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Free and Open to the Public

John D. Spreckels Center 619-522-7343

Dates & Times:
Feb. 22, 2021, 8:22 a.m. to Feb. 28, 2021, midnight
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Inventing Color - UCSD Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Presented by John D. Spreckels Center - UCSD Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Feb. 22, 2021, 8:22 a.m. to Feb. 28, 2021, midnight

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This week's Osher lecture is brought to you by the City's continued partnership with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

The lecture will be available through Sunday, February 28th.

Inventing Color

Synopsis: Color is a remarkably modern invention or at least color as we know it. In a world before trains, reliable road networks, or automobiles, most people lived local and rural lives. Color was seasonal and bound by natural light and the environment. Pigments were often extraordinarily expensive. Everything changed in the nineteenth century, thanks to changes in chemistry, industry, and consumerism. New color technologies revolutionized the way that people saw the world. To many, this new world seemed dangerous, and thousands of naturalists, manufacturers, and educators tried to give boundaries to color through standardization systems. Our understanding of color today bears the legacies of that standardizing impulse.

Presenter: Carolyn Purnell is a history instructor, writer, and lover of all things colorful and offbeat. She is the author of The Sensational Past: How the Enlightenment Changed the Way We Use Our Senses, and the forthcoming Inventing Color. She earned her BA from Pomona College and PhD in history from the University of Chicago. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Huntington Library among others and has written for the Wall Street Journal and The Atlantic.