Events

Authors@MIT

May
1
Mon
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.

Eventbrite - Andrew Fisher, Big Hunger

May
9
Tue
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.

Eventbrite - Steven Sloman in discussion with Drazen Prelec, The Knowledge Illusion

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

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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