October 11 (Friday) @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us from 2 -7 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2019, at the Atheneum, a day of amazing speakers featuring leaders from the world of art, preservation and architecture. This event is free, but seating is limited. No registration is required. A special thanks to our Speaker Series sponsor, Hafer.

Schedule of Events:
2:00 p.m., Karla Britton
Current Yale Lecturer. Her academic work focuses on the modern architect’s engagement with tradition in twentieth-century architecture and urbanism. Her teaching has emphasized the intersection of classicism and modernization, the evolution of modern ecclesiastical building and in a multi-religious context the relationship between religion and modern architecture.

3:00 p.m., Silvia Rode
Chairs the Department of World Languages and Cultures and serves on the board of the Center for Communal Studies at the University of Southern Indiana. Her research on utopianism includes utopian concepts between WWI and WWII, theories on urbanism and 19th century communal societies. She is also the author of Franz Werfel Star of the Unborn: Utopia as Fictional Genre Discourse and Intellectual History.

3:45 p.m., Michelangelo Sabatino
The Rowe Family College of Architecture Dean Endowed Chair and Professor at the College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology. Co-Author of Avant Guard in the Cornfields: Architecture, Landscape, and Preservation in New Harmony

4:30 p.m., Ben Nicholson
Co-Author of Avant Guard in the Cornfields: Architecture, Landscape, and Preservation in New Harmony. Educated at the Architectural Association in London, the Cooper Union, New York, and Cranbrook, Michigan, and is Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has guest taught at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the universities of Edinburgh, London, Michigan, Houston and Cornell.

5:15 p.m., Richard McCoy
The founding director of Landmark Columbus, an organization that cares for and celebrates the world-renowned cultural heritage of Columbus, Indiana. A former Fulbright Scholar to Spain, McCoy holds a master’s degree in art history from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University.

6:00 p.m., Aaron Betsky, Roundtable and book signing with co-editors of Avant Guard in the Cornfields: Architecture, Landscape, and Preservation in New Harmony

Aaron Betsky is President of the School of Architecture at Taliesin, former Director of Cincinnati Art Museum. Trained at Yale, Betsky has worked as a designer for Frank O. Gehry & Associates and Hodgetts + Fung, taught at SCI-Arc and served as the director of the 11th Venice International Architecture Biennale.

Wine and Cheese to be served during round table and book signing.


Atheneum Visitor’s Center
401 N. Arthur St.
New Harmony, IN 47631 United States
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