Middlebury professor to speak on history of the single-family home

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MANCHESTER — Middlebury College professor Erin Sassin will look at how the idea of the single-family home has changed through America's history in a First Wednesdays lecture next week.

Sassin's talk, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at First Congregational Church, is titled "Reinventing the Family Home." It's part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

In her talk, Sassin will examine how American reformers and homeowners have, in pursuit of "the simple life," attempted to reinvent the form and idea of the single-family home, from farmhouses and communal experiments to the current tiny house phenomenon.

Sassin's teaching examines the intersection and co-dependence of the worlds of fine art, design, and architecture in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, and housing reform and identity politics in architecture in particular. She teaches courses with subject matter as varied as the architecture and urbanism of Berlin, nationalism and identity in Central European architecture, the American home, methods and theories in architectural design, and architectural utopias from St. Augustine to the present.

First Wednesdays lectures in Manchester are presented by the Manchester Community Library. The statewide underwriter for the First Wednesdays 2019-2020 series is the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries. "Reinventing the Family Home" is presented in partnership with Middlebury College and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Manchester Community Library is sponsored by Mystic Cafe and Wine Bar, Spring & Harbor Boutique, and Union Underground.

For more information, contact Manchester Community Library at 802-362-2607 or the Vermont Humanities Council at 802-262-2626, email at info@vermonthumanities.org, or visit vermonthumanities.org.

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