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Why Read Books?

Seth Lerer and Leah Price with Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

Thursday, February 22, 2007 | 7:30 - 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

At a time when people express concern about the fate of the book, we join three virtuoso scholars—Seth Lerer, Leah Price, and Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht—who are intimately familiar with the life of the mind nurtured by the bound printed word. How has the book changed history? Are engagements with books different from engagements with other media? How do new technologies transform the way we think and learn? What is happening to life and learning as attention shifts from page to screen? What is gained and what is lost if we neglect interaction through books?

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Spirituality and Social Change:
An Interfaith Roundtable

Prof. Susannah Heschel, Imam Zaid Shakir, Rev. Dr. Heng Sure and Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock
Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann

Thursday, January 25, 2007 | 7:30 - 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

In January 2007, Stanford’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute published Advocate of the Social Gospel, volume VI of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. This unique thematic volume of the King Papers Project features King’s never-before published sermon file. To celebrate this publication and probe the meaning of Dr. King’s preaching, we present an interfaith roundtable that focuses on the relation of spiritual practice and social change.
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An Evening with the Kitchen Sisters

Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva with Alan Acosta

Thursday, December 7, 2006 | 7:30 - 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

The Kitchen Sisters—Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva—have been producing radio programs since 1979. With Jay Allison, they are the creators of two Peabody Award-winning series on National Public Radio: Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project. Their new, critically acclaimed series, Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes and More, features interviews with amateur cooks who use unconventional methods to prepare strange food in surprising places throughout the United States.

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The Truth of War

Chris Hedges and Anthony Swofford with David Spiegel

Thursday, October 26, 2006 | 7:30 - 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

What are immediate and long-term effects of experiencing combat firsthand? In this conversation we probe this question as Chris Hedges, a veteran war correspondent, and Anthony Swofford, a former U.S. Marine Corps sniper, describe memories they would each rather forget. The truths they report are often hidden from public view, for they profoundly challenge the romantic mythology of war. The truth of war makes clear the sacrifice demanded of those sent to fight. Soldiers, their families, caregivers, and taxpaying citizens should not to be deceived about what awaits those caught in a military process that brings them face-to-face with incomprehensible violence. How might knowledge of the truth of war help to heal war’s wounds?
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Making Connections:
Photographic Storytellers from Around the World

Saiful Huq (Bangladesh), Larry McNeil (Tlingit Nation), Peter Magubane (South Africa), Andy Patrick (FiftyCrows Foundation), Sandra Sebastián Pedro (Guatemala),Chris Rainier (National Geographic Society), and Newsha Tavakolian (Iran)

Tuesday, October 3, 2006 | 7:30 - 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

The National Geographic Society’s All Roads Photography Program recognizes and supports talented indigenous and underrepresented storytellers from around the world who are documenting their changing cultures and communities through photography. The program provides a forum for photographers to showcase their work to a global audience with the opportunity to engage and experience, firsthand, the unique and essential voices of these artists through exhibitions, public discussions and workshops.
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