The Boston Public Library is proud to host a panel on the evolution of human nature. The panelists include: Lisa Feldman Barret, Ph.D. University Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Northeastern University Author of, "How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain." Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D. Professor of Biology, John Jay College, the City University of New York Author of, "Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes." Kenneth R. Miller, Ph.D. Professor of Biology,…Find out more »
Writers in greater Boston have long addressed political and politicized issues in their work, including racism, police brutality, immigration, environmental activism, LGBTQ discrimination, US involvement in foreign wars, domestic terror, domestic violence, and mass incarceration. Readings will be interspersed with discussion of how these authors have used writing as a method of resistance, and how their work serves as an example of persistent activism. Presented by Aforementioned Productions. Co-sponsors include PEN America, The Boston Cultural Council, Brookline Booksmith, AGNI, Arrowsmith…Find out more »
Musician, journalist, and Boston native RYAN WALSH will read from and discuss his book ASTRAL WEEKS: A Secret History of 1968 (Penguin Press), a mind-expanding dive into a lost chapter of 1968, featuring the famous and forgotten: Van Morrison, folkie-turned-cult-leader Mel Lyman, Timothy Leary, James Brown, and many more. Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks is an iconic rock album shrouded in legend, a masterpiece that has touched generations of listeners and influenced everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Martin Scorsese. Walsh unearths…Find out more »
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.