Sebastian Copeland discusses “Antarctica: The Waking Giant” with special guests

Antarctica’s ice sheet is a powerful entity, alive and dynamic. It is up to three million years old; its mass is constantly and imperceptibly moving, finally calving to the sea. Deep in the heart of the continent is a barren desert of snow, while the coast teems with life: the dominion of whales, birds, penguins, and seals, which had previously evolved outside of human contact.

CANCELED | Adam Kirsch, in conversation with Abe Socher, discusses “The Blessing And The Curse: The Jewish People And Their Books In The Twentieth Century”

November 23 @ 6:00 pm

Note: this event has been canceled.

Following The People and the Books, which “covers more than 2,500 years of highly variegated Jewish cultural expression” (Robert Alter, New York Times Book Review), poet and literary critic Adam Kirsch now turns to the story of modern Jewish literature. From the vast emigration of Jews out of Eastern Europe to the Holocaust to the creation of Israel, the twentieth century transformed Jewish life. The same was true of Jewish writing: the novels, plays, poems, and memoirs of Jewish writers provided intimate access to new worlds of experience.

Online! Philip Lopate discusses THE GLORIOUS AMERICAN ESSAY

November 19 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

A monumental, canon-defining anthology of three centuries of American essays, from Cotton Mather and Benjamin Franklin to David Foster Wallace and Zadie Smith.

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November 19, 2020
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Tom Zoellner, in conversation with Tod Goldberg, discusses “The National Road: Dispatches from a Changing America”

What does it mean when a nation accustomed to moving begins to settle down, when political discord threatens unity, and when technology disrupts traditional ways of building communities? Is a shared soil enough to reinvigorate a national spirit? From the embattled newsrooms of small town newspapers to the pornography film sets of the Los Angeles basin, from the check-out lanes of Dollar General to the holy sites of Mormonism, from the nation’s highest peaks to the razed remains of a cherished home, like a latter-day Woody Guthrie, Tom Zoellner takes to the highways and byways of a vast land in search of the soul of its people.