Learn more about town planning in the Harmonist communities on November 1st at 6:00 p.m. CT/7:00 p.m. ET.
Michael J. Lewis is a professor of art at Williams College and the architecture critic of the Wall Street Journal. He studied at Haverford College after which he spent two years at the University of Hannover Germany, receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. He has taught at Bryn Mawr College; McGill University, Montreal; and the University of Natal, South Africa. Lewis has a longstanding interest in the architecture of the Harmony Society, dating to 1987 when he was involved in the restoration study of Old Economy Village, which led to his 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship to write his history of utopian town planning, City of Refuge, published in 2016. Other books include Frank Furness: Architecture and the Violent Mind (2001), American Art and Architecture (2006) and the prize-winning Politics of the German Gothic Revival (1993).