Photograph of Independent Scholar Joseph Disponzio, Ph.D.Joseph Disponzio, Ph.D. is a noted independent scholar and educator who specializes in landscape history. During his long career he has held positions in both academia and government, including Preservation Landscape Architect for the NYC Department Parks and Recreation, and teaching positions at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the University of Georgia and Columbia University. He has published widely on landscape history from the 18th century to the present. He holds an M.L.A. from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

  • 8:45A | Becoming Olmsted: The Intellectual, Cultural and Social Development of Frederick Law Olmsted

    When Frederick Law Olmsted was appointed at age 33 to the position of Superintendent for New York’s new Central Park, his resume was quite thin. Until then, he had lived a peripatetic life, not having held any professional position. His vocation was ostensibly farming, but he could not sustain a living from it. His avocation was writing which brought him critical success but little financial reward. Indeed, he had lived largely with the financial support of his father. His appointment to Central Park in 1857 changed all that. The phenomenal success he went on to enjoy as a landscape architect will be the focus of this talk. It will center around Olmsted’s intellectual, cultural and social development during his early life and especially, through his residence on New York’s Staten Island.

 

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