18607 Bothell Way NE / Bothell, WA, 98011
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Pub Night Talks
Anderson School - Haynes' Hall
6 pm doors, 7 pm program
All ages welcome
6 pm doors, 7 pm programFreeAll ages welcome
Law Olmsted, his two sons and the Olmsted Bros. landscape architecture firm
left a huge imprint across all of America, in both urban and rural settings.
This combination film screening and public lecture will detail that legacy, in
words and images. Portland based public historian and writer/producer Laurence
Cotton originated and served as Consulting Producer of the 2014 PBS special “Frederick
Law Olmsted: Designing America.” The film is a full biographic treatment of
Olmsted’s life and career. It will present the case that Olmsted’s role in late
19th Century America extends well beyond his storied public
parks…and it details the stories behind the creation of several of those key
a brief intro setting the context, the program includes the full film.
Following the screening, Mr. Cotton will deliver a lecture that extends and
amplifies upon the content of the film, and further highlights the Olmsted
landscape legacy across North America, with special reference to John Charles
Olmsted legacy across the Pacific Northwest, including Portland, Seattle and
Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America is
a co-production of WNED-TV, Buffalo/Toronto and Florentine Films/Hott Productions
2014 saw the nationwide PBS premiere of a long awaited film project, Frederick
Law Olmsted: Designing America. Writer, historian and filmmaker, Laurence
originated the Olmsted film, and served as principal researcher and as
Consulting Producer. Directed by his colleague, Lawrence Hott of Florentine
Films/Hott Productions, the film premiered before public audiences in the key
Olmsted cities of Boston, Buffalo and New York City during the spring of 2014.
A prior film project, C.E.S. Wood, which Laurence Cotton co-produced
with John De Graaf for the Oregon Experience series on Oregon Public
Broadcasting, has received numerous broadcasts and remains a popular program,
detailing the story of the friendship between the colorful personality C.E.S.
Wood—who began his career as a U.S. Army officer engaged in the Indian Wars.
After participating in the Nez Perce War, Wood became the leading advocate for
the cause of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce and an outspoken critic of
violence. Subsequently, Wood became a leading progressive voice in early 20th
Cent. Portland, Oregon.
in the eastern suburbs of Boston, Mr. Cotton began his career in the arenas of
conflict resolution, international affairs and international humanitarian
assistance, serving on the staff of Oxfam America, headquartered in Boston, and
with several Harvard University-affiliated foreign policy research institutes.
He made a foray into state government, serving as chief of staff for a
prominent state senator in the Massachusetts legislature. Laurence also worked
in the arena of public radio, as an independent producer, and as executive
producer and host of the nationally syndicated show Cambridge Forum.
Laurence relocated to Oregon in 1994 to serve as Executive Director of the
World Affairs Council of Oregon. Mr. Cotton served on committees that planned
legacy projects for the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial, played a role launching
the restoration efforts for Vista House and served as a consultant to the
Confluence Project, a series of environmentally and culturally sensitive
landscape installations along the Columbia and Snake Rivers designed by Maya
Lin. Laurence Cotton currently serves as historian on board small ship cruise
vessels that ply the rivers and coastlines of N. America. His specialty is
serving as lead historian on the American Empress, the largest sternwheeler
west of the Mississippi, offering a week-long lecture series focused on the
geology, natural history and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest, with a
focus on the heritage of the Columbia and Snake Rivers.
Cotton has served on multiple nonprofit boards of directors, including several
years as Board President of Columbia Riverkeeper. Most recently, he served as
Trustee of the Oregon State Parks Foundation, ending his term of office in
2016. Laurence Cotton studied cultural anthropology, visual arts--focusing on
film and still photography--and environmental science at Hampshire College, in
Amherst, Massachusetts. Early in his academic career, Mr. Cotton also served as
Teaching Fellow in the Department of Government at Harvard University, teaching
introductory courses in international relations.
likes to joke that he and Ken Burns were classmates at Hampshire College, and
they made an early film together their sophomore year. The difference being
that Laurence majored in cultural anthropology and minored in film, whereas Ken
majored in film and as they say, the rest is history….
The University of Washington Bothell and
McMenamins co-sponsor this speaker series in which university faculty and other notables from
the community share their expertise through
entertaining and informal talks. Learn about interesting topics and issues of
the day while enjoying the hospitality of Anderson School’s Haynes’ Hall. It's
like being back in the classroom -- except this time you get to settle into
comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and
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