Monday October 22, 2007

Rollin' on the River

"Eco" pioneers Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison will give a free, public lecture challenging Dayton to rethink the environment.

The New York Times calls Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison "veteran environmental artists" and "masters of community-oriented environmental projects." They soon will turn their attention to the Miami River valley.

As part of a weeklong residency in UD's visual arts department, the Harrisons will give a free, public lecture at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in Sears Recital Hall. Parking is free in single-letter lots after 7:30 p.m.

"We believe that in a well-functioning system, cultural diversity and biodiversity exist in a state of mutual interaction," the Harrisons said. "Underlying our works are respect and concern for the well-being of the planet on which we live and all of its inhabitants; compassion and empathy, as best we can evoke them in ourselves and in others; and awe at the infinite variety of possibilities spread before us."

The Harrisons' residency may develop into a long-term project challenging the Dayton community to rethink the environment. Potential partners may include the Rivers Institute of the Fitz Center, ArtStreet, the University of Dayton School of Engineering and the Miami Valley Conservancy District.

For more information on the University of Dayton Arts Series, contact Eileen Carr at 937-229-2787.