FOL University Features Program on Archaeology and NYC Architecture Sunday Dec. 9

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The Friends of the Library hosts its popular FOL University on Sunday, December 9 at 1:30 pm in the Lapham Room. The event features two scholars speaking on two fascinating topics: archaeologist Denise Gold and architectural historian Francis Morrone.

A widely respected archaeologist, Denise Gold has excavated numerous sites throughout the Biblical and classical world. Her work has taken her to the large Roman villa known as Ossaia La Tufa, the ancient Judean city of Lachish, and the city of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel known as Hazor.

Europe’s first great civilization thrived on the island of Crete thousands of years ago. It was rediscovered in 1900 by an Englishman, Sir Arthur Evans, who excavated the city of Knossos. Here he found the palace of the legendary King Minos, prompting Evans to call this ancient civilization “Minoan.” Gold’s lecture will provide an overview of this Bronze Age civilization along with biographical information on Sir Evans.

Denise Gold teaches and lectures on Biblical and classical archaeology. She is a Governor of the Archaeological Institute of America. 

Francis Morrone, co-author with Henry Hope Reed of The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, published to celebrate the building’s 100th birthday in 2011, will discuss New York’s greatest masterpiece of Beaux-Arts architecture, as well as of the Progressive Era city in which architects, planners and artists strove to create a new urban order, the “City Beautiful.”

Francis Morrone is a writer and historian specializing in the architectural and social history of the 19th and 20th centuries. He is the author of eleven books, including The Architectural Guidebook to New York City (1994) and An Architectural Guidebook to Brooklyn (2001).

Morrone wrote the column “Abroad in New York,” as well as weekly art and architecture criticism, for the New York Sun for six and a half years, and is well-known for his walking tours in New York. He is the recipient of New York University’s coveted Excellence in Teaching Award, and of the Arthur Ross Award of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. 

FOL U is patterned after the popular “One-Day University” concept, according to event chairs Ellen Zimmerman and Carol Hiller.  Well-known professors from area colleges are invited to speak on engaging and edifying topics. In the past, the FOL has been honored to hostprofessors from Adelphi, City College, Columbia University, C.W. Post, Hofstra, and NYU. The topics have been as broad as those contained in the pages of any great university’s catalogue, ranging from the literary and political to science and the performing arts.

FOL U, along with the many other library events and services the Friends sponsors each year, is supported by the generous donations of library patrons. Contributions in any amount are always appreciated. The FOL is currently conducting its annual fundraising appeal. You may donate by using donor envelopes available throughout library or by going online at pwpl.org/fol/support. 



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