Colby College professor Benjamin D. Lisle will read and discuss his book “Modern Coliseum: Stadiums and American Culture” Friday, July 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Barn of Barnswallow Books, 166 Russell Ave. (across from the original public library).

In “Modern Coliseum,” Lisle tracks changes in stadium design and culture since World War II. These engineered marvels channeled postwar national ambitions, while replacing aging ballparks typically embedded in dense urban settings. They were stadiums designed for the “affluent society” — brightly colored, technologically expressive and geared to the car-driving, consumerist suburbanite. The modern stadium thus redefined one of the city’s more rambunctious and diverse public spaces.

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