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Asian-American Literature Today: Kundiman Spotlight
Poets Janine Joseph and Aimee Nezhukumatathil read and discuss their work with Kundiman Advisory Board Co-Chair Jennifer Chang.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo
One of the masters of short fiction, MacArthur Fellow George Saunders comes to CHF to discuss his long-awaited first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. Narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices, this book reimagines the death of Abraham Lincoln's eleven-year-old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War. Inspiring in its ambition and formal innovation, it may be Saunders' most original and moving book yet. DePaul University Humanities Director Peter Steeves joins Saunders in conversation.
Colum McCann on Letters to a Young Writer at the 2017 AWP Book Fair
PBS NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Brown interviews Colum McCann about his novels, "Letters to a Young Writer" and "Thirteen Ways of Looking: A Novella and Three Stories" at the 2017 AWP Book Fair.
After Words: Melissa Fleming, "A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea"
Melissa Fleming, chief spokesperson for the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, discusses her book, "A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea", which recounts the journey of a young woman, Doaa Al Zamel, from Syria to Europe. Here's a portion of her conversation with Dr. Michel Gabaudan, President of Refugees International.
Susan Jacoby: 2016 National Book Festival
Susan Jacoby discusses "Strange Gods: A Secular History of Conversion" with Tom Gjelten from NPR at the 2016 Library of Congress Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Celebration of E.L. Doctorow with Ta-Nehisi Coates and Jennifer Egan
Friends and fellow writers pay tribute to E. L. Doctorow upon posthumous publication of his Collected Stories. "His prose tends to create its own landscape," wrote Don DeLillo. "His sensitivity to language is perfectly balanced and complemented by a gigantic vision," wrote Jennifer Egan. "He did not so much write fiction about history as he seemed to occupy history itself," wrote Ta-Nehisi Coates. "He owned it. He made it his own."
Don DeLillo also read this evening, from the Doctorow novel Billy Bathgate, but it was not recorded.
The Art of Philosophy by Susanna Berger
Delving into the intersections between artistic images and philosophical knowledge in Europe from the late sixteenth to the early eighteenth centuries,
The Art of Philosophy
shows that the making and study of visual art functioned as important methods of philosophical thinking and instruction.
Isabel Wilkerson and the Great Migration
The mass movement of nearly seven million African-Americans from the South during the Great Migration unleashed a revolution that redefined American politics, culture, and urban life. In The Warmth of Other Suns, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson captures the intimate details and personal stories behind the historic, half-century long exodus. Wilkerson will be joined by WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore in Bronzeville, a subject of her book and the historic epicenter of the Great Migration in Chicago.
Rose McDermott: The Genetics of Politics | Talks at Google
"While traditionally social factors have been considered to have primary influence on political behaviors and preferences, more recent research shows that there's also a strong heritable component to ideological attitudes. Rose McDermott, professor of International Relations at Brown University and a 2015-16 CASBS fellow, will discuss her research on the influence of genetic contributions to political and social behavior. McDermott has described her work as intended to offer "…a genuinely interdisciplinary approach to the interaction of psychological processes and political outcomes.""
McDermott studies the biological influences which interact with environmental factors to shape ideology across the political spectrum in cultures around the world. Her research has included conducting embedded experiments on attitudes toward gender equality in numerous countries including Lebanon, Jordan, Uganda, Indonesia, Mongolia and India.
The author of Political Psychology in International Relations and co-editor of Man Is by Nature a Political Animal , McDermott was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 02013. McDermott is the David and Mariana Fisher University Professor of International Relations at Brown University and a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She received her Ph.D.(Political Science) and M.A. (Experimental Social Psychology) from Stanford University and has taught at Cornell, UCSB and Harvard. She has held numerous fellowships, including the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies and the Women and Public Policy Program, all at Harvard University. She is also a past and current fellow at the Stanford Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences.
She is the author of three books, a co-editor of two additional volumes, and author of over a hundred academic articles across a wide variety of disciplines encompassing topics such as experimentation, emotion and decision making, and the biological and genetic bases of political behavior."
Rahul Mehta on No Other World: A Novel at the 2017 AWP Book Fair
Rahul Mehta talks with host Rich Fahle about his latest novel, "No Other World: A Novel" at the 2017 AWP Book Fair.
Chuck Klosterman: "But What If We're Wrong" | Talks At Google
Klosterman talks about how his latest book, "But What If We're Wrong?" in which visualizes the contemporary world as it will appear to those who'll perceive it as the distant past. One of the most provocative, perceptive, and entertaining cultural critics of our time considers whether much of what we think we know about reality is false, why that is, and why it matters in all things including music, democracy and the internet.
Sebastian Barry reads from his new novel, Days Without End
'I am thinking of the days without end of my life...'
After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, aged barely seventeen, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, go on to fight in the Indian wars and, ultimately, the Civil War.
Having fled terrible hardships they find these days to be vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in. Their lives are further enriched and imperilled when a young Indian girl crosses their path, and the possibility of lasting happiness emerges, if only they can survive.
Moving from the plains of the West to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry's latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language. Both an intensely poignant story of two men and the lives they are dealt, and a fresh look at some of the most fateful years in America's past, Days Without End is a novel never to be forgotten.
James Gleick: 2016 National Book Festival
James Gleick discusses "Time Travel" in a book launch event with Joe Palca from NPR at the 2016 Library of Congress Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: James Gleick is a best-selling author and historian of science. He has worked as an editor and reporter for the New York Times and in 1993 he co-founded The Pipeline, a pioneering New York City-based internet service provider, and served as its chairman and chief executive officer. Gleick's books include "The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood," "Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everything," "Chaos: Making a New Science," "Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman" and "Isaac Newton." Three of his books have been Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalists, and he has received a PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award and a Royal Society Winton Prize for science books. Gleick's latest book, "Time Travel" , explores the subversive origins of time travel, its evolution in literature and science, and its influence on our understanding of time itself.
The Great Leveler by Walter Scheidel
The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century by Walter Scheidel
Are mass violence and catastrophes the only forces that can seriously decrease economic inequality? To judge by thousands of years of history, the answer is yes. Tracing the global history of inequality from the Stone Age to today, Walter Scheidel shows that inequality never dies peacefully. Inequality declines when carnage and disaster strike and increases when peace and stability return. The Great Leveler is the first book to chart the crucial role of violent shocks in reducing inequality over the full sweep of human history around the world.
Ever since humans began to farm, herd livestock, and pass on their assets to future generations, economic inequality has been a defining feature of civilization. Over thousands of years, only violent events have significantly lessened inequality. The "Four Horsemen" of leveling—mass-mobilization warfare, transformative revolutions, state collapse, and catastrophic plagues—have repeatedly destroyed the fortunes of the rich. Scheidel identifies and examines these processes, from the crises of the earliest civilizations to the cataclysmic world wars and communist revolutions of the twentieth century. Today, the violence that reduced inequality in the past seems to have diminished, and that is a good thing. But it casts serious doubt on the prospects for a more equal future.
An essential contribution to the debate about inequality, The Great Leveler provides important new insights about why inequality is so persistent—and why it is unlikely to decline anytime soon.
Amazon talks to Jonathan Safran Foer about his novel HERE I AM.