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.”


Previous lectures in this series:

2021-22: Renée Ater, Brown University, “From Slave Cabin to Monument to the Slave Past”


2020-21: COVID-19 all programs were canceled.


2019-20: Patricia Miller, Preservation Society of Newport County, “Preserving the Gilded Age: The Care and Conservation of Newport’s Architectural Heritage”


2018-19: Paul Discoe, O2 Artisans Aggregate, “Form and Emptiness in the Design Process”

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

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”