OLLI at MSU Reception
Wednesday, January 6, 4:00-6:00 p.m. online via Webex
OLLI at MSU will host its annual spring reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, via WebEx featuring keynote speaker Robert W. Rydell, a professor of history and director of the American studies program at MSU.
The reception is free and open to the public, but you must register in advance. An OLLI at MSU membership is not required.
Registration opens on Monday, December 28.
Upon registration confirmation, participants will receive an email with the Webex link and instructions to join the reception.
Rydell’s keynote, “I Have Seen the Future: Reflections on World's Fairs and their Imprint on the Modern World,” will be followed by brief presentations, a Q&A session with winter/spring semester instructors and highlights of the upcoming side trip speaker series.
Keynote: Robert W. Rydell, “I Have Seen the Future: Reflections on World's Fairs and their Imprint on the Modern World”
Since the first world's fair in 1851, these spectacles of modernity have attracted well over a billion visitors. In his keynote address, Rydell will discuss the history of world's fairs, focusing on American exhibitions and examine some of the reasons why world's fairs have recently fallen out of favor in the U.S. but may be on the cusp of making a comeback.
About Robert W Rydell
Robert W. Rydell is one of the leading authorities on the history of international exhibitions (sometimes called world expos or world’s fairs). He is the author of multiple books and essays about the subject. Rydell has served as guest curator for “Designing Tomorrow,” an exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. about world’s fairs and the history of modern design. He has held the John Adams Chair in American Studies at the University of Amsterdam, served as a fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, and been involved with multiple documentary film and museum-based projects about the significance of universal expositions. He is also the author, with Rob Kroes, of “Buffalo Bill in Bologna” (Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2005). He is the recipient of the Mary C. Turpie Prize from the American Studies Association and of a Humanities Heroes Award from Humanities Montana for his work promoting the humanities in Montana.