parking ticket upstairs and The River Club will validate your parking.


Please contact Alumni Relations
(413) 597-4151