HTC Forum

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The HTC Forum is the main lecture series of the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art Program. It is organized by graduate students with the HTC Faculty and made possible in part by the Lipstadt-Stieber Fund. Other talks organized by faculty may also be listed among the Forum lectures. All of them are free and open to the public.

Directions to the Long Lounge (7-429): From 77 Massachusetts Avenue, go up the steps and enter, you are in building 7. Take the elevator that is in the back left-hand corner to the fourth floor and exit to the left (alternatively take the stairs located near the elevator behind the set of double doors, then exit to the right). Go straight and The Long Lounge is on your left-hand side. The general location can be seen on the campus map. However, it will not show a specific room location.

Sep 13, 2019 - 12:00pm
Long Lounge 7-429

In the early 1960s top Israeli archaeologists were taken on a state-sponsored mission of rescuing ancient scrolls, supposedly hidden in the Judean Desert caves from looting. One team of archaeologists managed climbing three extremely hard-to-access caves hanging over the cliffs of Nahal Mishmar (Mishmar canyon). In these caves they were amazed to discover unique archaeological treasures, as well as skeletons of 21 children, women and men. A forensic investigation discovered that those individuals died from severe violence, hundreds to thousands of years ago. Who were these people?

Sep 24, 2019 - 6:00pm
7-429 Long Lounge

This paper is an exploration into sound and music as historical materials. Although it delves momentarily into the parallel and intersecting histories of modern aurality and visual culture, this paper considers different aspects of music composition and performance—sampling, coding, recording, and live instrumentation—as techniques for creating historical knowledge. To demonstrate, this paper will consider a work-in-progress—a musical composition whereby Josef Albers paintings and Anni Albers textile become sonic landscapes.

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:00pm
Long Lounge 7-429

This paper discusses how the alkali industry transformed two towns in northwestern England and considers some of the complexities of environmental systems and stories that are still embedded in the landscape – long after many of the physical traces of the Victorian chemical industry have long since disappeared.  

Nov 19, 2019 - 6:00pm
Long Lounge 7-429

Does science need to be useful? Are productivity and innovation good goals for academics? Do academics need to be paid? For what would you pay them and how much? And what would happen if you did not pay them? Does anyone need to go to school? Can’t you make do with apprenticeship and perhaps a few private lessons? Seventeenth-century Istanbul may hold some possible answers. For roughly a century, Istanbul produced no texts dealing with the classical sciences of astronomy, theoretical medicine and natural philosophy as hyperinflation wrecked living conditions of the professoriate.