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Sep
6
Thu
Mathematics of Big Data @ MIT Press Bookstore
Sep 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming Jeremy Kepner to the bookstore to discuss his book, Mathematics of Big Data: Spreadsheets, Databases, Matrices, and Graphs. Thisis the first book to present the common mathematical foundations of big data analysis across a range of applications and technologies.

 

 

 

 

Jeremy Kepner is an MIT Lincoln Laboratory Fellow, Founder and Head of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center, and Research Affiliate in MIT’s Mathematics Department.

Sep
10
Mon
Cass R. Sunstein: The Cost-Benefit Revolution @ MIT Press Bookstore
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 

MIT Press Bookstore welcomes Cass R. Sunstein, Robert Walsmley University Professor at Harvard Law School, to the bookstore to discuss his latest book, The Cost-Benefit Revolution. Drawing on behavioral economics and his well-known emphasis on “nudging,” he celebrates the cost-benefit revolution in policy making, tracing its defining moments in the Reagan, Clinton, and Obama administrations (and pondering its uncertain future in the Trump administration).

 

 

 

 

Cass R. Sunstein is one of the most cited legal scholars in the world. He was recipient of the 2018 Holberg Prize and was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama Administration.

Sep
16
Sun
Standing Waves #15: Lecture and Concert Series with Teodora Stepančić @ MIT Press Bookstore
Sep 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join the MIT Press Bookstore for Standing Waves #15: a lecture and concert series, featuring Teodora Stepančić.

Teodora Stepančić is a composer, performer and curator based in Brooklyn.

In her compositions, Teodora explores theatrical and visual elements in music performance, cyclical and game-based musical forms, and developing works in close collaboration with individual performers.

As performer and curator, Teodora is interested in expanding the concepts of a musical concert, performance practice and audience roles, finding new ways of presenting, performing and creating music. In events she organizes, composers, performers and audience are invited into an intimate listening experience, a space for sharing sounds, ideas and music, a place for open minds and ears.

Teodora is the organizer and curator of the Piano+ and Shared Space concert series, both in Brooklyn, NY. She is co-founder of Love Collective, a group of composers/performers committed to programming and performing music rarely heard in NYC in intimate spaces and to community building. With composer Assaf Gidron, Teodora is part of a duo performing on Casio organs, sine tones, piano and cello. Together they regularly organize concerts in USA, Serbia, Israel, Germany, the Netherlands, Argentina, Iceland and wherever they travel.

As pianist Teodora is core member of Ensemble Modelo62 (the Netherlands) and collaborates with numerous new music ensembles such as Ghost Ensemble, ensemble mise-en, StudioŠest, BRock Ensemble, Asko Shoenberg, Veenfabriek, etc., and has appeared at festivals such as BBC Proms, Gaudeamus Muziek Week, Klangraum Dusseldorf, Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt, Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen Hannover, Dag in de Branding, November Music, Zwei Tage Zeit Zürich, ORCiM Ghent, Hawler International Theater Festival Erbil. She regularly premiers new works for piano by emerging composers. She studied piano and composition at the University of Arts in Belgrade and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

Standing Waves is a monthly music, sound, and artist talk series with a concentration on one artist in the performance of and presentation about their work. Standing Waves is given over to a single artist for each event that allows for the performance and auditioning of their work as well as a presentation to the audience about it that makes for an intimate as well as rigorous experience, with the integrity and intention of the artist and work aligned and revealed. A distinguishing element of the series will also be a document in the form of a book that includes critical writings and photographs from the events. This comprehensive approach will elucidate the music, sound art and practices that overlap and comprise the artists’ works.

The Standing Waves lecture and concert series is offered with support from Cambridge Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Suggested donation at the event in support of Standing Waves: $5-10.

Sep
18
Tue
Introducing: The EKS Book Club @ MIT Press Bookstore
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us at MIT Press Bookstore for the inaugural meeting of the EKS Book Club!

Each month, we will discuss a different title from the wide-ranging MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series.

This September, we will discuss The Book, by artist and poet Amaranth Borsuk. In this volume, Borsuk considers the history of the book, the future of the book, and the idea of the book. Tracing the interrelationship of form and content in the book’s development, she bridges book history, book arts, and electronic literature to expand our definition of an object we thought we knew intimately.

Please send RSVPs and questions to eksbookclub@mit.edu, or visit the bookstore to sign up and pick up your copy of The Book.

 

Sep
20
Thu
Mark Stuart Day: Bits to Bitcoin @ MIT Press Bookstore
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the MIT Bookstore in welcoming Mark Stuart Day to discuss his book, Bits to Bitcoin: How Our Digital Stuff Works.

In Bits to Bitcoin, Mark Stuart Day offers an accessible guide to our digital infrastructure, explaining the basics of operating systems, networks, security, and other topics for the general reader.

Mark Stuart Day was Chief Scientist at Riverbed Technology for a decade and is currently Visiting Lecturer at MIT. With more than thirty patented inventions, he has also made technical contributions at Dropbox, IBM, Cisco, Digital, and BBN.

Sep
27
Thu
Roberto Simanowski: WASTE: A New Media Primer @ MIT Press Bookstore
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the MIT Bookstore in welcoming Roberto Simanowski to discuss his book, Waste: A New Media Primer.

Simanowski, who has been studying the Internet and social media since the 1990s, goes deeper than the conventional wisdom. With these engaging and provocative essays, Roberto Simanowski considers what new media has done to us. Why is digital privacy being eroded and why does society seem not to care? Why do we escape from living and loving the present into capturing, sharing and liking it? And how did we arrive at a selfie society without self-consciousness?

 

 
Roberto Simanowski is a scholar of media and cultural studies and the author of Digital Art and MeaningData LoveFacebook Society, Waste: A New Media Primer, andThe Death Algorithm and Other Digital Dilemmas (the last two published by the MIT Press).