The Clara M. Southworth lecture series, endowed in 1969 by the interior designer from Portland, Maine, is meant to “bring annually to the campus a distinguished lecturer or lecturers to speak on a subject in the broad field of environmental design with emphasis on understanding some of the underlying philosophies of design which relate to the way in which men live.” This year’s expanded format for the lecture series ties into Colby’s 2015-16 Annual Humanities Theme, Human/Nature, which aims to “reflect upon nature, the built environment, and the ways in which our relationship to the natural world has shaped human existence.”

Upcoming lecture:

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 5pm, Olin 1: “Lock-in: Design Parameters for a Carbon Neutral Future”, with speakers Timothy Lock and Riley Pratt, in collaboration with students in Colby’s Architectural Design Workshop (AR/ES218).


Previous lectures in this series:

2015: “The Culture of Nature: Garden Design, East and West” symposium, with speakers James L. Westcoat, Jr., Alison Hardie, Eric Haskell, and Anna Marley.

2015: Daniel Harkett, Associate Professor, Department of Art History and Visual Culture, Rhode Island School of Design, “François Gérard and the Art of the Interior”

2014: Lee Glazer, Associate Curator of American Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, “Heirloom of the Artist: Rethinking Whistler’s Peacock Room”

2012: Nicolai Ourossoff

2012: Charles Renfro

2010: Yoshihiro Takishita

2010: Deborah Berke

2007: Adam Kalkin

2006: Peter Bohlin

2003: Terence Riley

2003: Will Bruder

2002: Edward Maeder

2001: Michael Sorkin