Lecture Explores How the Design of Cold Storage Influenced the Economy and Politics of Food

The second presentation in the Creative Economy Lecture Series will feature scholars Susanne Freiberg and Michael Osman

How did the architecture of cold storage influence world economies, mass consumption and the environment? The second presentation in the Creative Economy Lecture Series will feature scholars Susanne Freiberg and Michael Osman. They explore how the invention of cold storage, originating in nineteenth-century American Industrial cities, has had a profound influence on the production, culture, and politics of food. 

Lecture details: 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 
5:00 p.m. 

Star Store Campus 
715 Purchase St. 
New Bedford, Mass. 

The lecture is free and open to the public. 

Michael Osman's lecture Cold Storage in New England and Beyond, 1890-1920 will provide an analysis of the late 19th century cooling technology and cold storage warehouse design. He intends to relate the preservation of food to the regulation of the national economy all while emphasizing the changing role that architects held in the development of the cold storage system. Susane Freiberg's lecture, Heartland of Cold: A Regional History of Far-flung Freshness is an examination of the arrival of cold storage in the late 19th century and how it transformed New England's landscape of fresh food supplies and beyond. 

Susane Freiberg is a Professor of Geography at Dartmouth College, and the author of 'Fresh: A Perishable History' (Harvard 2009) and 'French Beans and Food Scares: Culture and Commerce in an Anxious Age' (Oxford, 2004). 

A graduate of MIT's School of Architecture, Michael Osman is Assistant Professor of the history and theory of modern architecture at UCLA. He has received a numerous grants and fellowships including the University of California Humanities Research Fellowship (2011), a National Science Foundation Doctoral Research Grant (2006) and a Fulbright Fellowship (2002). 

This talk is the second in a series of six titled "Urban Renewal and Creative Economy in Massachusetts Gateway Cities and Beyond" that explores the role of the creative sector, architectural preservation and urban design in revitalizing postindustrial cities. The lecture series is made possible through the 2012 University of Massachusetts President's Creative Economy Initiatives Fund, granted to UMass Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts faculty members Thomas Stubblefield and Pamela Karimi. The free monthly talks will continue throughout May 2013 at various downtown New Bedford and UMass Dartmouth locations. 




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