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Apr
18
Wed
Science Not Silence: Voices from the March for Science Movement @ MIT Press Bookstore
Apr 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us as we welcome Stephanie Fine Sasse and Lucky Tran to the MIT Press Bookstore to discuss and sign copies of Science Not Silence. Joining them in discussion will be Dr. Nabiha Saklayen and Dr. Dan Pomeroy, contributors to the project. Books will be on sale at the event for 20% off, or you can purchase an event ticket that includes a discounted book.

About Science Not Silence:

In January 2017, an idea on social media launched the global March for Science movement. In a few short months, more than 600 cities, 250 partners, and countless volunteers banded together to organize a historical event that drew people of all backgrounds, interests, and political leanings. On April 22, 2017, more than one million marchers worldwide took to the streets to stand up for the importance of science in society and their own lives—and each of them has a story to tell. Through signs, artwork, stories, and photographs, Science Not Silence shares some of the voices from the March for Science movement.

This event takes place in conjunction with the 2018 Cambridge Science Festival. Learn more.

Apr
19
Thu
Jackie Wang, Carceral Capitalism, in conversation with Malcolm Harris @ MIT Press Bookstore
Apr 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us as we welcome Jackie Wang to the MIT Press Bookstore to discuss and sign copies of Carceral Capitalism, in conversation with Malcolm Harris (Kids These Days). Books will be on sale at the event for 20% off.

About Jackie Wang and Carceral Capitalism:

In this collection of essays in Semiotext(e)’s Intervention series, Jackie Wang examines the contemporary incarceration techniques that have emerged since the 1990s. The essays illustrate various aspects of the carceral continuum, including the biopolitics of juvenile delinquency, predatory policing, the political economy of fees and fines, cybernetic governance, and algorithmic policing. Included in this volume is Wang’s influential critique of liberal anti-racist politics, “Against Innocence,” as well as essays on RoboCop, techno-policing, and the aesthetic problem of making invisible forms of power legible.

Jackie Wang is a student of the dream state, black studies scholar, prison abolitionist, poet, performer, library rat, trauma monster and PhD student at Harvard University. She is the author of a number of punk zines including On Being Hard Femme, as well as a collection of dream poems titled Tiny Spelunker of the Oneiro-Womb.

About Malcolm Harris and Kids These Days:

In brilliant, crackling prose, early Wall Street occupier Malcolm Harris gets mercilessly real about the maligned Millenial generation. Examining trends like runaway student debt, the rise of the intern, mass incarceration, social media, and more, Harris gives us a portrait of what it means to be young in America today that will wake you up and piss you off. Millennials were the first generation raised explicitly as investments, Harris argues, and in Kids These Days he dares us to confront and take charge of the consequences now that we are grown up.

Malcolm Harris is a freelance writer and an editor at The New Inquiry. His work has appeared in the New RepublicBookforum, the Village Voicen+1, and the New York Times Magazine. He lives in Philadelphia.

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Apr
28
Sat
Suzanne Zelazo, Adam Dickinson, and John Canaday Poetry Reading @ MIT Press Bookstore
Apr 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming poets Suzanne Zelazo, Adam Dickinson, and John Canaday to the store on Saturday, April 28, at 4:00 pm.

About Suzanne Zelazo:

Suzanne Zelazo is a writer, editor, educator and former professional triathlete. She holds a PhD in English with a specialty in female modernism and avant garde poetry and performance. Her scholarly publications include co-edited collections of writing by Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven (MIT Press) and Florine Stettheimer (BookThug). Her projects seek to integrate creative expression and the body. Her latest book, Lances All Alike, explores lines of influence, appropriation, and female artistic collaboration, showcasing women’s voices on the fringe that are worthy of taking center stage.

About Adam Dickinson:

Adam Dickinson’s poetry has appeared in literary journals and anthologies in Canada and internationally. His latest book, Anatomic (Coach House Books), involved chemical and microbial testing on his body. His work has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and the ReLit Award. He was also a finalist for the CBC Poetry Prize and the K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Literature. He teaches poetics and creative writing at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

About John Canaday:

John Canaday’s most recent book, Critical Assembly, is a collection of poems in the voices of the men and women—scientists, spouses, laborers, locals, and military personnel—involved in the Manhattan Project. His previous book of poems, The Invisible World, set in the Middle East and New England, won the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. He is also the author of a nonfiction study, The Nuclear Muse: Literature, Physics, and the First Atomic Bombs. He teaches literature, writing, physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, and history in the Boston area.

