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Bluhm Lectures AY2014-15

heinz bluhm memorial lecture series

Boston/Cambridge and the Making of American Gothic

Professor Jan Ziolkowski, Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin and Director of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Harvard University

Thursday, March 26, 2015
5:30 p.m., Stokes S195 Auditorium

Jan Ziolkowski

This lecture will discuss the great vogue for all things medieval in the Boston-Cambridge area in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Among the topics discussed will be historian and intellectual Henry Adams (descendant of the presidential family) and his influential book, Mont Saint Michel and Chartres, as well as architect Ralph Adams Cram and the Gothic Revival he created in architecture, especially the Collegiate Gothic style (splendid examples of which are the original buildings of the Boston College campus). The lecture will be extensively illustrated, both visually and textually.


From Paradise to Party Lights: Fitzgerald and Gatsby

Dr. Charles Scribner, III

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
5:30 p.m., Devlin 101

Charles Scribner III

What makes Gatsby great? F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby today sells more copies each fortnight than the total cumulative sale during the author's lifetime. Charles Scribner—the fourth generation of Scribners to oversee Fitzgerald's works at the family publishing house—will offer both a personal and professional perspective on this legendary Jazz-Age writer, the "Last of the Romantics," and his iconic novel that still defines the magic of American self-invention.