Half Day University

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY 1/2 DAY UNIVERSITY: Denise Gold, a widely respected archaeologist,  will discuss Europe’s first great civilization, which 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. Ms. Gold will provide an overview of this Bronze Age civilization along with biographical information on Evans. 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 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.” 1:30 p.m.