Meryl Alper @ The MIT Press Bookstore
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm

The MIT Press Bookstore presents Meryl Alper, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University and author of Giving Voice: Mobile Communication, Disability, and Inequality (MIT Press), in conversation with Jennifer S. Light, Department Head and Professor of Science, Technology and Society at MIT, at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, February 28 at the Bookstore.


Mobile technologies are often hailed as a way to “give voice to the voiceless.” Behind the praise, though, are beliefs about technology as a gateway to opportunity and voice as a metaphor for agency and self-representation. In Giving Voice, Meryl Alper explores these assumptions by looking closely at one such case—the use of the Apple iPad and mobile app Proloquo2Go, which converts icons and text into synthetic speech, by children with disabilities (including autism and cerebral palsy) and their families.

Eventbrite - Meryl Alper, Author Talk

Luis Perez-Breva, @ The MIT Press Bookstore
Mar 14 @ 5:30 pm

InnovatingThe MIT Press Bookstore presents innovator and entrepreneur Luis Perez-Breva, Lecturer and a Research Scientist at MIT’s School of Engineering, discussing his book, Innovating: A Doer’s Manifesto for Starting from a Hunch, Prototyping Problems, Scaling Up, and Learning to Be Productively Wrong, at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, March 14, at the Bookstore.

In Innovating, Luis Perez-Breva describes a different approach to innovation-—a doer’s approach developed over a decade at MIT and internationally in workshops, classes, and companies. He shows that to start innovating it doesn’t require an earth-shattering idea; all it takes is a hunch. Anyone can do it. By prototyping a problem and learning by being wrong, innovating can be scaled up to make an impact.

Eventbrite - Luis Perez-Breva, Author Talk

Peter Temin @ The MIT Press Bookstore
Mar 28 @ 5:30 pm

The MIT Press Bookstore presents Peter Temin, Professor of Economics The Vanishing Middle ClassEmeritus at MIT and author of The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy (MIT Press) at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, February 28, at the Bookstore.

In The Vanishing Middle Class, Peter Temin argues that American history and politics, particularly slavery and its aftermath, play an important part in the widening gap between rich and poor and outlines ways to work toward greater equality so that America will no longer have one economy for the rich and one for the poor.

Eventbrite - Peter Temin, Author Talk

Joi Ito Discussion with Robert Langer @ The MIT Press Bookstore
Apr 3 @ 5:30 pm

The MIT Press Bookstore presents Joi Ito, Director of MIT’s Media Lab, in
conversation with Robert Langer, David H. Koch Institute Professor in MIT’s Department of Biological Engineering, discussing Ito’s new book, Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future, at 5:30 pm on Monday, April 3, at the Bookstore.

The future will run on an entirely new operating system. It’s a major upgrade, but it comes with a steep learning curve. The logic of a faster future oversets the received wisdom of the past, and the people who succeed will be the ones who learn to think differently. In Whiplash, Joi Ito and Jeff Howe distill that logic into nine organizing principles for navigating and surviving this tumultuous period.


Charles Sullivan and Susan Maycock @ Cambridge Public Library
Apr 27 @ 6:30 pm

The MIT Press Bookstore and the Boston Book Festival present Susan Maycock and Charles Sullivan of the Cambridge Historical Commission discussing their Building Old Cambridgebook, Building Old Cambridge, at 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 27, at the Cambridge Public Library.

This abundantly illustrated volume from the Cambridge Historical Commission traces the development of Old Cambridge from isolated settlement to site of Harvard College to suburban community and bustling intersection of town and gown. Based on the city’s comprehensive architectural inventory and drawing extensively on primary sources, Building Old Cambridge considers how the social, economic, and political history of Old Cambridge influenced its architecture and urban development. Along the way, readers me such figures as William Brattle and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and view buildings designed by architects including H. H. Richardson, Eleanor Raymond, Carl Koch, and Benjamin Thompson.

Steven Sloman, Discussion with Drazen Prelec @ The MIT Press Bookstore
May 9 @ 6:00 pm

The MIT Press Bookstore presents Steven Sloman, Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences at Brown University, in conversation with Drazen Prelec, Professor of Management Science and Economics at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, discussing Steven Sloman’s new book, The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone, at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, May 9, at the Bookstore.

The human mind is both brilliant and pathetic. We have mastered fire, created democratic institutions, stood on the moon, and sequenced our genome. And yet each of us is error prone, sometimes irrational, and often ignorant. In The Knowledge Illusion, cognitive scientists Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach argue that we survive and thrive despite our mental shortcomings because we live in a rich community of knowledge. The key to our intelligence lies in the people and things around us.