Events

Friday, July 20, 2018 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome award-winning journalist and Brown University lecturer ELIZABETH RUSH for a discussion of her latest book, "Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore." We live in a time of unprecedented hurricanes and catastrophic weather events, a time when it is increasingly clear that climate change is neither imagined nor distant--and that rising seas are transforming the coastline of the United States in irrevocable ways. In this highly original work of lyrical reportage, Rush guides readers through some of the places where this change has been most dramatic, from the Gulf Coast to Miami, and from New York City to the Bay Area. For many of the plants, animals, and humans in these places, the options are stark: retreat or perish in place.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 6:30 PM8:00 PM
A conversation with author Katherine Howe and Society board member Ed Rodley, 4th generation Cambridge Irish-American, about two defining Cambridge types at the heart of where Cambridge is from: Brahmins and City People. Also featuring a peek into the Society's archives with a brief look at the Susan Nichols journals from the late 1800s with Archivist Maggie Hoffman and Intern Lydia MacKay. Susan raised her family in the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House on Brattle Street and was a member of the West Cambridge community for all of her adult life.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store welcomes acclaimed historian and artist NELL PAINTER for a discussion of her latest book, "Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over." Following her retirement from Princeton University, celebrated historian Dr. Nell Irvin Painter surprised everyone in her life by returning to school--in her sixties--to earn a BFA and MFA in painting. In Old in Art School, she travels from her beloved Newark to the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design; finds meaning in the artists she loves, even as she comes to understand how they may be undervalued; and struggles with the unstable balance between the pursuit of art and the inevitable, sometimes painful demands of a life fully lived.
Friday, July 27, 2018 5:30 PM6:30 PM
Have you ever wanted to learn more about the history of Boston's Chinatown? Join the Chinese Historical Society of New England (CHSNE) on our Chinatown History Tours, a 60-minute walking tour exploring Chinatown's early history and how its community has changed over the decades. The tour will begin at the China Trade Building at 2 Boylston Street, on the lower atrium level in front of the CHSNE office and the Chinatown branch of the Boston Public Library. Additional dates: 8/3 at 1:00 PM, 8/24 at 5:30 PM.
Monday, August 13, 2018 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome award-winning author and environmental historian JACK E. DAVIS for a discussion of his latest book, "The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea"--winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in History. Hailed as a "nonfiction epic...in the tradition of Jared Diamond's best-seller Collapse, and Simon Winchester's Atlantic" by the Dallas Morning News, Jack E. Davis's "The Gulf" is what the Wall Street Journal calls "by turns informative, lyrical, inspiring and chilling for anyone who cares about the future of 'America's Sea.'" Illuminating America's political and economic relationship with the environment from the age of the conquistadors to the present, Davis demonstrates how the Gulf's fruitful ecosystems and exceptional beauty empowered a growing nation. Filled with vivid, untold stories from the sportfish that launched Gulfside vacationing to Hollywood's role in the country's first offshore oil wells, this "vast and well-told story shows how we made the Gulf [into] a national sacrifice zone" (Bill McKibben).
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 5:30 PM6:30 PM
Ever pondered the who, what, how of Chinatown's many public murals? Wonder no more! Join the Chinese Historical Society of New England (CHSNE) for a 60-minute walking tour of public murals in Chinatown, revealing the stories and history behind them. Following the success of our past Chinatown Mural Tours, we've decided to offer them again for a limited time only. The tour will begin at the China Trade Building at 2 Boylston Street, on the lower atrium level in front of the CHSNE office and the Chinatown Public Library.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities, Harvard Book Store, and 350 Mass welcome acclaimed writer and Notre Dame English professor ROY SCRANTON--author of War Porn and Learning to Die in the Anthropocene--for a discussion of his latest book, "We're Doomed. Now What?: Essays on War and Climate Change." An American Orwell for the age of Trump, Roy Scranton faces the unpleasant facts of our day with fierce insight and honesty. "We're Doomed. Now What?" penetrates to the very heart of our time. Our moment is one of alarming and bewildering change--the breakup of the post-1945 global order, a multispecies mass extinction, and the beginning of the end of civilization as we know it. Not one of us is innocent, not one of us is safe. Now what? The book addresses the crisis that is our time through a series of brilliant, moving, and original essays on climate change, war, literature, and loss, from one of the most provocative and iconoclastic minds of his generation.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 6:00 PM8:30 PM
The UU Urban Ministry is pleased to welcome long-time Roxbury resident, community organizer, and Civil Rights veteran Mimi Jones to facilitate a community reading series featuring works by influential women. These moving readings with audience participation will be followed by a conversation about the author's words, their place in history, and their relevance today. Event is free, dinner will be served, and all are welcome. Please join us!
