Author Ulysses Grant Dietz Gives Talk at FDU

MADIONS, NJ (February 26, 2013)—Author and great-great-grandson of Ulysees S. Grant, Ulysses Grant Dietz will discuss his book, “Beauty, Money and Power: Transformation of Taste in America’s Gilded Age,” at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham on Sunday, March 17 at 3 p.m. in Hartman Lounge, Hennessy Hall.

Deitz’s lecture will focus on the emergence of mansions in the United States during the fifty-year period following the Civil War as houses that were bigger, richer and more opulent than anything previously seen in America. 

Dietz is chief curator and curator of decorative arts at the Newark Museum in New Jersey. His specialty is in American material culture and decorative arts. Dietz has served as curator of decorative arts since 1980 and senior curator since 2007. During his time at the museum, he has curated over 100 exhibitions covering all aspects of the decorative arts, from colonial to contemporary. He received his BA in French from Yale University and his MA in early American culture from the University of Delaware. 

Copies of Deitz’s book will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

The entrance fee of $15 is payable at the door. This lecture is hosted by the Friends of Florham and all proceeds from the event will go toward the restoration of the College at Florham’s main building and gardens. For registration and more information regarding this event please contact Susan McConville at 201-692-7008, or email mcconvil@fdu.edu. Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham is located at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, N.J.

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