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The Athenaeum Literary Award

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 5:30 PM

David Grazian, American Zoo: A Sociological Safari

Trading in his tweed jacket for a zoo uniform and a pair of muddy work boots, Grazian introduces us to zookeepers and animal rights activists, parents and toddlers, and the other human primates that make up the zoo’s social world. He shows that in a major shift away from their unfortunate pasts, American zoos today emphasize naturalistic exhibits teeming with lush and immersive landscapes, breeding programs for endangered animals, and enrichment activities for their captive creatures. In doing so, zoos blur the imaginary boundaries we regularly use to separate culture from nature, humans from animals, and civilization from the wild.

Barbara Miller Lane, Houses for a New World: Builders and Buyers in American Suburbs, 1945–1965

Between 1945 and 1965, more than thirteen million houses—most of them in new ranch and split-level styles—were constructed on large expanses of land outside city centers, providing homes for the country’s rapidly expanding population. Barbara Miller Lane tells the story of the collaborations between builders and buyers, showing how both wanted houses and communities that espoused a modern way of life—informal, democratic, multiethnic, and devoted to improving the lives of their children. The resulting houses differed dramatically from both the European International Style and older forms of American domestic architecture.

Reception and book signing to follow.

Free.  RSVP by calling 215-925-2688 or emailing events@philaathenaeum.org

This event has received generous support from the Charles Wharton Stork Lecture Fund.

 



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