Center lectures bring to campus engaging speakers whose topics illuminate Cranbrook's history and enduring legacy.
HISTORY OF AMERICAN ARCHITECTURE: CRANBROOK IN CONTEXT
Join curator Kevin Adkisson for this five-part lecture series surveying the history of American architecture through the lens of Cranbrook’s distinct and impressive architectural history. Each seventy-five minute talk moves between the story of Cranbrook’s creation, the architects who have worked on the campus, and the larger trends and movements impacting Cranbrook—and Cranbrook’s impact on the world.
Where Today Meets Tomorrow: Eero Saarinen and the General Motors Technical Center
Sunday, November 10, 2019 | 3:00pm
Lecture, Conversation, and Book Signing with Author Susan Skarsgard
Lecture Only: $10 for adults and seniors, $5 for students
Book & Lecture: $70 for adults and seniors, $65 for students
Monday Evenings, January 28, 2019 - March 4, 2019 | 6:30pm
Join the Cranbrook for Collections and Research Collections Fellow Kevin Adkisson for this six-week lecture series surveying the history of six building typologies in American architecture. By examining the intersection of design with social, political, and economic forces, this series will introduce ways of seeing and understanding our built environment.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | 7:00pm
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | 7:00pm
Thursday, May 17, 2018 | 7:00pm
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | 7:00pm
This lecture series will feature a presentation of the 2018 Historic Landscape Study of Cranbrook’s Japanese Garden as well as an opportunity to hear from three of the most respected Japanese garden designers working in North America.
The Voices of Cranbrook: History Speaks for Itself
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | 6:30 pm
Join the Center's Head Archivist for an evening of insight, surprise, and laughter. Hear the voices of some of the people who helped shape Cranbrook, especially during the second half of the twentieth century.
"Michigan Modern: An Architectural Legacy" Book Launch and Talk
Saturday, March 10, 2018 | 3:00pm
Celebrate the official book launch of Michigan Modern: An Architectural Legacy at this free lecture and conversation with the author Brian Conway and photographer James Haefner, followed by a reception and book signing.
Monday Evenings, January 29 - March 5, 2018 | 6:30pm
Join the Cranbrook for Collections and Research Collections Fellow Kevin Adkisson in this six-week lecture series on the history of American architecture. Using Cranbrook and Detroit as a microcosm of larger developments in American architecture, this series will introduce ways of seeing and understanding the built environment.
"Ellen Browning Scripps: New Money and American Philanthropy" Book Talk
Sunday, November 12, 2017
In her talk at Cranbrook House, Molly McClain will bring to life an extraordinary woman, Ellen Browning Scripps, who played a vital role in the history of women, California, the American West -- and the story of the Scripps and Booth families in Michigan.
The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter
Inaugural Bauder Lecture
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Best-selling author and journalist David Sax lectured about his book, The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter, which examines the demand for tangible media and handmade objects in the wake of the digital revolution.