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Celebrating Binyavanga Wainaina's Fiction
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
12:00 p.m. ESD
This conversation takes place on the occasion of the republication of his first short story, “Binguni!” (1996), by Boston Review's Arts in Society project and The Against Nature Journal, and aims to initiate a critical revival of Wainaina's fiction.
Oris Aigbokhaevbolo won the 2015 All Africa Music Award for Journalism. He has contributed to a range of publications, including the London Review of Books, Catapult, the New York Review of Books, Chimurenga, the Africa Report, and the Guardian.
Aruni Kashyap is a writer and translator from Assam. He is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Georgia.
Neo Sinoxolo Musangi is an independent queer feminist whose work-life is in art, academia and creative writing. The bulk of their work dwells on uncertainty, imagining freedom/s, nodes in nightmares, memory and failure. They are currently working on a monograph tentatively titled, Public Sex: Failure and post|colonial mediocrity in the biographical archive.
Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor is an award-winning writer from Nairobi, Kenya. She is the author of the novels Dust and The Dragonfly Sea.
Sigrid Rausing is Editor and Publisher of Granta magazine and Publisher of Granta Books. She is the author of History, Memory and Identity in Post-Soviet Estonia and the memoirs Everything Is Wonderful and Mayhem.
Hosted by Aimar Arriola, Adam McGee, Ed Pavlić, Achal Prabhala, and Giulia Tognon
Writing Our Ancestors
Thursday, March 11, 2021
7:00 p.m. EST
Harvard Book Store's virtual author series and Boston Review welcome celebrated writers Sonia Sanchez (Robert Frost Medal), Tyehimba Jess (Pulitzer Prize), and Domenica Ruta (New York Times bestselling author of With or Without You), as well as Boston Review 2020 contest winners Cheswayo Mphanza and Yeoh Jo-Ann for a night of readings to celebrate the release of our new literary anthology, Ancestors. Moderated by arts editor Adam McGee and contributing arts editors Ed Pavlić and Ivelisse Rodriguez.
Tickets to this event are free. Support this author series by making a suggested $3 donation to Harvard Book Store upon registration or by purchasing a copy of Ancestors ahead of the event.
Where Do We Go From Here: A Fundraiser for Black Lives
Sunday July 12, 2020
Harvard Book Store's virtual event series and Boston Review welcome celebrated scholars Elizabeth Hinton, Robin D. G. Kelley, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, and Cornel West for a panel discussion of the Black Lives Matter movement and the ongoing work of dismantling white supremacy in America. This panel will be moderated by Brandon Terry, Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and Social Studies at Harvard University.
Join Harvard Book Store, Boston Review, and this panel of nationally-renowned academics, authors, and cultural critics for a discussion of not only where we are and how we got here, but where we must go to secure a racially just future.
All proceeds generated from the sale of books—and from audience donations upon registration—will be divided equally and distributed to three fundraising organizations selected by our panelists:
Free event—$3 donation suggested to support the organizations listed above.
MARTHA C. NUSSBAUM — The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis
Tuesday September 4, 2018
6:30 p.m. (doors at 6:00)
Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
Harvard Book Store and Boston Review welcome distinguished philosopher and professor MARTHA C. NUSSBAUM for a discussion of her new book The Monarchy of Fear, in which turns her attention to the current political crisis that has polarized America since the 2016 election.
Although today’s atmosphere is marked by partisanship, divisive rhetoric, and the inability of two halves of the country to communicate with one another, Nussbaum focuses on what so many pollsters and pundits have overlooked. She sees a simple truth at the heart of the problem: the political is always emotional. Globalization has produced feelings of powerlessness in millions of people in the West. That sense of powerlessness bubbles into resentment and blame; blame of immigrants, blame of Muslims, blame of other races, blame of cultural elites. While this politics of blame is exemplified by the election of Donald Trump and the vote for Brexit, Nussbaum argues it can be found on all sides of the political spectrum, left or right.
Free event—no ticket required.
Presidential First Use of Nuclear Weapons: Is It Legal? Is It Constitutional? Is It Just?
