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Romance in the Information Age

New Atlantis editor Christine Rosen, actor Johnny Lee  Davenport, and art historian Curt DeCamillo tackle the issue of how our social media and personal technologies influence our emotions. Friendships and love affairs were once the glorious domain of pen and  paper, where lovers poured out their souls. Now they have become mere  electronic transactions executed and […]

The Dream Machine – March 9

Join us on March 9 to hear Princeton University professor and author of Undocumented Dan-El Padilla Peralta share the story of his own American dream journey.  His life has taken him from the Dominican Republic to a  New York City homeless shelter as an undocumented immigrant, and eventually rising to the top of his Princeton class. What obstacles […]

How Storytelling Shaped the History of the World

Stories are much more than entertainment— they shape our world. They’ve inspired the rise and fall of empires and nations, sparked our understandings of basic political and philosophical concepts, and have given rise to religious beliefs. From Mesopotamia to the moon landing, storytelling and words have shaped the history of the world. Martin Puchner’s latest […]

Race Still Matters

Political activist, author and Harvard University professor Cornel West speaks on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his national best-seller Race Matters. First published in 1993 following the L.A. riots, the book has since become a groundbreaking classic on race in America. Race Matters speaks to despair, black conservatism, myths about black sexuality, the crisis in leadership […]

Columbus: The Four Voyages

Biographer Laurence  Bergreen retraces the voyages of Christopher Columbus, placing the 15th century explorer into the context of the Age of Discovery. What were the political, moral, and economic costs of his four voyages? How significant was his achievement in his own time?  What accounts for his lasting fame? Recorded November 2, 2011 [Audio clip: view full […]

Deadly Double Helix

Danielle Allen, Director of the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard,  discusses her new memoir “CUZ”. The book documents the events which conspired to cause the untimely death of her young cousin, Michael, on the streets of Los Angeles in 2009. A “deadly double helix” of narcotics and street gangs ultimately entrapped her cousin, as […]

Rwandan Women Rising

Swanee Hunt speaks about her experiences in Rwanda from her new book Rwandan Women Rising which follows the story of the women who worked for peace after the genocide in 1994.  Today 64% of the seats in the Rwandan parliament are held by elected women, a number unrivaled by any other nation. Swanee Hunt chairs the […]

Exceptional America

What divides Americans from the world and from each other? Stanford Law professor Mugambi Jouet discusses his new book Exceptional America which tackles why Americans are far more divided than other Westerners over basic issues, including wealth inequality, health care, climate change, evolution, gender roles, abortion, gay rights, sex, gun control, mass incarceration, the death penalty, torture, […]

Let Them Eat Dirt!

LET THEM EAT DIRT! Are we living in an over-sanitized world? Brett Finlay PhD., a microbiologist at the University of British Columbia and world leader on understanding how bacterial infections work, talks about his new book “Let Them Eat Dirt”, in which he questions whether our hyper-vigilant hygiene practices are helping or hurting our health. […]

Loneliness in the Digital Age

Loneliness may be one of the most urgent issues facing American society. In this 2-part forum, we attempt to unravel some of the causes of this pernicious condition and consider the ways to ward off, or at least alleviate, the curse of loneliness. Recorded December 7, 2016 With the help of four great minds from different disciplines, we […]


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