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January 2021

Saving Our Politics, From the Ground Up

January 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONE. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR A NEW PROGRAM DATE! A roundtable on grassroots organizing that will help us navigate the years to come. Featuring ACLU lawyer Chase Strangio, New Republic staffers Nick Martin and Melissa Gira Grant, and moderated by New Republic deputy editor Katie McDonough.  This program is presented in partnership with The New Republic Tickets available now!

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February 2021

Ani DiFranco and Liz Phair in Conversation

February 4 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Widely considered a feminist icon, Grammy winner Ani DiFranco is the mother of the DIY movement, one of the first artists to create her own record label, Righteous Babe Records. Indie rocker Liz Phair, whose Exile in Guyville has been hailed as a landmark, is one of the few women artists whose work was recognized on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In celebration of their latest releases—DiFranco’s twenty-second album, Revolutionary Love, is out in January, while Phair’s…

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Brunch with Yotam Ottolenghi

February 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Yotam Ottolenghi is one of the world's most innovative chefs. The Jerusalem-born, London-based Ottolenghi became a sensation with a Guardian column focused on vegetarian cuisine. His vibrant cookbooks Plenty, Flavor, and Sweet are must-have companions for foodies and aspirants alike. Join him and arts and culture writer Rico Gagliano for a conversation about global cuisine, intergenerational cooking, and a demo that will inspire us to tackle another season of mostly-at-home culinary craftiness. Want to nab Ottolenghi’s recipe and some key…

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PEN Out Loud: R.O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell with Melissa Febos and Brandon Taylor

February 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Bestselling authors R.O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell launch their dynamic anthology of short fiction, Kink: Stories, a singular collection that illustrates “love, desire, BDSM, and sexual kinks in all their glory with a bold new vision,” featuring some of contemporary fiction’s finest writers. The two anthology editors will be joined in conversation by contributors Melissa Febos and Brandon Taylor to discuss the book’s “moving dispatches from across the sexual spectrum of interest and desires.”  Tickets are available here! Please note:…

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The Humanities Institute Presents Ajume Wingo

February 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join via Zoom:  In the Shade of Power: The Power to the Powerless Dr. AJUME H. WINGO is an Associate Professor of Political Philosophy; Associate Director of the Center for Values and Social Policies; and the Director of the Law and Philosophy Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He hails from Cameroon. He attended the Cameroon College of Arts, Science and Technology where he studied Economics, Geography and History. He also attended the University of Yaounde, Cameroon…

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PEN Out Loud: Brandon Hobson and Rebecca Makkai in Conversation

February 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

National Book Award finalist Brandon Hobson celebrates his latest novel, The Removed. Weaving together multiple first-person narrators and Cherokee folklore, the novel tells the story of a Cherokee family fifteen years after an unjust police shooting of one of the family’s three children. Hobson will be in conversation with Pulitzer Prize finalist Rebecca Makkai to discuss the novel and its “meditation on family, grief, home, and the power of stories on both a personal and ancestral level.”  Tickets are available…

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The Nature of the Future: Elizabeth Kolbert in Conversation

February 23 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A discussion on our changing planet The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction returns to humanity’s transformative impact on the environment, now asking: After doing so much damage, can we change nature, this time to save it? In Under a White Sky, Elizabeth Kolbert takes a hard look at the new world we are creating. Along the way, she meets biologists who are trying to preserve the world's rarest fish, which lives in a single tiny pool in the…

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The Humanities Institute Presents Miri Albahari

February 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join via Zoom: Miri Albahari discusses the foundations of Buddhist teaching and their philosophical implications. Dr Miri Albahari is a Philosophy Lecturer at the University of Western Australia and is the author of Analytical Buddhism: The Two-Tiered Illusion of Self. The book was converted from a Ph.D thesis that was supervised by John A. Baker at the University of Calgary. Miri teaches comparative philosophy and is building a novel consciousness-based metaphysical system for what Aldous Huxley referred to as…

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March 2021

The Humanities Institute presents Lisa Reihana and Matua Rereata Makiha

March 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join via Zoom Cultural Technologies in Māori Contexts Lisa Reihana (Ngāpuhi, Ngātihine, Ngāi Tu) is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice spans film, sculpture, costume and body adornment, text and photography. Since the 1990s Reihana has significantly influenced the development of contemporary art and contemporary Māori art in Aotearoa New Zealand. She has earned an outstanding reputation as an artist and producer where her attention to the complexities of contemporary photographic and cinema languages is expressed in myriad ways. Her…

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PEN Out Loud: Kazuo Ishiguro and Jia Tolentino

March 4 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro to celebrate the launch of Klara and the Sun, his first novel since receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature. A gripping, genre-bending story featuring Ishiguro’s characteristic restraint, the novel examines Klara, “an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities” who yearns to be the perfect companion for her future owner. Ishiguro will be joined in conversation with essayist and New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino to discuss the narrative’s themes of service, sacrifice, and what it…

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