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Harvard Science Center, Hall C
1 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA
Nuclear weapons strategy in the United States is designed around “presidential first use,” an arrangement that enables one man, the president, to kill and maim many millions of people in a single afternoon. What legal or philosophical principle differentiates the moral harm or moral wrong that would be attributed to a terrorist, non-state actor or hacker who delivered a nuclear weapon from a presidential launch of a nuclear weapon? The conference will bring together international and constitutional scholars and statesmen to examine the nature of presidential first use in the United States, as well as parallel arrangements in the other eight nuclear states.
To view full event details and to complete the free conference registration, visit the official event page.
Bernie Sanders Discusses Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In
Friday, March 31, 2017
Kresge Auditorium, MIT
48 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139
At an event presented by Harvard Book Store, Boston Review, and the MIT Department of Political Science, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders will discuss his experiences as a presidential candidate and his thoughts about the political process. His talk will be based in part on the ideas presented in his latest book, Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In. As a part of the evening's presentation, Senator Sanders will be joined on-stage for a Q&A moderated by Archon Fung, Academic Dean and Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship at the Harvard Kennedy School.
For full details, visit the event page on Harvard Book Store's website.
Poems for Political Disaster: An Evening of Readings from a Boston Review Chapbook
Monday, January 30, 2017
Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway Cambridge, MA 02138
Harvard Book Store and Boston Review present readings by Lucie Brock-Broido, Peter Gizzi, Jorie Graham, Ricardo Maldonado, Nathan Xavier Osorio, Monica Youn, and more from Poems for Political Disaster, a new Boston Review chapbook featuring both new poems and selections from our archive that record, refract, subvert, or otherwise respond to political trauma, catastrophe, or terror—both here at home and abroad. The evening will be hosted by Boston Review poetry editor B.K. Fischer.
Poems for Political Disaster is a new chapbook from Boston Review which includes an introduction by U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera as well as poems from Mary Jo Bang, Calvin Bedient, Shane McCrae, Khadijah Queen, Ange Mlinko, Wendy Xu, Craig Santos Perez, and Joshua Clover, as well as many others.
The event is free; no tickets are required.
Greater Boston WRITERS RESIST
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Rabb Hall, Boston Public Library
Entrance at 700 Boylston Street
Sunday, January 15th is the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr, and on that day—five days before Donald Trump takes his oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution—hundreds of Greater Boston residents will come together to re-inaugurate their shared commitment to the rights and values that are essential to American democracy.
Greater Boston Writers Resist will feature readings and performances by authors, artists, young writers, and special guests. In resistance to the divisive and increasingly hostile political climate, this event will re-affirm the unifying democratic pillars now under threat, such as freedom of expression, freedom of the press, freedom of worship, equality, and diversity. This event is free to all.
Participants in the program include Rob Arnold, Jabari Asim, Liana Asim, James Carroll, Martha Collins, Chris Cooper, Laura van den Berg, Danielle Legros Georges, Jennifer Haigh, Rachel Kadish, Helen Elaine Lee, Giles Li, Jennifer De Leon, Marianne Leone, Pablo Medina, Alma Richeh, Paul Yoon, young writers from the Greater Boston area, and special guests.
Greater Boston Writers Resist is independently organized and co-sponsored by Boston Review, The Critical Flame, PEN New England, Beacon Press, Aforementioned Productions, AGNI, Arrowsmith Press, Black Ocean, Blacksmith House Poetry Series, the Center for Arabic Culture, the City of Boston’s Office of New Bostonians and the Office of the Poet Laureate, CONSEQUENCE Magazine, the Dominican Development Center, the Greater Boston Latino Network, Grub Street, Harvard Bookstore, Harvard Review, Louder than a Bomb, Mass LEAP, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, Memorious, Ploughshares, The Poets’ Theater, PoemWorks, Post Road, Salamander, and the UMASS-Boston Creative Writing MFA.
Writers Resist demonstrations will take place on January 15 in more than fifty cities across three continents, an international counter-inaugural demonstration.
Election Forum: Whose Vote Matters?
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Kirsch Auditorium MIT 32-123
32 Vassar St, Cambridge, MA
Join Boston Review as well as the MIT Department of Political Science, MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Science, and the Class of 1971 Kent State Memorial Fund for an exciting and timely forum on race, election access, and voter rights. Light refreshments will be served.
