Dianne Harris

We are pleased to announce Dr. Dianne Harris will be the Keynote Speaker at HERU 2019 Conference.

Dr. Dianne Harris is a senior program officer at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation where she focuses on Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities.  From 2015–2017, she served as dean of the College of Humanities and as professor of history at the University of Utah.  She holds a PhD in architectural history from the University of California, Berkeley.

Her scholarship, which has a broad temporal and geographic reach spanning from 18th-century Lombardy to the postwar United States, is united by a constant interest in the relationship between the built environment and the construction of racial and class identities.  She is particularly well-known for her scholarly contributions to the study of "race and space."  In addition to her numerous scholarly articles, her award-winning publications include the co-edited volumes Villas and Gardens in Early Modern Italy and France (2001), and Sites Unseen:  Landscape and Vision (2007).  She is editor of Second Suburb:  Levittown, Pennsylvania (2010), and she is the author of three monographs:  The Nature of Authority: Villa Culture, Landscape, and Representation in Eighteenth-Century Lombardy (2003); Maybeck’s Landscapes: Drawing in Nature (2005); and Little White Houses: How the Postwar Home Constructed Race in America (2013).

Dr. Harris is a past-president for the Society of Architectural Historians, and she is editor for the University of Pittsburgh Press's "Culture, Politics, and the Built Environment" series.  She has served on the boards of the Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University, the National Humanities Alliance, and the Utah Humanities Council.  In October, 2016, Ms. Harris was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Council on the Humanities.


Welcome Speaker

Dr. Martha Bradley-Evans is a professor in the College of Architecture + Planning who teaches history and theory classes.  Between 2002 and 2011, Dr. Bradley served as the Dean of the Honors College and in July 2011 became the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Undergraduate Studies.   An award winning teacher, Bradley is the recipient of the University of Utah Distinguished Teaching Award, the University Professorship, the Student Choice Excellence in Teaching Award, the Bennion Center Service Learning Professorship, the Park Fellowship and the Borchard Fellowship.  In 2008, she received the Honorary AIA Award from AIA Utah, the Outstanding Achievement Award from the YWCA in 2013 and was made a Fellow of the Utah State Historical Society in 2013.  She has served as the vice chair of the Utah State Board of History and Chair of the Utah Heritage Foundation and is on the Board of Trustees of Envision Utah.

Her books include:  Kidnapped from that Land:  The Government Raids on the Short Creek Polygamists; The Four Zinas:  Mothers and Daughters on the Frontier;  Pedestals and Podiums:  Utah Women, Religious Authority and Equal Rights;   and Glorious in Persecution:  Joseph Smith, American Prophet, 1839-1844.


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