Events

Authors@MIT

May
23
Tue
Dream Chasers, Immigration and the American Backlash, John Tirman @ MIT Press Bookstore
May 23 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm


The MIT Press Bookstore presents John Tirman, Executive Director of MIT’s Center for International Studies, discussing his book Immigration and the American Backlash on Tuesday, May 23, at 5:30 pm at the Bookstore.

Tirman’s discussion of the resistance to immigration and immigrants couldn’t be more timely. Illegal immigration continues to roil American politics, the uproar encouraged by the Trump administration. State and local governments have passed more than 300 laws that attempt to restrict undocumented immigrants’ access to hospitals, schools, food stamps, and driver’s licenses. And yet polls show that a majority of Americans support some kind of path to citizenship for those here illegally. What is going on? Tirman explains that the resistance is more cultural than political, stemming from fears that the white, Protestant “real America” is changing.

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 - John Tirman, Dream Chasers: Immigration and the American Backlash

Jun
8
Thu
“It’s Alive!” Frankenstein’s Lessons for Scientists and Creators @ Le Laboratoire
Jun 8 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

From the Boston Book Festival site:

Tickets: $25 for event only; $40 includes Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds (at a 20% discount!)

“Two hundred years after its creation,  Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is still alive and well, continuing to shape how we imagine science and its moral consequences. Frankenstein’s cultural life reaches far beyond the book page, extending into film, television, video games, graphic novels, toys, and even breakfast cereal (not to mention a song with lyrics by Margaret Atwood). Shelley’s novel also remains a powerful lens through which we reckon with emerging technologies, conceptualize the research process, imagine the motivations and ethical struggles of scientists and engineers, and weigh the benefits of innovation with its unforeseen pitfalls. Presented in conjunction with a new critical edition just published by the MIT Press, titled Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds, this event features one of the book’s editors, Ed Finn, in conversation with cell biologist Donald Ingber and literary biographer Charlotte Gordon. What better place for science and literature to converge than at the chic and futuristic Le Laboratoire? Stoke your own creativity at a pre-discussion cocktail reception featuring a complimentary array of innovative (and delicious) appetizers from Café ArtScience and a cash bar (no credit cards, please).

Presenter bios:

Ed Finn is the founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University and one of the editors of Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds.

Charlotte Gordon is an associate professor at Endicott College and author, most recently, of Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for biography.

Donald Ingber is the founding director of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at Harvard Medical School and the Vascular Biology Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, and a professor of bioengineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

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Jun
20
Tue
#Republic, Cass Sunstein @ MIT Press Bookstore
Jun 20 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The MIT Press Bookstore authors@MIT series presents Cass R. Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School and former Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, discussing his new book #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media, Tuesday, June 20, at 5:30 pm at the Bookstore.

In #Republic, Sunstein, coauthor of Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness and author of The World According to Star Wars, describes the ways that the Internet drives political fragmentation, polarization, and even extremism—and what we can do about it.

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 - Cass Sunstein, #Republic