Charles Stewart III (MIT)
Ariel White (MIT)
Rahsaan Maxwell (UNC Chapel Hill)
No Justice, No Peace: Race and Power in America
Monday, October 17, 2016
First Parish Church, 1446 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
Please join us for a very special "Ethics in Your World" Book Series event at the Cambridge Forum featuring Tommie Shelby, Elizabeth Hinton, and Khalil Gibran Muhammad in conversation with Danielle Allen.
Tommie Shelby, Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform
Elizabeth Hinton, From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making
of Mass Incarceration in America
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the
Making of Modern Urban America
Featuring a facilitated discussion with three authors who have recent publications on the complex issues of race and structural injustice, and the steps that citizens and governments can take to find practical solutions to problems such as mass incarceration, extreme poverty in disadvantaged communities, and problematic notions of black criminality.
This Cambridge Forum event is a collaboration with Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard Book Store, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University Press, and Boston Review.
This event is free and open to the public; no ticket required. Books will be available for sale at the event.
Danielle Allen at Harvard Book Store
"Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Contest Winners' Reading
Monday, May 9 at 8:15 p.m.
1395 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10128
Join 92Y and Boston Review for a reading by the winners of the "Discovery" 2016 Poetry Contest (contest details here). For more details on the event and to purchase tickets, visit 92Y's event page.
Poetry Reading and Signing at Cambridge Public Library
Wednesday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Join Boston Review along with Harvard Book Store at Cambridge Public Library for a poetry reading and signing featuring some of contemporary poetry's most prominent figures. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will likely be popular, so we recommend showing up early for optimal seating. Boston Review will be there to meet attendees and to offer a complimentary copy of our latest issue when attendees sign up for our e-newsletter. The event is free and open to the public.
Poets in Attendance:
Anne-Marie Slaughter at the Brattle Theatre
Tuesday November 3 at 6:00 p.m.
Harvard Book Store, Boston Review, and WAM!: Women, Action, and the Media join to welcome president and CEO of the New America Foundation, Anne-Marie Slaughter, for a discussion of her book, Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family, a thought-provoking examination of the struggle for equality in the workplace and the home in the 21st century.
In her new book, she outlines her vision for what true equality between men and women means and how we can reach that goal. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit the Harvard Book Store event page.
Saturday, October 24 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Boston Review at the 2015 Boston Book Festival in Copley Square
Thursday October 8, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Roberta Kaplan at the Brattle Theatre
Friday September 18, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
Daniel Geary and Benjamin Hedin: The Moynihan Report and Civil Rights
Thursday February 26 @ 6 p.m.
“‘The Lip of the Flamingo': Poetry and the Misuse of Language”
A poetry lecture by Timothy Donnelly.
Edison Newman Room, Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
Tuesday, November 11 @ 4:30 p.m.
A forum featuring Reed Hundt, Michael Dearing, and Jennifer Granick
co-sponsored by the Stanford McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society
Because of Edward Snowden’s remarkable public service, we know that the National Security Agency, with the cooperation of some large firms, has amassed an unprecedented database of personal information. The ostensible goal in collecting that information is to protect national security. The effect, according to Reed Hundt, is to undermine democracy.
Hundt—chair of the Federal Communications Commission under President Clinton and early champion of the Internet—argues that the law and traditional checks on political power have not kept pace with the digital realm. How should we respond? Hundt proposes a new compact that encourages citizens to use encryption to protect their information and offers government support for technologies and legislation that enable self-protection. Moreover, the government would have to rely on tried-and-true practices of the criminal justice system, not secret backdoors, to police encrypted digital space.
McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society
for more details visit their Web site.
Thursday September 25, 2014 @ 6:00 p.m.
An MIT / Boston Review Forum
Couldn't make it? Read our recap here.
There is much to learn from the historic revolt of Market Basket employees and customers that saved its successful business model—featuring low prices and high quality jobs—and brought Arthur T. Demoulas back in control of the company. This MIT / Boston Review Forum brought together experts in leadership, corporate governance, finance, marketing, operations, and labor to discuss the key lessons learned and how to put them to work in teaching and practice and hear directly from people at Market Basket who made it all happen.
