From Architecture to Zippers: World’s Fairs and the Invention(s) of the Modern World

Social Sciences Lecture Nov. 19

Robert Rydell, Michael P. Malone Professor of History and director, MSU Humanities Institute, Montana State University, will discuss “From Architecture to Zippers: World’s Fairs and the Invention(s) of the Modern World,” Tuesday, Nov. 19, 5 p.m., MUB Alumni Lounge.

Beginning with London’s Crystal Palace Exhibition (1851) and continuing into our own time, the Shanghai World Expo (2010), world’s fairs have shaped the modern world. After briefly examining the history (and future) of world’s fairs, Professor Rydell will explore how a series of technological inventions and innovations that debuted at world’s fairs made the world modern. Visited by well over a billion people since 1851 (the Shanghai fair alone attracted 70 million), world’s fairs mapped mental and cultural landscapes and, not incidentally, made progress seem like great fun especially when it came at the expense of “others.”

If you have any questions regarding our events, please contact: Rebecca Graff, rsgraff@mtu.edu

From Tech Today.


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