Ria Brodell: Butch Heroes @ MIT Press Bookstore
Nov 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please join MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming artist Ria Brodell to discuss their new book, Butch Heroes.

This astonishing collection of twenty-eight paintings, modeled on Catholic holy cards, exhumes the lost histories of gender non-conforming individuals from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries.



Ria Brodell is an artist and educator based in Boston who has had solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and whose work has been featured in the GuardianARTNews, the Boston Globe, and New American Paintings. Brodell is a part-time lecturer at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University.

Virginia Valian: An Inclusive Academy @ MIT Press Bookstore
Nov 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming Virginia Valian to discuss her book An Inclusive Academy.

Most colleges and universities embrace the ideals of diversity and inclusion, but many fall short, especially in the hiring, retention, and advancement of faculty who would more fully represent our diverse world—in particular women and people of color. In this book, Virginia Valian and co-author Abigail Stewart argue that diversity and excellence go hand in hand and provide guidance for achieving both.


Virginia Valian is Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Linguistics, and Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at Hunter College and the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of Why So Slow: The Advancement of Women and coauthor of An Inclusive Academy: Achieving Diversity and Excellence.

Thresholds 46: SCATTER! @ MIT Press Bookstore
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Please join us,  in partnership with the MIT Department of Architecture, for a discussion of Thresholds 46: SCATTER!.

Thresholds is the annual peer-reviewed journal produced by the MIT Department of Architecture. Each independently themed issue features content from leading scholars and practitioners in the fields of architecture, art, and culture. Thresholds 46: SCATTER! is edited by Anne Graziano and Eliyahu Keller.

This event will feature a panel discussion and Q&A with the audience.

Robert Jaffe and Washington Taylor: The Physics of Energy @ MIT Press Bookstore
Nov 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us at the bookstore, in partnership with MIT Department of Physics, in welcoming Robert Jaffe and Washington Taylor for a discussion of energy and their book, The Physics of Energy.

Energy plays a central role in science and in human society. Changes in energy sources and technologies have driven the major technological advances that make possible our current society. And energy choices in the coming decades will have a powerful impact on the future of humanity and the planetary ecosystem. While these energy choices are fundamentally driven by economic and political considerations, any sensible analysis of the options must be grounded in the fundamental science of energy.

The Physics of Energy provides a comprehensive and systematic introduction to the scientific principles governing energy sources, uses, and systems. Students, scientists, engineers, energy industry professionals, and concerned citizens with some mathematical and scientific background who wish to understand energy systems and issues quantitatively will find this book of great interest.


Robert L. Jaffe holds the Morningstar Chair in the Department of Physics at MIT. He was formerly director of MIT’s Center for Theoretical Physics and recently chaired the American Physical Society’s Panel on Public Affairs. Jaffe is best known for his research on the quark substructure of the proton and other strongly interacting particles, on exotic states of matter, and on the quantum structure of the vacuum. He received his BA from Princeton and his PhD from Stanford. In recognition of his contributions to teaching and course development at MIT, Jaffe has received numerous awards including a prestigious MacVicar Fellowship. Jaffe is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Washington Taylor is a Professor of Physics at MIT, and is currently the Director of MIT’s Center for Theoretical Physics. Taylor’s research is focused on basic theoretical questions of particle physics and gravity. Taylor has made contributions to our understanding of fundamental aspects of string theory and its set of solutions, including connections to constraints on low-energy field theory and observable physics and to new results in mathematics. Taylor received his BA in mathematics from Stanford and his PhD in physics from UC Berkeley. Among other honors, Taylor has been an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and a Department of Energy Outstanding Junior Investigator, and has received MIT’s  Buechner faculty teaching prize.

Essential Knowledge Series @ MIT Press Bookstore
Nov 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us at the MIT Press Bookstore for a discussion among three authors of The MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series.

The MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series offers accessible, concise, beautifully produced books on topics of current interest.







Howard J. Herzog is Senior Research Engineer in the MIT Energy Initiative. His book, Carbon Capture, is a concise overview of carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS), a promising but overlooked climate change mitigation pathway.

J.M. Berger is a fellow with the Counter-Terrorism Strategic Communications Project and a nonresident Fellow with the Alliance for Securing Democracy. His book, Extremism, elucidates what extremism is, how extremist ideologies are constructed, and why extremism can escalate into violence.

Lynette A. Jones is Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT and is Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Haptics. Haptics is an accessible, nontechnical overview of active touch sensing, from sensory receptors in the skin to tactile surfaces on flat screen displays.

David D. Clark & Josephine Wolff: Building a Better Internet @ MIT Press Bookstore
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming David D. Clark and Josephine Wolff to discuss their new books: David D. Clark’s Designing an Internet and Josephine Wolff’s You’ll See This Message When It Is Too Late.




David D. Clark is a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab and a leader in the design of the Internet since the 1970s. In Designing an Internet, David Clark explains how the Internet is actually put together, what requirements it was designed to meet, and why different design decisions would create different internets.


Josephine Wolff is Assistant Professor in the Public Policy Department and Computer Security Department at Rochester Institute of Technology. She is a Faculty Associate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and a Fellow at the New America Cybersecurity Initiative. Her new book, You’ll See This Message When It Is Too Late: The Legal and Economic Aftermath of Cybersecurity Breaches, examines a series of cybersecurity breaches from 2005 to 2015, the patterns that emerge from them, and what we can learn in their wake.