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John M. Anderson Lecture Series October Spotlight

Gwendolyn Wright is professor of architecture at Columbia University, where she also holds appointments in the departments of history and art history. The author of six books and scores of articles, Wright has focused principally on American architecture and urbanism from the late-nineteenth century to the present day. She has also written extensively about transnational exchanges, especially colonial and more recent neo-colonial aspects of both modernism and historic preservation. Wright 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 elected her as a fellow. Since 2003, Wright has also served as a host of the popular PBS television series, History Detectives. In her newest book, USA, which is part of the Modern Architectures in History series from Reaktion Books, she recasts established ideas about American modernism by highlighting key shifts and conflicts about work, home, and public life from 1865 to the present. Wright will present a John M. Anderson Lecture in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art, at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 11. Her lecture is co-sponsored by Graduate Student Association for Visual Culture. Click here for a complete list of our Anderson lecture series events.