Tagged Humanities

Bibliophiles Reading Group

Join us as we discuss some poetry and plan for 2020. Branch staff can assist you to obtain copies of the books, from the Free Library system. Are you interested in leading the discussion?  Do you have questions?  Contact Ms.…

Bibliophiles Reading Group

Join us as we discuss Becoming, by Michelle Obama. This evening's discussion led by Carolyn Coker. Branch staff can assist you to obtain copies of the books, from the Free Library system. Are you interested in leading the…

Bibliophiles Reading Group

Join us as we discuss Old in Art School:  A Memoir fo Starting Over, by Nell Painter.  Branch staff can assist you to obtain copies of the books, from the Free Library system. Are you interested in leading the discussion?…

Bibliophiles Reading Group

Join us as we discuss The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Mohsin Hamid. Tonight's discussion led by Bidisha Mukherjee. Branch staff can assist you to obtain copies of the books, from the Free Library system. Are you interested in…

Bibliophiles Reading Group

Join us as we discuss Barracoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo, by Zora Neale Hurston. Tonight's discussion led by Diana Dickerson. Branch staff can assist you to obtain copies of the books, from the Free Library system. Are you…

Bibliophiles Reading Group

Join us as we discuss Jubilee: the Emergence of African-American Culture, by Howard Dodson. Tonight's discussion led by Marjorie Trapp. Branch staff can assist you to obtain copies of the books, from the Free Library system. Are you…

Bibliophiles Reading Group

Join us as we discuss Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi. Tonight's discussion is led by Thomasene Mathis. Branch staff can assist you to obtain copies of the books, from the Free Library system. Are you interested in leading the discussion?…

Bibliophiles Reading Group

Join us as we discuss At the Dark End of the Street:  Black Women, Rape, and Resistance, by Danielle McGuire. Tonight's discussion led by Bernadette Tanksley. Branch staff can assist you to obtain copies of the books, from the…

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is an authoritative, comprehensive Web-based reference work about philosophy, useful to scholars of all levels as well as the general public. Published through Stanford University’s Center for the…

Gale Literary Sources (formerly Artemis)

Cross-search all of Gale’s literature databases from a single digital space to find biographies, primary sources, contextual reference, and criticism. Includes Dictionary of Literary Biography, Something About the Author, LitFinder,…

Barry Lopez | Horizon

Barry Lopez won the National Book Award for Arctic Dreams , a “rich, abundant, vigorously composed” ( Boston Globe ) meditation on his travels in the barren but beautiful far North. His other work includes Of Wolves and Men , Crow and…

Adam Rutherford | Humanimal: How Homo sapiens Became Nature’s Most Paradoxical Creature A New Evolutionary History

“A heady amalgam of science, history, a little bit of anthropology and plenty of nuanced, captivating storytelling” ( The New York Times Book Review ), Adam Rutherford’s A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived delves into the…

Lorrie Moore | See What Can Be Done: Essays, Criticism, and Commentary

In conversation with Jayne Anne Phillips , author of Black Tickets, Lark & Termite, Machine Dreams, and director of Rutgers University-Newark’s MFA Creative Writing Program “Fluid, cracked, mordant, colloquial” ( The New York Times Book…

Junot Díaz | Islandborn

Junot Díaz won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao , the “unruly, manic, seductive” ( Esquire ) multigenerational tale of a cursed Dominican family. He is also the…

Anna Badkhen | Fisherman’s Blues: A West African Community at Sea with Min Jin Lee | Pachinko

With an artist’s eye and a ground-level view of people in extremis across the world, writer  Anna Badkhen offers “rich and lucid prose [that] illustrates her journey as vividly as might a series of photographs” ( Christian Science…

Michio Kaku | The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth

“Erudite and compelling” ( Chicago Tribune ), theoretical physicist and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku is a renowned popularizer of science and co-founder of String Field Theory, continuing Einstein’s quest to discover a unified field theory.…

Robert Darnton | A Literary Tour de France: The World of Books on the Eve of the French Revolution

Cultural historian Robert Darnton is the author The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History . His many other books include The Business of Enlightenment , Berlin Journal , The Case for Books , and The Devil in…

Walter Isaacson | Leonardo da Vinci

Watch the video here . Released just weeks after the tech guru’s death, Walter Isaacson’s “staggering” ( The New York Times ) portrait of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs instantly became an international bestseller. Isaacson has also penned…

Adam Gopnik | At the Strangers' Gate: Arrivals in New York

Watch the video here . In conversation with Meg Wolitzer , bestselling author of The Interestings among many novels. A writer for The New Yorker for more than three decades, Adam Gopnik is the author of Paris to the Moon, Angels and…

Colum McCann | Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice

Watch the video here . In conversation with Jason Freeman, program associate, author events Colum McCann won the 2009 National Book Award for  Let the Great World Spin , a tale of 1970s New Yorkers marveling at a tightrope walker’s…

Kory Stamper | Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

Watch the video here . A lexicographer for the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Kory Stamper discusses the subtleties of the English language in the venerable volume’s popular “Ask the Editor” video series. Her writing has appeared in The…

David Salle | How to See: Looking, Talking, and Thinking about Art

One of the principal definers of postmodern art, painter David Salle is one of the last four decades’ most celebrated artists. Known for paintings and prints of what seem to be indiscriminately overlaid found images from a variety of…

Bryan Cranston | A Life in Parts

In conversation with Jason Freeman Bryan Cranston won four Emmys, a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, and a Critics’ Choice Award for his role as milquetoast-chemistry-teacher-turned-Scarface-of-meth Walter White in Breaking Bad . His other…

Ruth Scurr | John Aubrey: My Own Life

Esteemed Cambridge literary critic and historian Ruth Scurr is the author of 2006’s Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution , named by The Times of London as one of the 100 Best Books of the Decade. Her reviews regularly…

Fitzgerald at 120: A Panel on F. Scott Fitzgerald's Life and Legacy

On the eve of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 120th birthday, join us as we’re “ceaselessly borne into the past” in a celebration of the Lost Generation author of The Great Gatsby , The Last Tycoon , and Tender Is the Night . Panelists include…

A Conversation with Jerry Pinkney

Join us for a celebration of Jerry Pinkney Day! One of the most beloved artists in children’s literature, Jerry Pinkney has illustrated more than 100 books over the course of his five-decade career. The recipient of the 2010 Caldecott…

Benny Golson | Whisper Not: The Autobiography of Benny Golson

Saxophonist and composer Benny Golson learned his instrument and the vocabulary of jazz while still in high school in Philadelphia. Over the course of an illustrious 60-year career, he has recorded more than 30 albums, written well over…

Alain de Botton | The Course of Love

“With originality, verve, and wit” ( San Francisco Chronicle ), Alain de Botton’s internationally bestselling nonfiction books examine love, work, friendship, travel, and the other fundamentals of everyday life. These works include On…

Chuck Klosterman | But What If We’re Wrong: Thinking about the Present as If It Were the Past

Offering up “great facts, interesting cultural insights, and thought-provoking moral calculations” ( New York Magazine ), Chuck Klosterman scrutinized pop culture, music, and sports with humor and unbounded imagination as “The Ethicist”…

Moby | Porcelain: A Memoir

“One of the most important dance music figures of the early ’90s” ( AllMusic ), electronica legend Moby has created eleven studio albums—including Ambient , Hotel , 18 , and Play —that have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. He…