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Celebration of Wislawa Szymborska
Celebrate the life and work of Wislawa Szymborska upon publication of Map: Collected and Last Poems.
Renowned American poet Charles Simic will be joined by Szymborska's award-winning translator Clare Cavanagh; Szymborska's personal assistant, the writer and critic Michal Rusinek; and the poet and translator Krystyna Dabrowska, who won the first Wislawa Szymborska poetry prize in 2013.
Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012) is among Poland's most-read and best-loved poets. Her work spanned 60 years including the Second World War, the Communist period and the return of democracy after 1989. She began writing during the Second World War, and published her first poem in 1945. Her mature poetry emphasized human dignity and the wonder of the everyday, with a characteristic wit and humor.
The winner of many awards, Szymborska became Poland's fourth Nobel Prize for Literature laureate in 1996. The Nobel committee praised her "for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality."
John Searle: "Consciousness in Artificial Intelligence" | Talks at Google
John Searle is the Slusser Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. His Talk at Google is focused on the philosophy of mind and the potential for consciousness in artificial intelligence. This Talk was hosted for Google's Singularity Network.
John is widely noted for his contributions to the philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and social philosophy. Searle has received the Jean Nicod Prize, the National Humanities Medal, and the Mind & Brain Prize for his work. Among his notable concepts is the "Chinese room" argument against "strong" artificial intelligence.
Lalita Tademy: 2015 National Book Festival
Lalita Tademy discusses "Citizens Creek: A Novel" at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: Lalita Tademy was vice president and general manager of a Silicon Valley Fortune 500 company before she turned to writing. Her historical novel "Cane River "(2001) is the result of stories she uncovered through her extensive research into her family's history. The novel became an instant best-seller and an Oprah Book Club selection and has been translated into 11 languages. Her other novels include "Red River" and her most recent work, "Citizens Creek: A Novel."
World Religions: 2015 National Book Festival
Donald Lopez Jr., Jane McAuliffe and Jack Miles discuss "The Norton Anthology of World Religions" at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: Donald S. Lopez Jr. is the Arthur E. Link distinguished university professor of Buddhist and Tibetan studies at the University of Michigan. He has a doctorate in Buddhist studies from the University of Virginia and specializes in late Indian Mahayana Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism. Lopez has delivered numerous lectures and written extensively on Buddhism. His published books include "From Stone to Flesh: A Short History of the Buddha," "Buddhism and Science: A Guide for the Perplexed" and "Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tibetan Buddhism and the West." Most recently, Lopez edited and contributed to "The Norton Anthology of World Religions."
Speaker Biography: Jane McAuliffe is the director of National and International Outreach at the Library of Congress, where she previously served as the director of the John W. Kluge Center and head of the Office of Scholarly Programs. She is a distinguished scholar specializing in Islamic studies and was the eighth president of Bryn Mawr College. Previously, McAuliffe served as the dean of Georgetown College at Georgetown University and worked at Emory University and the University of Toronto. Her published books include "Qur'anic Christians: An Analysis of Classical and Modern Exegesis," "Cambridge Companion to the Qur'an" and "Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an." Most recently, she edited and contributed to "The Norton Anthology of World Religions."
Speaker Biography: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jack Miles is a distinguished professor of English and religious studies at the University of California at Irvine and a fellow for religious affairs with the Pacific Council on International Policy. His work has been featured in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and other publications. His published books include "God: A Biography" and "Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God." Most recently, Miles was the general editor of "The Norton Anthology of World Religions."
Pacific Islander Literary Spotlight
Pacific Islander poets Brandy Nālani McDougall, Craig Santos Perez, and Lyz Soto read from their work and participate in a moderated discussion with Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis.
Maria Konnikova: We are all vulnerable to con artists
"I am just blown away by the fact that we — all of us, no matter how smart we are, how skeptical we are — how, you know, intelligent — scientist, physicist, it doesn't matter — journalist — how incredibly vulnerable we are in the right circumstance to being fooled, even though we think we aren't. And I wanted to explore that. You know, why do incredibly smart people become victims of confidence artists? How do they do it? What is it about them?" Maria Konnikova, author of "The Confidence Game." The full interview airs on PBS on February 24, 2016.
