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Pitzer to lecture on new book

Pitzer to lecture on new book

3/16/2012 | University Communications
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Dr. Donald Pitzer, professor emeritus of history and founding director of the Center for Communal Studies, will present a public talk on his recent book New Harmony Then and Now (Indiana University Press, 2012) at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in Kleymeyer Hall in the lower level of the USI Liberal Arts Center.

With images by Darryl Jones, New Harmony Then and Now is a photographic and historic celebration of two of America’s great Utopian communities, both of which began at New Harmony, Indiana. One of these, founded by the German Harmonists under George Rapp, was at New Harmony from 1814 to 1824.The more famous community began in 1825 and was the work of the Welsh industrialist Robert Owen, whose earlier mill and village at New Lanark, Scotland was one of the most influential social experiments of the day.

Pitzer is a long-time scholar of New Harmony. His previous works include America's Communal Utopias, New Harmony’s First Utopians, and New Harmony, Indiana: Robert Owen's Seedbed for Utopia.

Following his talk, Pitzer will be available to sign books from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Center for Communal Studies (Liberal Arts Center Room 2009). Light refreshments will be available.

For more information, contact Dr. Casey Harison, professor of history and director of the Center for Communal Studies, at charison@usi.edu or 812/465-7150.

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