The Vanishing Middle Class, Peter Temin @ The MIT Press Bookstore
Mar 28 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 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, March 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

Whiplash, Joi Ito @ The MIT Press Bookstore
Apr 3 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Joi Ito Discussion with Robert Langer

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.

Eventbrite - Joi Ito in discussion with Robert Langer, Whiplash

The Distracted Mind, Adam Gazzaley @ MIT Press Bookstore
Apr 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The MIT Press Bookstore presents Adam Gazzaley, Director of the Gazzaley Lab at the University of California, San Francisco, discussing his new book, The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World, at 6:00 pm, Thursday April 13, at the Bookstore.

We pride ourselves on our ability to multitask–read work email, reply to a text, check Facebook, watch a video clip. Talk on the phone, send a text, drive a car. Enjoy family dinner with glowing smartphones next to our plates. We can do it all, 24/7! Never mind the errors in the email, the near-miss on the road, and the unheard conversation at the table. In The Distracted Mind, Adam Gazzaley and Larry Rosen–a neuroscientist and a psychologist–explain why our brains aren’t built for multitasking, and suggest better ways to live in a high-tech world without giving up our modern technology.

This event includes a book signing. Books will be on sale at the event for 20% off, or you can purchase an event ticket that includes a discounted book.

Eventbrite - Adam Gazzaley, The Distracted Mind

Building Old Cambridge, Charles Sullivan and Susan Maycock @ Cambridge Public Library
Apr 27 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Building Old CambridgeThe MIT Press Bookstore and the Boston Book Festival present Susan Maycock and Charles Sullivan of the Cambridge Historical Commission discussing their book, 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.

Eventbrite - Susan Maycock & Charles Sullivan, Building Old Cambridge

Andrew Fisher, Big Hunger @ MIT Press Bookstore
May 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The MIT Press Bookstore and Project Bread present anti-hunger activist Andrew Fisher discussing his book Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance Between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups, at 6:00 pm on Monday, May 1, at the Bookstore.

Food banks and food pantries have proliferated in response to economic emergency. This was meant to be a stopgap measure, but manufacturing jobs never came back, recession followed, and the “emergency food system” became an industry. In Big Hunger, Fisher argues that anti-hunger advocates are missing an essential element of the problem: economic inequality driven by low wages. He takes a critical look at the business of hunger and offers a new vision for the anti-hunger movement.

This event includes a book signing. Books will be on sale at the event for 20% off, or you can purchase an event ticket that includes a discounted book.

The Knowledge Illusion, Steven Sloman @ The MIT Press Bookstore
May 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Steven Sloman, Discussion with Drazen Prelec

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.

Of Related Interest – From the February 27th issue of the New Yorker:

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds
‘New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason.’

By Elizabeth Kolbert