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Skyscrapers of New York

Mon 28 September | 20:00 - 21:30

We welcome back Seth Gopin for another great lecture at The Penthouse, The Hague Tower!

The skyscraper is America’s gift to world architecture and New York City is the city of skyscrapers. Some of the most iconic buildings of our time—Flatiron Building, Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, and World Trade Center— are the emblems of this dynamic city. This lecture explores how New York City skyscrapers benefitted from the technological advances of the 19th and 20th centuries, and how the events of 9/11 created new concerns for the shape and security of new skyscrapers.

At Rutgers University, Dr. Gopin was known for his dynamic lectures on the history of art. His interests are diverse, as the intertwining of art, history, and culture fascinate him. Prior to his retirement he held several administrative positions at the university, including Director of Global Studies, and he furthered the course of international education in the United States and Europe.

Along with colleagues at the Rijksmuseum, he curated an exhibition in France on a French painter who lived in Constantinople in the early eighteenth century. He also served the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government-in-Exile as editor of Tibet News, their newsletter for North America. In recent years Dr. Gopin has been a featured lecturer on Cunard ships—Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth. He is particularly interested in the architecture and urban development of New York and Paris. The Prime Minister of France knighted him for his work in popularizing the history of the city of Paris. His book on the rise of the New York City skyscraper will be on sale after the lecture.