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Alexandria-native to Give Public Lecture on French Architect Feb. 9

Released: 02/07/2007

LSU Alexandria’s Department of Arts, English and Humanities will sponsor a public lecture given by Alexandria-native, Dr. Robert S. Dupree on Friday, Feb. 9.

At 6:30 p.m. at LSUA Downtown in the Alexandria Museum of Art, Dupree will present “Salt of the Earth: the Visionary Designs of French Architect Claude Nicolas Ledoux.”

Dupree, who received his master’s degree and doctorate from Yale, has taught at universities around the world including Université de Franche-Comté, Akademie fur Philosophie im Furstentum Liechtenstein and National University of Singapore. He is now the director of the University of Dallas library and chair of modern languages.

Ledoux, a French architect, is usually grouped with a trio of "visionary architects" that were active in the last decades of the eighteenth century. The most impressive buildings to his name are those he designed for a salt-extraction works in the Franche-Comté region, which he later expanded into plans for an entire city. These plans anticipate many of the aspects of modern architecture and city planning that emerged only a century or more later. Imprisoned during the French Revolution, he was never able to carry them out, but he published them in a magnificent volume with a long essay.

For more information, contact Dr. Eamon Halpin at 473-6581.