April 4, 2017

6:00PM - 7:00PM
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street
  • Nancy Steinhardt

    Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and Professor of East Asian Art

How Chinese Architecture Became Modern, 1927-1977

Penn Lightbulb Cafe

From 1927, when the first group of Chinese architects trained abroad returned home, to 1977, the year Mao Zedong died, Chinese architecture transformed from structures like the Forbidden City to a modern building system inspired by Western architecture. France, the United States, the Soviet Union, Taiwan, and Japan are all part of this story, which takes place during the war-torn 1930s and 1940s, through the Soviet advisors of the 1950s and the Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976. Sun Yat-sen and Mao were central to China’s drive toward modernism in this tumultuous half-century.

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences at the Penn Lightbulb Cafe. It's an evening of engaging, stimulating conversation, with a Q&A session following each talk.

Presented by Penn Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Office of University Communications, Penn Cafe events are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged. For more information or directions, contact Gina Bryan at 215-898-8721 or email at

Menu items are available for purchase. Happy Hour pricing from 4–6 p.m.