Friday, February 2, 2018 3:00 PM
Mass Humanities, Harvard Book Store, and the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research welcome award-winning author and Brooklyn College professor JEANNE THEOHARIS for a discussion of her latest book, "A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History." Historian Jeanne Theoharis dissects this national myth-making, teasing apart the accepted stories to show them in a strikingly different light. We see Rosa Parks not simply as a bus lady but a lifelong criminal justice activist and radical; Martin Luther King, Jr. as not only challenging Southern sheriffs but Northern liberals, too; and Coretta Scott King not only as a 'helpmate' but a lifelong economic justice and peace activist who pushed her husband's activism in these directions.
Monday, February 5, 2018 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities, Harvard Book Store, the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, and the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History welcome KENDRA TAIRA FIELD, assistant professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University, for a discussion of her book. Following the lead of her own ancestors, Kendra Field's epic family history chronicles the westward migration of freedom's first generation in the fifty years after emancipation. Drawing on decades of archival research and family lore within and beyond the United States, Field traces their journey out of the South to Indian Territory, where they participated in the development of black and black Indian towns and settlements.
Friday, February 23, 2018 3:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome Assistant Professor of History at Williams College ALEXANDER BEVILACQUA for a discussion of his new book, "The Republic of Arabic Letters: Islam and the European Enlightenment." In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a pioneering community of Christian scholars laid the groundwork for the modern Western understanding of Islamic civilization. These men produced the first accurate translation of the Qur'an into a European language, mapped the branches of the Islamic arts and sciences, and wrote Muslim history using Arabic sources. The Republic of Arabic Letters reconstructs this process, revealing the influence of Catholic and Protestant intellectuals on the secular Enlightenment understanding of Islam and its written traditions.
Monday, February 26, 2018 6:30PM
Mass Humanities, Harvard Book Store, Boston Review and the Cambridge Public Library welcome acclaimed educators BRANDON M. TERRY, TOMMIE SHELBY, ELIZABETH HINTON, and CORNEL WEST for a panel discussion on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. This discussion will feature Fifty Years Since MLK, the latest Boston Review issue, edited by Brandon M. Terry; and To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr. from Harvard University Press, edited by Tommie Shelby and Brandon M. Terry.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities, Harvard Book Store, and WBUR welcome acclaimed linguist, cognitive scientist, and award-winning author STEVEN PINKER for a discussion of his latest book, "Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress." He will be joined in conversation by Radio Open Source's CHRISTOPHER LYDON. The follow-up to Pinker's groundbreaking The Better Angels of Our Nature presents the big picture of human progress: people are living longer, healthier, freer, and happier lives, and while our problems are formidable, the solutions lie in the Enlightenment ideal of using reason and science.


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