- Civilizing Students, Civilizing Communities: Frederick Law Olmsted's Plans for Colleges and Universities
- Physical Description:
- David Schuyler Ph.D, Department of American Studies, Franklin & Marshall College
- Publication Date:
- October 1, 2013
- For this lecture, Prof. Schuyler will discuss the historic background of the design of land-grant universities from the perspective of Frederick Law Olmsted, who oversaw the master plan of dozens of these institutions in the last third of the nineteenth century. He will address the way in which design affected the role and purview of public universities, and how physical layout of these institutions reflected their inspirations and ambitions. This lecture commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act that established land-grant universities and marks the beginning of National Arts & Humanities Month.
- David Schuyler received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University, where his dissertation was awarded the Richard B. Morris Prize. He is currently the Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor of the Humanities and Professor of American Studies at Franklin & Marshall College, where he has taught since 1979. Professor Schuyler is author of A City Transformed: Redevelopment, Race, and Suburbanization in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1940-1980 (University Park, 2002), Apostle of Taste: Andrew Jackson Downing 1815-1852 (Baltimore, 1996) and The New Urban Landscape: The Redefinition of City Form in Nineteenth-Century America (Baltimore, 1986); co-editor of From Garden City to Green City: The Legacy of Ebenezer Howard (Baltimore, 2002); co-editor of three volumes of The Frederick Law Olmsted Papers, the most recent of which is The Years of Olmsted, Vaux & Company, 1865-1874 (Baltimore, 1992); and author of more than thirty articles in books and professional journals. Schuyler is Associate Editor of the Journal of Planning History, a member of the editorial board of the Hudson River Valley Review and Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, and chair of the editorial board of the Frederick Law Olmsted Papers publication project. He was an editor of the award-winning Creating the North American Landscape series at The Johns Hopkins University Press, has served as chair of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Board, and is a member the National Advisory Committee of Olana, the Frederic E. Church house and grounds, which is a New York State historic site. Schuyler is past president of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History and a trustee of the New York Academy of History. Schuyler is recipient of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for distinguished teaching (1994), the Bradley R. Dewey Award for scholarship at Franklin & Marshall (2003), and the Lawrence C. Gerckens Award of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History for distinguished teaching (2003).
- Source Institution:
- University of Florida
- Holding Location:
- University of Florida
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- All rights reserved by the source institution.
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