10/14/04 Meeting; 10/31/04 Wilma Theater

Thursday, October 14- Monthly meeting. Our special guest is Witold Rybczynski, best-selling architectural author and Penn professor (see bio below). Witold will read from a work in progress titled IDENTITY KIT, which deals with his Polish-British-Canadian-American identity. Buffet of Polish foods for $20 at 6 PM, Mr. Rybczynski at 6:30. At the Philo (Catholic Philopatrian Literary Society), 1923 Walnut Street. Call Frank Chmielewski for more information, at 610-668-3263.

Sunday, October 31- Jagiellonians at the Wilma Theater. Jeanne Wrobleski has obtained special seats for us for the 2 PM showing of Night and Day at the Wilma. See We will have a wine and cheese reception afterwards and director Jiri Zizka will speak on Polish theater. Cost is $37 a ticket. Send your check to our treasurer, Bob Swajkos, by October 14. Bob is at Curtin & Heefner, 250 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Morrisville, PA 19067.

Witold Rybczynski

Witold Rybczynski, of Polish parentage, was born in Edinburgh, raised in London, and attended Jesuit schools in England and Canada. He studied architecture at McGill University in Montreal, where he taught between 1974 and 1993. He is currently the Martin and Margy Meyerson Professor in Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania. His architectural experience has included designing and building houses as a registered architect, as well as researching low-cost housing for which he received a 1991 Progressive Architecture award. In 1993, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and in 2002 he received an honorary doctor of science degree from McGill University. In 2004, President George W. Bush appointed him to the Commission of Fine Arts.

Described as "one of our most original, accessible, and stimulating writers on architecture" by Library Journal, Rybczynki has written books on subjects as varied as the evolution of comfort, a history of the weekend, American urbanism, a search for the origins of the screwdriver, and the life of America's greatest landscape architect. Home has been translated into ten languages, and was nominated for a Governor Generalís Literary Prize, while A Clearing in the Distance, a biography of Frederick Law Olmsted, received the J. Anthony Lukas Prize, a Christopher Award, a Philadelphia Athen�um literary award, and was shortlisted for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Nonfiction. His essays appear regularly in the New York Review of Books, The Atlantic, and the op-ed pages of The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He has also written for The New Yorker and Time. His latest book is The Perfect House: A Journey with the Renaissance Master Andrea Palladio. He is currently writing a book on Vizcaya, one of the last of the great American country houses.


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