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Prof Sheila Jasanoff: "The Ethics of Invention"
Prof. Sheila Jasanoff is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her work explores the role of science and technology in the law, politics, and policy of modern democracies, with particular attention to the nature of public reason.
We live in a world increasingly governed by technology—but to what end?
Technology shapes the legal, social, and ethical environments in which we act. Yet, much of the time, the influence of technology on our lives goes unchallenged by citizens and our elected representatives. In The Ethics of Invention, renowned scholar Sheila Jasanoff dissects the ways in which we delegate power to technological systems and asks how we might regain control.
2016 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony: Full Event
The PEN Literary Awards are the most comprehensive in the United States. Each year, with the help of its partners and supporters, PEN confers nearly $315,000 to writers in the fields of fiction, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children's literature, translation, drama, and poetry.
On April 11, 2016, PEN honored the winners for its 2016 Literary Awards at a ceremony held at The New School in NYC. Winners included Toni Morrison, Mia Alvar, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Lynn Nottage, and more.
Bonnie McFarlane & Jim Gaffigan | You're Better Than Me
In the spirit of Mindy Kaling, Kelly Oxford, and Sarah Silverman, join us for the launch of this compulsively readable and outrageously funny memoir of growing up as a fish out of water, finding your voice, and embracing your inner crazy-person, from popular actress, writer, director, and comedian Bonnie McFarlane. She'll be talking about You're Better Than Me: A Memoir with fellow comedian Jim Gaffigan.
Michael Eric Dyson on the Black Presidency
Michael Eric Dyson is one of our nation's premier intellectuals and a staunch defender of civil discourse. Nowhere is this more evident than in his keen-eyed view of the Obama presidency. By turns heralding and lambasting, Dyson follows the President's navigation of race and racism in America—including the national crisis spawned by the traumatic killings of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, and others. Now with his long-awaited book, "The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America," Dyson returns to Chicago to discuss the meaning of America's first black presidency. Dyson will be joined in conversation by Laura Washington, columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and political analyst for ABC-7 Chicago.
The Fight to Vote
Michael Waldman discusses his new book, "The Fight to Vote," where he analyses a crucial American struggle: actions to define and defend government based on the consent of the governed. From the nation's earliest days, as Americans sought the right to vote, others have fought to stop them. Waldman examines the full story from the founders' debates to today's challenges.
Speaker Biography: Michael Waldman is president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, a nonpartisan law and policy institute that focuses on improving the systems of democracy and justice. He was director of speechwriting for President Bill Clinton from 1995 to 1999. He comments widely in the media on law and policy.
Four Futures: Life After Capitalism
Author Peter Frase in conversation with Alyssa Battistoni at Verso Books in Brooklyn, October 13, 2016.
Join Jacobin and Verso Books for the official launch of Jacobin Editor Peter Frase's Four Futures: Life After Capitalism.
One thing we can be certain of is that capitalism will end. Maybe not soon, but probably before too long; humanity has never before managed to craft an eternal social system, after all, and capitalism is a notably more precarious and volatile order than most of those that preceded it. The question, then, is what will come next?
In Four Futures, Frase imagines how this post-capitalist world might look, deploying the tools of both social science and speculative fiction to explore what communism, rentism and extermininsm might actually entail.
Could the current rise of the real-life robocops usher in a world that resembles Ender's Game? And sure, communism will bring an end to material scarcities and inequalities of wealth—but there's no guarantee that social hierarchies, governed by an economy of "likes," wouldn't rise to take their place. A whirlwind tour through science fiction, social theory and the new technologies are already shaping our lives, Four Futures is a balance sheet of the socialisms we may reach if a resurgent Left is successful, and the barbarisms we may be consigned to if those movements fail.
C. Nicole Mason, "Born Bright"
C. Nicole Mason discusses poverty in America and her own personal struggle in her book, "Born Bright: A Young Girl's Journey from Nothing to Something in America."
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 2016 National Book Festival
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar discusses "Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White" with Kevin Merida, executive editor of The Undefeated at the 2016 Library of Congress Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Speaker Biography: Best-selling author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a six-time National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player, the NBA's all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points and a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. His published works include "Mycroft Holmes," "Giant Steps," "Kareem," "Black Profiles in Courage: A Legacy in African-American Achievement," "A Season on the Reservation: My Sojourn with the White Mountain Apaches," "Brothers in Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII's Forgotten Heroes" and "On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance." Abdul-Jabbar's latest nonfiction book, "Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White" , offers keen assessments and potential solutions while exploring the country's seemingly irreconcilable partisan divide-both racial and political-and his own experiences as an athlete, parent, African-American and Muslim.
2016 National Book Festival: Sarah Vowell
Sarah Vowell looks at the American Revolution through the eyes of the French-born Marquis de Lafayette, who served as a general in the Continental Army and as personal confidante to George Washington. She speaks at the 16th annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson, "Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour"
Neil DeGrasse Tyson answers many of the questions of the universe including how it began and the liklihood of intelligent life elsewhere in, "Welcome to the Universe."
Betsy Teutsch: "100 Under $100: One Hundred Tools for Empowering Global Women"
Betsy Teutsch visited Google's office in Cambridge, MA to discuss her book, "100 Under $100: One Hundred Tools for Empowering Global Women". The book provides a comprehensive look at effective, low-cost solutions for helping women in the Global South out of poverty.
Most books on this subject focus on one problem and one solution, but Teutsch shares one hundred successful, proven paths out of poverty in eleven different sectors―including tech, public health, law, and finance.
Betsy Teutsch is a blogger, columnist, community organizer and eco-activist in addition to her profession as a Judaica artist. She has also served as Communications Director of GreenMicrofinance, promoting affordable paths out of rural poverty.
Garry Trudeau, "Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump"
Political cartoonist Garry Trudeau discusses his use of Donald Trump as a character in his comic strip, "Doonesbury," from 1987 to today.
Kickstarter Presents: I Read New York: A Conversation on Creativity
Kickstarter celebrates $100 million raised for book publishing projects with a panel featuring the authors of several of those projects. From xeroxed zines to glossy design tomes, lit journals to sci-fi anthologies, the Publishing community on Kickstarter brings all sorts of creative ideas to life, and tonight we're talking about ideas inspired by the Big Apple
Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler introduces a panel moderated by Margot Atwell (Kickstarter's Publishing Outreach Lead) and featuring, from left to right, project creators Brian Foo (Continuous City), Tim Reitzes (The New York Pizza Book), and Hamish Smyth & Jesse Reed (NYC and NASA Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual reprints) for a discussion on the creative process, building community around ideas, and making books in New York City.
Ahkil Reed Amar, "The Constitution Today"
Yale professor Akhil Reed Amar discusses the relevance of America's Constitution to today's headlines in his book, "The Constitution Today."
Billy Collins and Barbara Hamby read from their new works
Billy Collins and Barbara Hamby read from their work, introduced by Daniel Menaker and Erica Wright, respectively.
Billy Collins's new book of poems is The Rain in Portugal. "He is an American original — a metaphysical poet with a funny bone and a sly questioning intelligence," wrote Edward Hirsch.
Collins is joined by Barbara Hamby, whose latest collection is On the Street of Divine Love: New and Selected Poems. "Her poems are wild, outspoken, seriously funny, motor-mouth rambles that take us through hoops of association to places both unexpected and unimpeachable," wrote Collins.