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  • Follies of Belief: Architecture, Religion, and Humor in Modern America Lecture by Margaret M. GrubiakTuesday, December 5, 2017Following the 2015 Islamic extremist attacks on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, Pope Francis asserted “there is a limit to free speech” when it comes to religion and that we “cannot make fun of faith.” But is this true in the American context? In this talk, we will explore follies of belief in the United States—the Washington, D.C. Mormon Temple, which graffiti compares to The Wizard of Oz; the so-called “Touchdown Jesus” mural at the University of Notre Dame; Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Heritage USA Christian theme park; and Oral Roberts University—to understand the ways Americans have responded to religious difference using humor and ...
    Posted Nov 17, 2017, 12:06 PM by Bill Marzella
  • Latrobe Chapter Symposium - Registration Now Open! City and Capital: Building Washington, DC, as Home and Symbol 12th Biennial Symposium on the Historic Development of Metropolitan Washington, DC The Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and Planning October 28, 2017 8:30 AM - 4:00 PMRegistration is now open!  Click here to register.The 12th Biennial Symposium organized by the Latrobe Chapter of The Society of Architectural Historians, in collaboration with the DC Preservation League and The Catholic University of America, School of Architecture and Planning, explores the relationship between Federal and local interests as they relate to the built environment of greater Washington, DC. The tensions between serving as the National Capital and functioning as a practical city have defined Washington, DC, politically, socially ...
    Posted Oct 8, 2017, 3:05 PM by Bill Marzella
  • Latrobe Chapter Summer Picnic Saturday, June 17thSummer picnic and tours of the Historic Clermont Farm in Berryville, VA! The Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, in partnership with the Washington, DC Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology, will host a summer picnic and tour at the Clermont Farm in Berryville, Virginia. Clermont Farm, a 360-acre working cattle and sheep farm, is a site dedicated to research and training in history, historic preservation, and agriculture. A gift to the people of Virginia by Elizabeth Rust Williams in 2004, the site is owned by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and operated by the Clermont Foundation.  Clermont is architecturally significant as a well-preserved agricultural complex of buildings ranging in date ...
    Posted Jun 15, 2017, 1:51 PM by Bill Marzella
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