The Michael J. Colligan History Project will continue its 2011-2012 series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in Parrish Auditorium, with the 2012 John E. Dolibois History Prize Presentation & Lecture featuring William Cronon. His topic will be "Values on the Land: City & Country in the History of the American Landscape."
Cronon is the Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and president of the American Historical Association.
A distinguished environmental historian, he will use his hometown of Madison as a case study illustrating strategies for “reading the landscape” of cities and their surrounding countryside to discover evidence of past human activities that have shaped the world we now inhabit. A reception and book signing will follow.
For the next year and a half, the Colligan History Project will offer programs exploring how the distinctive history of Hamilton and the Miami Valley is a key feature of community identity that plays a part in defining the future. Cronon’s lecture will be followed this spring by others on the history of urban development and architecture.
On March 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wilks Conference Center, Michael P. Dingeldein, vice president of architecture, SHP Leading Design, will speak on the importance of a sense of place to our future in a presentation on "Civic Art: The Legacy & Future of the Built Environment in Hamilton, Ohio."
On Tuesday, April 10, Peter W. Williams, Distinguished Professor of Comparative Religion at Miami University, will speak in the Wilks Center on "Hamilton’s Religious Communities & Historic Houses of God."
These illustrated lectures are free and open to the public. The Michael J. Colligan History Project is an undertaking of the Colligan Fund Committee of the Hamilton Community Foundation and Miami University Hamilton, made possible by the bequest of Michael J. Colligan.