We invited students, faculty, staff at MIT and sister universities and members of the public to join us and offer their ideas on what this case means for the future of American business and the education of future leaders.
Featured in this event were:
· Curt Nickisch, WBUR Public Radio Business and Technology Reporter
· MIT Professors Deborah Ancona, Andrea Campbell, Renee Gosline, Tom Kochan, Robert McKersie, Andrew Lo, and Zeynep Ton
· Harvard Professor Marshall Ganz
· CEO of Ownership Associates Christopher Mackin
· AFCSME Organizer Kris Rondeau
· Market Basket Executives
MIT Tang Center
2 Amherst Street
Monday September 22, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public, this event is co-sponsored by Harvard Book Store, Black Ocean, and Boston Review.
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Thursday May 1, 2014
Matt Taibbi and Robin Young discuss The Divide
Harvard Book Store and Boston Review welcome contributing editor for Rolling Stone Matt Taibbi and award-winning host of NPR's "Here and Now" Robin Young for a discussion of Taibbi's newest book, The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap.
Over the last two decades, America has been falling deeper and deeper into a statistical mystery: Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles. Fraud by the rich wipes out 40 percent of the world’s wealth. The rich get massively richer. No one goes to jail.
In search of a solution, journalist Matt Taibbi discovered the Divide, the seam in American life where our two most troubling trends—growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration—come together, driven by a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our basic rights are now determined by our wealth or poverty. The Divide is what allows massively destructive fraud by the hyperwealthy to go unpunished, while turning poverty itself into a crime—but it’s impossible to see until you look at these two alarming trends side by side.
Taibbi takes us to the front lines of the immigrant dragnet; into the newly punitive welfare system which treats its beneficiaries as thieves; and deep inside the stop-and-frisk world, where standing in front of your own home has become an arrestable offense. As he narrates these incredible stories, he draws out and analyzes their common source: a perverse new standard of justice, based on a radical, disturbing new vision of civil rights.
First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Purchase your $5 ticket from Harvard Book Store.
Includes a coupon for $5 off the book!
Thursday April 24, 2014
Senator Elizabeth Warren:
A Fighting Chance
Harvard Book Store and Boston Review welcome Senator Elizabeth Warren for a discussion of her forthcoming memoir, A Fighting Chance.
A Fighting Chance is Senator Warren's personal story of her rise from a working class family in Oklahoma to the United States Senate, where she is the senior senator from Massachusetts. The book is a rousing call for protecting the middle class—the backbone of America—and for building a stronger country. It includes her work in the Senate and her improbable campaign to get there; her fight to establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; her effort to expose the truth behind the $700 billion bank bailout; and her battles with lobbyists over bankruptcy regulations. Through stories of hope and triumph, the book shows how Americans can wake up a government that has too often been consumed by special interests.
First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Saturday March 1, 2014
AWP Conference Off-Site Reading:
Amy King and Tyler Mills
with Anomalous Press, Gold Line Press, Ricochet Editions, and Rose Metal Press
The Freehold Theater
Featuring Amy King and Tyler Mills for Boston Review; Steve Bradbury for Anomalous Press; Iver Arnegard and Cynthia Marie Hoffman for Gold Line Press; Elizabeth J. Colen, Miriam Bird Greenberg, and Harmony Holliday for Ricochet; Kim Henderson and Gregory Robinson for Rose Metal Press. Free and open to the public.
Thursday March 20–Friday March 21, 2014
The Landscape Listens:
the Voices of Women in American Poetry
with Sonia Sanchez, Robert Pinsky, Lucie Brock-Broido, Jericho Brown, Marie Howe, Vijay Seshadri, Jane Shore, Henri Cole, CD Wright, Afaa Weaver, and others
The Poetry Society of America 2014 national series The Voices of Women in American Poetry celebrates the immense achievement of a wide range of poets, from Phillis Wheatley and Anne Bradstreet to Adrienne Rich and Lucille Clifton. Distinguished contemporary poets—both male and female—will gather in five cities around the country to discuss an important female predecessor and her influence on their life and work. The series will launch with a one-and-a-half day festival in Boston, co-sponsored by Boston University as well as Boston Review, featuring readings and panel discussions by poets Sonia Sanchez, Robert Pinsky, Lucie Brock-Broido, Jericho Brown,Marie Howe, Vijay Seshadri, Jane Shore, Henri Cole, CD Wright, Afaa Weaver, and others.
