Thursday, January 25, 2018 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome NYU professor and scientific director of Crime Lab New York PATRICK SHARKEY for a discussion of his latest book, "Uneasy Peace: The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on Violence." He will be joined in conversation by sociologist and Harvard University professor WILLIAM JULIUS WILSON.
Friday, January 26, 2018 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and the Harvard Book Store welcome bestselling author, TED speaker, and former Stanford dean JULIE LYTHCOTT-HAIMS for a discussion of her latest book, "Real American: A Memoir." The evening will begin with a reading from TIFFANY CESPEDES, an 8th grade student at the Boston Teachers Union School.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities, Harvard Book Store, and WBUR welcome writer and cultural philosopher ROB RIEMEN?founder of the Nexus Institute?for a discussion of his latest book, "To Fight Against This Age: On Fascism and Humanism." He will be joined in conversation by CHRISTOPHER LYDON, host of WBUR's radio program "Open Source."
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome Harvard University Professors of Government STEVEN LEVITSKY and DANIEL ZIBLATT for a discussion of their new book, "How Democracies Die." Donald Trump's presidency has raised a question that many of us never thought we'd be asking: Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes. Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, from 1930s Europe to contemporary Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela, to the American South during Jim Crow, Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die -- and how ours can be saved.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 6PM8PM
Opening Conversation speakers Alexandra Sedlovskaya and Dr. Kerri Greenidge, guided by Diana Lempel; will be setting the table for this year's programs which will explore the ways Cantabrigians define where they're "from" and why it matters. What makes someone feel they're from Cambridge or not, and how has this changed over time? Light Refreshments offered. The Opening Conversation will be followed by the Annual Meeting of the Members. All are welcome. (Inclement Weather Date: 2/8/18)
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 7:30 PM
Join us for a panel discussion delving deeper into the playwright's stance on apartheid. Panelist include: Kyna Hamill (moderator), Assistant Director of the Core Curriculum and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Theatre, Boston University; Zoliswa O. Mali, Coordinator of South African Languages, Boston University; Diana Wylie, Professor of African Studies, Boston University; Timothy P. Longman, Director of the African Studies Center, Boston University
Saturday, February 24, 2018 1:00 PM3:00 PM
The National Society of Colonial Dames of America in The Commonwealth of Massachusetts invites you to a public lecture on "OVERCOMING UNCIVIL DIALOGUE: New Lessons from the Puritans." The program will feature Dr. Robert Allison, Professor in the Department of History at Suffolk, and Dr. Dale Kuehne, chair of the Department of Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good at St. Anselm's College. A reception will follow where Boston weekday Puritan 1635 dresses from each of 3 socioeconomic classes hand-sewn by dame Ruby-Grace Miller will be displayed and contrasted with a Virginia gown of the same period.
  • Suffolk University, Sargent Hall, 120 Tremont Street
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: 617-742-3190
  • email:
  • cost: Free
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 7:30 PM
Join us for a panel discussion with moderator Rebecca Haag, former CEO of the AIDS Action Committee of MA.
Saturday, March 3, 2018 5:30 PM
An exploration of the period of South Asian history referenced in Rajiv Joseph's play "Guards at the Taj." The plot revolves around the construction of the Taj Majal and raises questions about how grand building projects affect the ordinary lives of people who are caught in the great game of power and politics. During this symposia, actors will perform scenes from "Guards at the Taj" and audience members will be guided to explore the following questions: What drives the building of a monumental masterpiece like the Taj Majal? To whose benefit? At what cost? These questions --? as well as related questions raised in the play about beauty, love, and the power to design one's life --? will all be posed in relationship to the history of India and in the context of today's cultural/political climate.
Saturday, March 10, 2018 5:30 PM
This symposia explores the dynamics between the discipline of history on the one hand (involving research and complex interpretations designed to arrive at truth) and the discipline of theater on the other (involving the retelling of history at the service of discerning meaning from the past). Actors from State Ensemble Theater Unit will perform scenes from "Shah Jahan" and "Guards at the Taj." Following the scene performances, audience members will engage in discussion asking the following questions: What is the nature of the truths we seek from the stage? How does the history of the Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan differ from the work of the late 19th century Bengali playwright D.L. Ray in "Shah Jahan," and the contemporary Indian--?American playwright Rajiv Joseph in "Guards at the Taj?"
Thursday, March 29, 2018 6:00 PM7:30 PM
Some of the great stories of American freedom explore how disenfranchised groups have asserted their rights to be citizens. We will host a discussion that will explore how groups through American history have used agitation to help change the dialog about their position as citizens and how this history can help inform our views and reactions to the changing political climate we see today. We will explore questions of race, politics, sexuality, immigration and throughout all of it, citizenship.
  • Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: (617) 646-0515
  • web:
  • email:
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities


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