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Symposium celebrates new doctoral program in landscape history

Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The department of landscape architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is marking the establishment of a doctoral program in landscape history and theory with a two-day symposium, Oct. 4-5.

"Landscape and Vision" is the theme of the symposium, which will take place beginning at 9 a.m. Oct. 4 in Temple Buell Hall, 611 E. Lorado Taft Drive, Champaign, Ill.

"This symposium takes the act of seeing as its point of departure, paying particular attention to landscape reception and perception," said organizer Dianne Harris, a professor of landscape architecture at Illinois. "Its scope is broad, geographically and temporally, with topics ranging from antiquity to the present. Each speaker will examine a particular place and time to examine the way habits of perception shaped both the designed landscape and the viewer’s perception of that place."

The keynote speaker will be Martin Jay, the Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of History at the University of California at Berkeley. Jay’s talk will focus on "The Gardening Impulse and the Domination of Nature."

Other featured speakers will include Harris and Illinois landscape architecture professors David Hays, Robert Riley and D. Fairchild Ruggles, as well as Mirka Benes, Harvard; Denis Cosgrove, UCLA; Kathryn Gleason, Cornell; Sandy Isenstadt, Yale; Elizabeth Kryder-Reid, Indiana/Purdue; W.J.T. Mitchell, University of Chicago; and Marc Treib, UC-Berkeley.

The cost to attend the symposium is $30, which includes lunch for both days. Participants must register by Sept. 1. For more information, send e-mail to