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Post-World War II Houses And Their Role In Forming Our Culture Is Topic Of Talk At U.Va. Nov. 6

October 23, 2003 --

WHO: Dianne Harris

WHAT: “Constructing Identity: Race, Class and the Ordinary
Postwar House, 1945-60”

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 6, 6 p.m.

WHERE: Campbell Hall, Room 160

The housing boom following World War II allowed many people to purchase their first homes and move out of cities across the United States.

Dianne Harris, whose research is on the role the landscape plays in the formation of culture and the structures of everyday life, will give a lecture, “Constructing Identity: Race, Class and the Ordinary Postwar House, 1945-60,” at U.Va. Nov. 6. Harris’ talk will focus on her current research into American architecture after World War II. She will discuss drawn images of ordinary houses and gardens that appeared in popular and shelter magazines in the United States between 1945 and 1960, to show how drawings reinforced prevailing notions of class and race for an audience composed of many first-time and aspiring homeowners.

Harris teaches the history of architecture, urbanism and landscape architecture in the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign.

She has recently published “The Nature of Authority: Villa Culture, Landscape and Representation in 18th-Century Lombardy” with Pennsylvania State University Press and was co-editor of “Villas and Gardens in Early Modern Italy and France” (Cambridge University Press, 2001).

For details about the talk, call the McIntire Department of Art at (434) 924-6123.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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