Professor Miriam Levin to lead two-part talk March 29 on book “Urban Modernity”

Miriam Levin, professor of history, art history and art, will present a two-part talk on “Urban Modernity: Writing the Book and Rethinking Paris, London, Berlin, Chicago & Tokyo.” During the session, she will discuss writing the book Urban Modernity: Cultural Innovation in the Second Industrial Revolution, as well as explore how five independent historians worked out an efficient plan for collaboration and how they connected expositions, urban rebuilding and museums into a new understanding of modernity’s history with some support from the Kelvin Smith Library and the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, among others.

The book Urban Modernity examines the construction of an urban-centered, industrial-based culture toward the close of the 19th century and how the efforts of urban elites contributed to a steady continuum of scientific and technical progress through connections they developed among urban planning projects, museums, educational institutions and expositions in Paris, London, Chicago, Berlin and Tokyo from 1870 to 1930.

Levin’s talk will be held March 29 at 4 p.m. in Kelvin Smith Library’s Dampeer Room.

RSVP online at or call Library Administration at 368.2992.