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.”


2018: Timothy Lock and Riley Pratt, GO-Logic, “Lock-in: Design Parameters for a Carbon Neutral Future”

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, Rhode Island School of Design, “François Gérard and the Art of the Interior”

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

2012: Nicolai Ourossoff, Former Chief Architecture Critic, New York Times, “What Can Architecture Do?”

2012: Charles Renfro, Partner at Diller Scofidio & Renfro, “Super-Natural”

2010: Yoshihiro Takishita, “Minka, Traditional Japanese Farmhouse”

2010: Deborah Berke, Architect, “Here and Now”

2007: Adam Kalkin, Architect, “Architecture, Fiction, Storytelling and Memory”

2006: Peter Bohlin, Founding Partner of Bohlin-Cywinski-Jackson, “The Nature of Circumstance”

2003: Terence Riley, Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, MoMA, “Architecture and the Media: Changing Relationships”

2003: Will Bruder, Architect, “Reflections on the Journey”

2002: Edward Maeder, Curator of Textiles and Chair of the Curatorial Department at Historic Deerfield, “A Personal Environment: Men’s Fashion 1760-1860”

2001: Michael Sorkin, Urban Designer, “The City After Now”