Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts will present a talk by architectural historian Barry Lewis, known for his decade-long series of video walks around New York City on WNET Channel 13, on Monday, March 18. He will share his knowledge of the Big Apple in "New York City: Past+Present/Fact+Fiction" as part of the center's Open Visions Forum lecture series at 8 p.m. at the center, 1073 N. Benson Road.
Lewis specializes in European and American architecture of the 18th to 20th centuries. He teaches at both Cooper Union Forum and the New York School of Interior Design. He has appeared as the on-camera historian and co-host with David Hartman in a series of video "walking tours" of New York produced by PBS Thirteen, which premiered in August 1998. He was the on-camera commentator for Thirteen's "Dutch New York," produced in 2009 to honor the city's Dutch origins, and his tips on Paris sites will be included in the soon-to-be-released "City Secrets: Paris." His observations were included in the original volume of that series, "City Secrets: Rome," published in 2000 and updated in 2011.
Lewis' talk was originally scheduled for Monday, Feb. 11, but was postponed due to the blizzard.
Lewis will be introduced by Paul J. Fitzgerald, professor of religious studies and senior vice president for academic affairs at the university. Following Lewis' presentation, an informal conversation and discussion will take place with Kurt Schlichting, the school's E. Gerald Corrigan chairman of sociology and anthropology, and Philip Eliasoph, professor of art history and the forum's founder and moderator.