Wednesday, January 15
The Syria Dilemma
A panel including Danny Postel and Nader Hashemi
Sponsored by Teaching for Change and Busboys & Poets
2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Thursday, February 27
The Uses of Black Political Thought
A panel featuring Nick Bromell, Rev Eugene Rivers, and Brandon M Terry
Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
Monday November 18, 2013
Noam Chomsky: What is Anarchism?
introduced by Nathan Schneider
Noam Chomsky, world-renowned public intellectual and MIT Professor emeritus, will discuss the reasoning behind his fearless lifelong questioning of the legitimacy of entrenched power. Chomsky’s anarchism is distinctly optimistic and egalitarian. It is a living, evolving tradition, situated in a historical lineage, which emphasizes the power of collective, rather than individualist, action.
This event is based on the topic of Noam Chomsky's new volume, On Anarchism, available from New Press. Nathan Schneider—editor of Waging Nonviolence and author of Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse—will introduce Chomsky and moderate the Q&A.
MIT E51-115, Wong Auditorium
entrance via Amherst Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
Free and open to the public
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 @ 4:30 pm
The Case for Climate Engineering
David Keith, with Kenneth Oye and Stephen Van Evera
MIT 32-155 (Stata Center)
32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
Free and open to the public
Climate engineering—which could slow the pace of global warming by injecting reflective particles into the upper atmosphere—has emerged in recent years as an extremely controversial technology. And for good reason: it carries unknown risks and it may undermine commitments to energy conservation. Some critics also view it as an immoral human breach of the natural world. The latter objection, David Keith argues, is groundless; we have been using technology to alter our environment for years. But he agrees that there are large issues at stake. On October 30, Keith, Oye, and Van Evra will discuss the possibility of and obstacles to climate engineering. This event is based on the topic of David Keith's new BR Book, A Case for Climate Engineering, available soon from MIT Press.
David Keith is a Harvard Professor of Physics, Applied Sciences, and Public Policy, and Kenneth Oye and Steven Van Evra are MIT Professors of Political Science.
This is an Ideas Matter event, a joint project of Boston Review and MIT’s Political Science Department that brings BR writers together with other experts and practitioners for substantive debate on the challenges of our times.
Chris Hedges, Debra Satz, J. Phillip Thompson, Nadeem Mazen
Access via 60 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Boston Review has closely followed the Occupy movement and we welcome both the attention it has drawn to societal problems as well as its potential to re-democratize American politics.
On Thursday, December 6th, Debra Satz, director of the Stanford Center for Ethics in Society, leads a panel discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, MIT Professor of Urban Studies and Planning J. Phillip Thompson, and Occupy Boston participant Nadeem Mazen, on the state and future of the Occupy movement. The panel will be moderated by MIT Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy Sally Haslanger.
Dr. Kerry Emanuel, author of What We Know About Climate Change
MIT Wong Auditorium (in the Tang Center)
70 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02142
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Dr. Kerry Emanuel, one of America’s leading experts on climate change and severe weather, will discuss recent severe weather events, the politics of climate change, as well as his Boston Review Book, What We Know About Climate Change.
“Emanuel’s words are measured and authoritative. His book should help reduce the huge gap between what is understood by the scientific community and what is known by the people who need to know, the public and policymakers.”
—James Hansen, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Islam in America
John Bowen and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, with Christopher Lydon
Bartos Theater, MIT E15 Atrium level
20 Ames Street
Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 4–5:30 p.m.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, author of Moving the Mountain, and Professor John Bowen, author of the new Boston Review Book Blaming Islam, join Boston Review and the MIT Political Science Department for a discussion of the state of Islam in the United States, moderated by Christopher Lydon.