WBEZ | The Newberry http://www.wbez.org/tags/newberry Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en City Water, City Life: Water and the Infrastructure of Ideas in Urbanizing Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/city-water-city-life-water-and-infrastructure-ideas-urbanizing-philadelphia <p><p>A city is more than a massing of citizens, a layout of buildings and streets, or an arrangement of institutions. It is also an infrastructure of ideas, an embodiment of the beliefs, values, and aspirations of the people who created it. In <em>City Water, City Life</em>, historian <strong>Carl Smith</strong> explores this infrastructure of ideas through an examination of the development of the first successful waterworks systems in Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago between the 1790s and the 1860s.</p><div>Through an analysis of a broad range of sources,<strong> </strong>Dr. Smith shows how the discussion, design, and use of waterworks reveal how Americans framed their conceptions of urban democracy and how they understood the natural and the built environment, individual health and the well-being of society, and the qualities of time and history.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>City Water, City Life</em> is more than a history of urbanization. It is also a meditation on water as a necessity, as a resource for commerce and industry, and as an essential&mdash;and central&mdash;part of how we define our civilization.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Carl Smith is the Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English and American Studies and professor of history at Northwestern University. His books include three prize-winning volumes: <em>Chicago and the American Literary Imagination</em>,<em> 1880-1920</em>; <em>Urban Disorder and the Shape of Belief: The Great Chicago Fire</em>,<em> the Haymarket Bomb, and the Model Town of Pullman</em>; and <em>The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City</em>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/TNL-webstory_4.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />Recorded live Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at The Newberry Library.&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 15 May 2013 10:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/city-water-city-life-water-and-infrastructure-ideas-urbanizing-philadelphia The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/color-christ-son-god-and-saga-race-america-105640 <p><p>How is it that in America the image of Jesus Christ has been used both to justify the atrocities of white supremacy and to inspire the righteousness of civil rights crusades? In <em>The Color of Christ</em>, <strong>Edward J. Blum</strong> and <strong>Paul Harvey</strong> weave a tapestry of American dreams and visions&ndash;from witch hunts to web pages, Harlem to Hollywood, slave cabins to South Park, Mormon revelations to Indian reservations&ndash;to show how Americans remade Jesus visually time and again into a sacred symbol of their greatest aspirations, deepest terrors, and mightiest strivings for racial power and justice.</p><p><br /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F80119043" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><em>The Color of Christ</em> uncovers how, in a country founded by Puritans who destroyed depictions of Jesus, Americans came to believe in the whiteness of Christ. Some envisioned a white Christ who would sanctify the exploitation of Native Americans and African Americans and bless imperial expansion. Many others gazed at a messiah, not necessarily white, who was willing and able to confront white supremacy. The color of Christ still symbolizes America&rsquo;s most combustible divisions, revealing the power and malleability of race and religion from colonial times to the presidency of Barack Obama.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/TNL-webstory_1.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at The Newberry Library.</p></p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/color-christ-son-god-and-saga-race-america-105640