LECTURE: BURAK ERDIM (MARH 2004, MARCH 2005) SPONSORED BY THE THOMAS JEFFERSON SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS (TJSAH)

  • Campbell Hall, Room 153 Charlottesville, VA 22904

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THE ACADEMICAL STATE: RETHINKING THE AMERICAN CAMPUS IN THE COLD WAR MIDDLE EAST

Recent studies of the postwar university indicate that the reorganization of, for instance, Harvard University's School of Fine Arts by Joseph Hudnut and Walter Gropius, was part of a broader reconceptualization of the American university and campus during the first half of the twentieth century. This lecture examines the establishment of the Middle East Technical University in Turkey in 1956 as the most ambitious and comprehensive manifestation of the ideas that were changing the university both here and abroad. While James B. Conant and Clark Kerr worked in a rigorous but piecemeal way to transform the American university at home, a group of architects and administrators from the University of Pennsylvania had the opportunity to design the ultimate postwar university from the ground up and interestingly within the political context of the Cold War in the Middle East.