Neel Reid Memorial Lecture
When the Garden Club of America Came to Town: Atlanta 1932
Spencer Tunnell, Landscape Architect
Friday, September 7th, 2018
Spencer Tunnell, a principal in the Atlanta landscape architecture firm of Tunnell and Tunnell, will give this year’s annual Neel Reid lecture at the College of Environment and Design. The lecture will be in the Jackson Street Building, lecture hall 123, at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 7th. The title of the lecture will be "When the Garden Club of America Comes to Town: Atlanta 1932," an examination of the cultural implications of the visit to the city during the Great Depression. The lecture is supported by the Peachtree Garden Club and the UGA College of Environment and Design.
Tunnell is a highly regarded landscape architect of historic sites and estates. He holds degrees from the University of Virginia where he studied Landscape Architecture and Architecture History. He is past chair of the Atlanta Urban Design Commission and serves on the city’s Board of Easements. Among his most well-known works is the Boxwood Garden at the historic Swan House in Buckhead. With his late wife Lisa Martin, he developed a Master Plan for the Atlanta Botanical Garden from 1998-2002, and since 1998 has worked on the implementation of the Olmsted Linear Park in Druid Hills, Atlanta, which was awarded the Marguerite Williams Award, the top award from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. He is working currently on the restoration of the Philip Schutze “Goodrum House” landscape.
Tunnell has taught at UGA’s College of Environment and Design and Georgia State University. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jennifer Messer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706-542-4727.
Who Owns the Past? Competing Claims for Antiquities from the Holy Land
Dr. Morag Kersel
Wednesday, October 24th, 2018
The UGA College of Environment and Design will host a lecture by Morag Kersel, sponsored by the college and the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), on Wednesday, October 24th at 5:30 p.m. in room 125 of the Jackson Street Building at 285 S. Jackson St. Kersel is a professor at DePaul University and is a graduate of the Master of Historic Preservation program here at the College of Environment and Design.
As artifacts travel from the mound to the marketplace, recent research has shown that there are varied buyers with competing claims in the legal antiquities trade. In Israel it is legal to buy and sell artifacts from legally sanctioned dealers, if the collections pre-date the 1978 national ownership law—however, not all aspects of this trade are legal and some items for sale may or may not have a complete or pristine ownership history. Critical to understanding this antiquities market and the individuals involved is the recognition of a common desire – everyone wants to own a piece of the Holy Land (modern Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories). In her lecture "Who Owns the Past? Competing Claims for Antiquities from the Holy Land", Dr. Morag Kersel will discuss how over 15 years of research have provided insights on why there is demand for material from the Holy Land and what motivates collectors, both individual and institutional. This interdisciplinary investigation examines the relationship between the demand for Holy Land artifacts and the competing claims to owning the past.
Dr. Kersel is with the Department of Anthropology at DePaul University, and holds her degrees from Cambridge University (Ph.D.), the University of Georgia (M.H.P.), the University of Toronto (M.A.) and Queen’s University (B.A.H.). Her areas of specialization are Eastern Mediterranean and Levantine Prehistory, cultural heritage protection and policy (trade in antiquities, museum practice, and archaeological ethics), and archaeological field school teaching methods. She is co-director of both the Following the Pots Project in Jordan and the Galilee Prehistory Project in Israel. Dr. Kersel is an AIA Joukowsky Lecturer for 2018/2019.
Dr. Kersel will be giving a Joukowsky Lecture, named for Martha Sharp Joukowsky, past President of the Archaeological Institute of America and Professor of Old World Archaeology at Brown University. The Joukowsky Lectureship is part of the AIA’s National Lecture Program. The lecture is free and open to the public.
For more information about lectures at the College of Environment and Design, go to ced.uga.edu.
Rado/UGAF Professorship talk
Geodesign to Tame Wicked Problems
Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
The challenges of designing within the coupled natural-human systems of contemporary cities and landscapes to respond to climate change, the risk of natural disasters and equal access to healthy environments are often termed “wicked” problems—where many interacting systems are in play, the outcomes uncertain, and the implications ambiguous. Geodesign addresses such problems well but many participants are ill-prepared to participate; planners, scientists, policy-makers and citizens are unfamiliar with each others' core principles, values, methods and metrics for success. This talk proposes geo-inspired story-telling, game-playing and exploration as starting points toward co-discovery of solutions.
Past Lectures available to stream