John Ruskin and 21st century architecture are the topics of this year's lecture
(Sept. 15, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.–Howard Hull, director of the Ruskin Foundation, will give a talk titled “John Ruskin and the Architecture of the 21st Century: A Prophet's Take” at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The event is free, and the public is invited to attend.
The pre-eminent art critic in Victorian England, John Ruskin also was an artist, sociologist, scientist, poet, environmentalist and philosopher. Ruskin's theories of architecture have influenced generations of architects and students of cities. Among his classic works on the subject are “The Seven Lamps of Architecture,” “The Stones of Venice,” “Mornings In Florence,” and “St. Mark's Rest.” The Ruskin Foundation is committed to the conservation, study and communication of Ruskin's legacy.
A scholar at Christ's Hospital in Sussex, England, Hull graduated from St. Peter's College, Oxford in 1975. He taught art history in the Oxford Overseas Studies Group before moving on to The Gordonstoun School, where he tutored members of the British Royal Family. Hull was a founding partner of the Support Group, an arts, education and event management company, as well as a development officer for the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and the Royal Collage of Art. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society of the Arts.
The Srole Lecture is the flagship event of the urban studies program at the Colleges. The lecture is named after Professor Leo Srole, who taught at HWS in the 1940s and wrote the American city studies classic, “The Mental Health of the Metropolis.”
Previous Srole lecturers include Rochester Mayor William Johnson; Elizabeth Leeds, program officer for the Ford Foundation's Governance and Civil Society Brazil office; Harriet MacDonald, director of New York City's Doe Fund; Jonathan Kozol, author of “Amazing Grace” and “Ordinary Resurrections”; and the Reverend Martha Overall of St. Ann's Parish in South Bronx, N.Y.