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Sanctified Landscape: Author and Expert to Speak on Hudson River's Formative Role in 19th-century America  

POUGHKEEPSIE (October 12, 2014) - The Inaugural Handel-Krom Lecture in Hudson River Valley History will feature Dr. David Schuyler, Arthur and Katherine  Shadek Professor of the Humanities and American Studies at Franklin & Marshall College, speaking on "Sanctified Landscape: Thinking and Writing about the Hudson River Valley, 1820-1909."
Dr. David Schuyler

The lecture, presented by the Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College (HRVI) at Marist College, will take place Thursday, October 25, at 7 p.m. in the Nelly Goletti Theatre in the Student Center. It is free and open to the public.

"HRVI is delighted to inaugurate the annual Handel-Krom Lecture Series with a renowned authority on the Hudson River Valley's role in the creation of a distinct American identity and aesthetic," said institute Director Dr. James M. Johnson. " As Dr. Schuyler reviews some of our region's greatest thinkers, we expect that everyone will learn something new about the role that poets, authors, and artists like Thomas Cole and N.P. Willis played in creating a national appreciation for the beautiful landscape that we call home."

Dr. Schuyler will discuss his most recent book, "Sanctified Landscape: Writers, Artists, and the Hudson River Valley," 1820-1909 (Cornell University Press, 2012), which explores the formative role the Hudson River played in settling the 19th-century national debate on aesthetics, culture, the environment, and even the United States' search for a national identity.

The Handel-Krom Lecture in Hudson River Valley History was established through the generosity of community leaders Bernard and Shirley Handel and LTC Gilbert A. Krom, U.S. Army, Ret., to promote knowledge of and appreciation for the rich history of this unique and important region.


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