The architectural response to the concept of community has always been much broader than shelter. But, as we’ve learned to live with each other lately in new ways at the intersection of political upheaval and a post-pandemic malaise, can architecture adequately respond? This is a talk about “intentional communities” and why the choices we make in living together can enrich the values of the communities we choose. Via Zoom, registration required.

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A young watchman at Providence’s Prison made a resolution to keep a daily diary in 1867. He recorded his work with the men and women incarcerated there; but, unlike today, the watchmen lived in the prison as well. What can we learn about Rhode Island history from his words? Dr. Grefe will explore the ways records and documents can illuminate how working-class Providence looked and felt in the 19th century.