Thursday, October 18, 2018 6:30 PM8:30 PM
Join Colonel Earl "The Pearl" Wederbrook, USMC (Ret) on a short trip through time to compare and contrast the occupation of Boston in 1776 with Berlin in 1945 and Baghdad in 2004. Col. Wederbrook will discuss and analyze the military, political, economic, social and moral aspects and consequences of using the military to quell civil unrest, occupy conquered territory or aid in nation building. Afterwards, join us for a reception and conversation with Col. Wederbrook, a representative of the Office of Veterans Services, and several veterans from post-9/11 deployments for an intimate discussion on what it's like being the occupier in a foreign land and how to adapt to civilian life upon return home.
Sunday, October 28, 2018 5:00 PM
Join Mass Humanities in conferring the Governor's Award upon three exemplary honorees whose public actions have been grounded in an appreciation of the humanities and have enhanced civic life in the Commonwealth. The honorees: Ellen Dunlap, David Harris, Nancy Netzer, and David Tebaldi. Reception begins at 5:00 PM, followed by dinner and The Governor's Awards in the Humanities.
Sunday, October 28, 2018 3:30 PM5:00 PM
This year's forum will explore the role of the humanities in addressing what many consider the most urgent challenge facing the world today. As our nation was founded, debates arose on how to achieve the proper balance of power between (among others) a more landed aristocracy and laboring citizens; between a central executive, a representative legislature, and the courts; between educated experts and ordinary voters; between private interests and the public good. History has proven the American system of government to be remarkably resilient managing difficult crises and serving as a model for other emerging democracies throughout the globe. Some question, however, whether our current national and international institutions can solve the looming global environmental challenges of our time. It is impossible to debate potential solutions if we cannot first define the problem. This forum will feature historians, scientists, policy makers, activists and, we hope, a cross section of the general public.
Thursday, December 6, 2018 6:00 PM8:00 PM
In the shadow of the Holocaust, what is the world's continuing responsibility to prevent genocide and mass atrocity crimes and hold accountable those who commit them? In recent decades genocide and mass atrocities have been committed in Cambodia, Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, Darfur, Libya and Syria, among other places. The world stood by and did nothing in several of these situations, but intervened in others under the UN doctrine of responsibility to protect. Today, nationalism and authoritarianism are on the rise, the US has withdrawn from human rights leadership, and support for implementing the responsibility to protect has diminished in the UN. John Shattuck is a former US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor who participated in the successful international effort to end the genocidal war in Bosnia, and helped establish the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 6:00 PM8:30 PM
The UU Urban Ministry is pleased to welcome long-time Roxbury resident, community organizer, and Civil Rights veteran Mimi Jones to facilitate a community reading series featuring works by influential women. These moving readings with audience participation will be followed by a conversation about the author's words, their place in history, and their relevance today. Event is free, dinner will be served, and all are welcome. Please join us!
  • 10 Putnam Street (use 8 John Eliot Square for parking lot)
  • Roxbury, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: 617-318-6010
  • web: www.uuum.org
  • email: ghagen@uuum.org
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 6:00 PM8:30 PM
The UU Urban Ministry is pleased to welcome long-time Roxbury resident, community organizer, and Civil Rights veteran Mimi Jones to facilitate a community reading series featuring works by influential women. These moving readings with audience participation will be followed by a conversation about the author's words, their place in history, and their relevance today. Event is free, dinner will be served, and all are welcome. Please join us!
  • 10 Putnam Street (use 8 John Eliot Square for parking lot)
  • Roxbury, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: 617-318-6010
  • web: www.uuum.org
  • email: ghagen@uuum.org
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities

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