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"Traditional Urbanism" Lecture with ISI's Philip Bess, March 2

February 29th, 2012

CONTACT:  David Halbrook
Patrick Henry College
(540) 441-8722

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NOTE: This lecture was originally set for 7:00 p.m., but it has been pushed back to 7:30.

Professor Philip Bess

This Friday at 7:30 p.m., Professor Philip Bess comes to Patrick Henry College to present a compelling vision for architecture in a public lecture, "Traditional Urbanism and Human Flourishing." PHC will webcast the lecture live. Tune in to our webcast page at 7:30 p.m. ET to watch along with the campus community.

Cities are properly understood as cooperative human artifacts made over time, and the primary purpose of a good city is to promote human flourishing: the well-being of its human inhabitants over the course of their entire lives and from generation to generation. This purpose is necessarily linked to economic exchange and environmental sustainability, but also to cultural sustainability accomplished by virtuous individual and communal life animated by remembrance, hope, and character, ideals embodied in durable and beautiful urban spatial and building forms.

Philip Bess is Director of Graduate Studies and Professor of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Inland Architecture: Subterranean Essays on Moral Order and Formal Order in Chicago and Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architecture, Urbanism, and the Sacred.

The lecture will take place on Friday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m., at the Coffee House in Patrick Henry College's Barbara Hodel Center.


On Saturday, March 3, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Professor Bess will lead a discussion-based student seminar featuring selections from his book Till We Have Built Jerusalem. Spaces are still open, and students from other colleges are encouraged to participate.

This free lecture and seminar are hosted by the Alexis de Tocqueville Society at Patrick Henry College and co-sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. For information about either event, please contact Sydney Thomas at snthomas@students.phc.edu.

ISI and the Alexis de Tocqueville Society look forward to welcoming you this weekend!

Tune in to our webcast page at 7:30 p.m. ET to watch along with the campus community.