Monday, October 25, 2021 - 7:00pm
Monday, October 25th, 7pm CST
St. Louis County Library, HEC Media, and Left Bank Books present Ben Wilson, "Metropolis: A History of the City, Humankind’s Greatest Invention."
In conversation with Robert M. Lewis, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning & Development - Saint Louis University.
During the two hundred millennia of humanity’s existence, nothing has shaped us more profoundly than the city. From their very beginnings, cities created a flourishing of human endeavor—new professions, new forms of art, worship and trade. Guiding us through the centuries, historian Ben Wilson reveals the innovations nurtured by the energy of urban living: civics in the agora of Athens, global trade in ninth-century Baghdad, finance in the coffeehouses of London. In the modern age, the skyscrapers of New York City inspired utopian visions of community design, while the trees of twenty-first-century Seattle and Shanghai point to a sustainable future in the age of climate change. Rich with engrossing detail, “Metropolis” is a brilliant demonstration that the story of human civilization is the story of cities.
Books available from Left Bank Books. Curbside pick-up, in-store pick-up, and shipping available.