Host of 'History Detectives' to give lecture on American architecture

October 03, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Gwendolyn Wright, host of the PBS television series "History Detectives," will give a free public lecture, “Does Modern Housing Still Matter?” at 6 p.m. Oct. 11, in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium at Palmer Museum of Art on the Penn State University Park campus. An informal meet-and-greet will precede the lecture at 3:30 p.m. in 205 Borland Building.

The subject of Wright’s talk parallels her early publications, "Moralism and the Model Home: Domestic Architecture and Cultural Conflict in Chicago" (University of Chicago Press, 1980) and "Building the American Dream: A Social History of Housing in America" (Pantheon, 1981; paperback edition: MIT Press, 1983). The latter is now in its 17th printing.

Wright is a professor of architecture at Columbia University, where she also holds appointments in the departments of history and art history. She is the author of six books and numerous articles, focusing on American architecture and urbanism from the late-19th century to the present. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Getty Fellowship, and was elected to the Society of American Historians, which honors literary quality. This year, the Society of Architectural Historians honored her as a fellow.

A reception will be held following the lecture in the Christoffers Lobby, Palmer Museum of Art. Wright’s lecture is presented by the Graduate Student Association for Visual Culture in collaboration with the School of Visual Arts John M. Anderson Endowment and co-sponsored by the Department of Art History, the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the Department of History, the College of Arts and Architecture and the University Park Allocation Committee.



  • Gwendolyn Wright hosts the PBS television series 'History Detectives.'

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