DMA Arts & Letters Live: Annalee Newitz
DMA Arts & Letters Live presents Annalee Newitz, who will talk about her new book, Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age.
The acclaimed science journalist takes readers on an entertaining and mind-bending adventure into the deep history of urban life. Investigating across the centuries and around the world, Newitz explores the rise and fall of four ancient cities, each the center of a sophisticated civilization: the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Central Turkey, the Roman vacation town of Pompeii on Italy’s southern coast, the medieval megacity of Angkor in Cambodia, and the indigenous metropolis Cahokia, which stood beside the Mississippi River where East St. Louis is today.
Through cutting-edge archaeological research, Newitz reveals the mix of environmental changes and political turmoil that doomed these ancient settlements and introduces us to the often anonymous workers - enslaved people, women, immigrants, and manual laborers - who built these cities and created monuments that lasted millennia. This journey into the forgotten past may also reveal something of our own fate.