Public Lecture Series

Sep 25, 2017 - 6:00pm
Room 3-133

As a Lebanese-born American woman and mother, Matar has dedicated her artistic practice to exploring both sides of her cultural background, cross-cultural experience, and personal narrative, in addressing issues of personal and collective identity, through photographing girls and women both in the United States where she lives and in the Middle East where she is from. Focusing on both cultures is especially important to her in the current political climate we live in, where the  ‘them vs. us’ rhetoric is so prevalent.

Sep 26, 2017 - 6:00pm
Room 7-429/Long Lounge

Paul Goldberger, who the Huffington Post has called “the leading figure in architecture criticism,” is now a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair. From 1997 through 2011 he served as the Architecture Critic for The New Yorker, where he wrote the magazine’s celebrated “Sky Line” column. He also holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School in New York City. He was formerly Dean of the Parsons School of Design, a division of The New School.

Oct 16, 2017 - 6:00pm
Room 3-133

Raya is an award winning Architect and urban designer with 25 years of professional experience having worked in Baghdad, Germany, Boston, New York and Dubai.

Oct 17, 2017 - 6:00pm
Room 7-429/Long Lounge

Cole Roskam has been an associate professor of architectural history and theory in the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong since 2010.  His research and teaching include topics in 20th century and contemporary architectural and urban history as well as theory. He is particularly interested in understanding architecture’s role in mediating moments of transnational interaction and exchange between China and other parts of the world.

Nov 14, 2017 - 6:00pm
Room 7-429/Long Lounge

Frederic Leighton’s Holland Park home was one of the most famous British Orientalist interiors in nineteenth-century London. His home, the site of his creative practice, it was also an evolving work of art and a space into and out of which objects, art works and people travelled. Here Leighton amassed an exceptional collection of Islamic art. The quality of the historic Near Eastern tiles and the artistic ambitions of their installation in Leighton’s Arab Hall, built between 1877 and 1879, distinguishes his Orientalist interior from the homes of his peers.

Dec 4, 2017 - 6:00pm
Room 7-429/Long Lounge

Sabiha will speak about her unusual and wondrous journey with Islamic art which has connected far away times and places in her life. As a Tunisian who discovered and studied Islamic art in London, Sabiha came to learn more about her own culture from outside it. Feeling at home in both East and West, she celebrates the commonalties as well as the differences between cultures. Islamic art’s particularities and idiosyncrasies have much to offer in fostering understanding and bridging cultural gaps.