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Francis-Morrone
Francis-Morrone

FOL University, two university professors on two fascinating topics.

A widely respected archaelogist, Denise Gold has excavated numerous sites throught the Biblical and classical world.  Europe’s first great civilization thrived on the island of Crete thousands of years ago. It was rediscovered in 1900 by an Englishman, Sir Arthur Evans, who excavated the city of Knossos. Here he found the great palace of the legendary King Minos, prompting Evan to call this ancient civilization “Minoan.” Ms. Gold’s lecture will provide an overview of this great Bronze Age civilization along with biographical information on Sir Evans. Denise Gold teaches and lectures on biblical and classical archaeology. She is an archaeologist and a Governor of the Archaeological Institute of America.

Francis Morrone, co-author with Henry Hope Reed of The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, published to celebrate the building’s 100th birthday in 2011, will talk about New York’s greatest masterpiece of Beaux-Arts architecture, as well as of the Progressive Era city in which architects, planners, and artists strove to create a new urban order, the “City Beautiful.” Francis Morrone is a writer and historian specializing in the architectural and social history of the 19th and 20th centuries. He is the author of eleven books, including The Architectural Guidebook to New York City (1994) and An Architectural Guidebook to Brooklyn (2001).

Morrone (pictured ) wrote the column “Abroad in New York,” as well as weekly art and architecture criticism, for the New York Sun for six and a half years, and is well-known for his walking tours in New York.He is the recipient of New York University’s coveted Excellence in Teaching Award, and of the Arthur Ross Award of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art.