May
3
Thu
Bruno Verdini Trejo, Winning Together @ MIT Press Bookstore
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming Bruno Verdini Trejo, author of Winning Together, to the store. Bruno is Executive Director of the MIT-Harvard Mexico Negotiation Program, Lecturer in Urban Planning and Negotiation, and Founder of MIT’s Concentration in Negotiation and Leadership. He created and teaches MIT’s popular courses on The Art and Science of Negotiation, and leads training and consulting work for governments, firms, and international organizations around the world.

About Winning Together:

Transboundary natural resource negotiations, often conducted in an atmosphere of entrenched mistrust, confrontation, and deadlock, can go on for decades. In this book, Bruno Verdini outlines an approach by which government, private sector, and nongovernmental stakeholders can overcome grievances, break the status quo, trade across differences, and create mutual gains in high-stakes water, energy, and environmental negotiations.

Building upon the theoretical and empirical findings, Winning Together offers advice for practitioners on effective negotiation and dispute resolution strategies that avoid the presumption that there are not enough resources to go around, and that one side must win and the other must inevitably lose.

May
5
Sat
Laynie Browne, Lisa Fishman, Matvei Yankelevich Poetry Reading @ MIT Press Bookstore
May 5 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming poets Laynie Browne, Lisa Fishman, and Matvei Yankelevich to the store on Saturday, May 5, at 4:00 pm.

About Laynie Browne:

Laynie Browne’s recent books include a collection of poetry You Envelop Me (Omnidawn, 2017), a novel, Periodic Companions, and a collection of short fiction The Book of Moments. Current works include a public art project in Philadelphia for which she selected a constellation of poetry in thirteen languages, and editorial projects include two anthologies Solidarity Texts: Radiant Re-Sisters (Jacket2) and The Poet’s Novel (forthcoming from Nightboat). She teaches at University of Pennsylvania and Swarthmore College.

About Lisa Fishman:

Lisa Fishman is the author of five books of poetry, including F L O W E R C A R TCurrent, and The Happiness Experiment. Her collection, 24 Pages and other poems, was published by Wave Books in 2015. The first Lorine Niedecker Poet-in-Residence in Fort Atkinson and Blackhawk Island, Fishman lives in Orfordville and Madison, Wisconsin. She teaches at Columbia College Chicago.

About Matvei Yankelevich:

Matvei Yankelevich’s books include Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt(Black Square), Alpha Donut (United Artists), and Boris by the Sea (Octopus). His translations include Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (Overlook), and (with Eugene Ostashevsky) Alexander Vvedensky’s An Invitation for Me to Think (NYRB Poets), which received a National Translation Award. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He is a founding editor of Ugly Duckling Presse, and teaches at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

May
9
Wed
Meredith Broussard, Artificial Unintelligence @ MIT Press Bookstore
May 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us as we welcome Meredith Broussard to the MIT Press Bookstore to discuss and sign copies of Artificial Unintelligence. David Daley, author of Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy, will join her in conversation. Books will be on sale at the event for 20% off, or you can purchase an event ticket that includes a discounted book.

About Artificial Unintelligence
In Artificial Unintelligence, Meredith Broussard argues that our collective enthusiasm for applying computer technology to every aspect of life has resulted in a tremendous amount of poorly designed systems. We are so eager to do everything digitally—hiring, driving, paying bills, even choosing romantic partners—that we have stopped demanding that our technology actually work.

Broussard, a software developer and journalist, reminds us that there are fundamental limits to what we can (and should) do with technology. With this book, she offers a guide to understanding the inner workings and outer limits of technology—and issues a warning that we should never assume that computers always get things right. If we understand the limits of what we can do with technology, Broussard tells us, we can make better choices about what we should do with it to make the world better for everyone.

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