Lisa Randall with Bill Nye the Science Guy on Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs
The first female theoretical physicist tenured at Harvard, Lisa Randall makes ideas like string theory and quantum mechanics accessible to the rest of us in bestselling books like Knocking on Heaven’s Door and Warped Passages.
Now, she’s onto something new: dark matter—and evidence of how it may be interacting with matter here on earth. For cosmologists, this is sensational. Bill Nye joins Randall to discuss the ideas in her new book, Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs.
Daniel Oppenheimer, "Exit Right"
Daniel Oppenheimer examines six political personalities who changed their ideological allegiances from the left to the right, including Ronald Reagan, Whittaker Chambers, and Christopher Hitchens.
John Wray & Colson Whitehead | The Lost Time Accidents
The Lost Time Accidents is the triumphant, outsize return of Whiting Award-winning novelist John Wray. Coming on the heels of the best-selling Lowboy, it’s a wild ride through time, space, history, and science, with a burning core of heartbreak. Telling the story of a man unstuck in time, it’s a blisteringly inventive work that cements Wray’s reputation as a vanguard talent in American fiction.
John is joined in conversation by another wide-ranging 21st-century talent, New York Times columnist and novelist Colson Whitehead, He's the author most recently of The Noble Hustle, as well as Zone One, The Colossus of New York, and sundry other modern classics, the recipient of Guggenheim and MacArthur fellowships, and a fellow Whiting Award winner.
Eve Ensler Reads Emma Goldman
On October 24, 2015, The Nation feted its 150th anniversary with an unprecedented celebration at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn in a renovated Civil War–era Tobacco Warehouse. Featuring acclaimed writers and activists channeling iconic Nation voices from the past, plus music and comedy, the evening was hosted by Nation writers and MSNBC hosts Chris Hayes and Melissa Harris-Perry and featured readings and reflections by Tony Kushner, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Bill McKibben, Eve Ensler, Calvin Trillin, Victor Navasky, Laura Flanders, Kai Wright, Zephyr Teachout, Mychal Denzel Smith, along with a moving live performance from the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.
In this inimitable reading, Eve Ensler, the pathbreaking feminist playwright, reads from an essay on political exiles by the great anarchist Emma Goldman, whom Ensler calls “my revolutionary mother and inspiration,” someone who understood that “there is no revolution with sex and dancing.” Published in The Nation in 1932, Goldman’s essay spoke of “the cruel plight of the political refugees” after World War I, who continued to believe that someday “the workers will wake up from their leaden sleep, that they will once more take up the battle for liberty and well-being.”
Great Minds: Jane Mayer - The Koch Rules
Jane Mayer, Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right/The New Yorker Magazine joins Thom. For tonight's Conversations with Great Minds - I'm talking to Jane Mayer - who has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1995 and is the author of three bestselling books. She’s also been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship - the John Chancellor Award - the George Polk Award - the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting - and the I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence. Her latest book is "Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.
Let's Talk Books: Sarah Hollenbeck & Lynn Mooney (Women & Children First)
The Official Podcast of BookExpo America (BEA)
After Words with Michael Eric Dyson, "The Black Presidency"
Prof. Michael Eric Dyson looks at the Obama presidency & race in America in his book, "The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America."
Robin Givhan: 2015 National Book Festival
Robin Givhan discusses "The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled into the Spotlight and Made History" at the 2015 Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Garth Risk Hallberg | City on Fire
Strand hosts the years-awaited, record-breaking novel, City on Fire, by The Millions' Garth Risk Hallberg. Discover the story behind the making of one of the most eagerly anticipated novels in publishing history, an epic slice of NYC life from the heights of power to the depths of street life revolving around the blackout of ‘77.