Sugar is being called the new tobacco. Recent revelations exposed the sugar industry’s backroom cover-up of the harmful effects of this pervasive ingredient. Decades ago scientists were paid thousands of dollars to mislead the public into believing that fat should be avoided, when in fact, sugar causes a multitude of health problems and behavioral issues. Diabetes is more prevalent today than ever before and obesity is at epidemic proportions, especially amongst children. In The Case Against Sugar, science writer Gary Taubes (Why We Get Fat) delves into America’s history with sugar. He explains what research has shown about our addiction to sweets. He clarifies the arguments against sugar, corrects misconceptions about its relationship to weight; and provides perspective for making informed decisions about it.
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Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Cay Johnston may know Donald Trump better than any other working journalist, having first profiled the forty-fifth president in 1988 and tracked him ever since. He was the first to write about a potential Trump presidency when Trump announced his campaign in June 2015, and we turn to him now for a comprehensive examination of the first one hundred days of Donald Trump’s presidency in his book 'It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America'. He provides unique insight about the actions the new administration is quietly approving without drawing the attention of the Washington press corps, and examines phenomena the mainstream press stopped covering years ago. Join Johnston for a deep exposition of the workings of federal government agencies as they affect the lives of all Americans: from our wallets, to our health care, to our safety. David Cay Johnston is a journalist, author, and winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting. He has chronicled Donald Trump’s conduct in his books: Temples of Chance and the New York Times bestseller The Making of Donald Trump. He has been called “One of America’s most important journalists” by The Washington Monthly, and he has acted as an uncredited source of documents and insight for major campaign reports by The Washington Post, The New York Times, Bloomberg, and network television. Presented by Town Hall Seattle as part of the Civics series.
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Award-winning theoretical physicist and bestselling author Lawrence Krauss (The Physics of Star Trek, A Universe From Nothing) is not afraid to court controversy. In 2015, he made waves when he published an essay in The New Yorker with the headline: “All Scientists Should be Militant Atheists.” He also stormed out of a 2013 London debate entitled: “Islam or Atheism: Which Makes More Sense?” because the audience was segregated by gender in keeping with Muslim traditions. Krauss found this untenable. He later returned to the stage and shared his opinion that this sort of religious observance was inappropriate at a public college. In his new book, The Greatest Story Ever Told—So Far: Why Are We Here? Krauss explores the furthest reaches of space and time and the natural forces that govern our existence. He challenges us to re-envision ourselves and our place within the universe.
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Harvard-graduated U.S. Senator Al Franken has served as an outspoken congressman for his home state of Minnesota since 2008, but many of us know him best from his days making us laugh as Stuart Smalley, among others, on Saturday Night Live. In his new memoir, Senator Franken shares the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that. He takes his fans along with him from SNL to the campaign trail, inside the halls of Congress, and behind the scenes of some of the most dramatic and hilarious moments of his new career in politics. He shares his observations of our deeply polarized, frequently depressing, occasionally inspiring political culture, from his view inside the belly of the beast.
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Every day we face a growing epidemic of stress that is damaging to our physical and emotional health. While there is no one single cure, a simple practice dramatically changes how we respond to stress and life’s challenges: the Transcendental Meditation technique. Bob Roth, a world authority on Transcendental Meditation for forty-five years, joins us to present wisdom from his book Strength In Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation. He is joined onstage by Oscar-nominated filmmaker David Lynch, founder of the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace. Together they outline meditation’s scientifically proven benefits—improved focus, sleep, resilience, creativity, and memory to name a few—and demonstrate how this five-thousand-year-old technique can have a clear and direct impact on our very modern problems. They highlight the three distinct types of meditation—focused attention, open monitoring, and self-transcending—and showcase the evidence that the third, Transcendental Meditation, is the most effective and efficient way to reduce stress, access inner power, and build resilience. Join Roth and Lynch for a simple, practical, and straightforward guide to the healing and stress-reducing potential of Transcendental Meditation. Bob Roth is one of the most experienced and sought-after meditation teachers in the world, with 45 years experience teaching Transcendental Meditation to billionaire CEOs, Hollywood celebrities, combat-scarred veterans, and inner-city youth. He currently serves as the CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, and also directs the Center for Leadership Performance. Bob is the host of the SiriusXM radio show, Success Without Stress, and speaks frequently about the science of meditation to industry leaders at such gatherings as Google Zeitgeist, Aspen Ideas Festival, Wisdom2.0, and Summit. Three-time Oscar-nominated director David Lynch is among the leading filmmakers of our era. From the early seventies to the present day, Lynch’s popular and critically acclaimed film projects, which include Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Wild at Heart, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, INLAND EMPIRE, and Twin Peaks are internationally considered to have broken down the wall between art-house cinema and Hollywood moviemaking. He is founder and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace.
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How do we keep ourselves from losing faith in our country? Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Chris Hedges takes Town Hall’s stage for a provocative examination of America in crisis—in the form of his book 'America: The Farewell Tour'. America, says Hedges, is convulsed by an array of pathologies that have arisen out of a profound malaise of hopelessness. These have resulted in an epidemic of diseases of despair and a civil society that has ceased to function. Hedges asserts that the opioid crisis, the rise of magical thinking, the celebration of sadism, and a host of other ills are the physical manifestations of a society ravaged by corporate pillage and a failed democracy. Join Hedges for a sobering discussion of the changing landscape of our country—and a poignant cry from communities across America that seeks to jolt us out of complacency while there is still time. Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former foreign correspondent for fifteen years for The New York Times where he served as the Middle East Bureau Chief and Balkan Bureau Chief. He previously worked overseas for The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor, and NPR. He writes a weekly column for the online magazine Truthdig out of Los Angeles and is host of the Emmy Award–winning RT America show “On Contact.” He is the author of the bestsellers American Fascists, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, and was a National Book Critics Circle finalist for War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. Presented by Town Hall Seattle and Seattle University.
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The United States has long been the global leader in Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Kai-Fu Lee—one of the world’s most respected experts on AI—reveals that China has suddenly caught up to the US at an astonishingly rapid pace. He joins us with insight from his provocative book AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order to envision China and the US forming a powerful duopoly in AI—one that is based on each nation’s unique and traditional cultural inclinations. Dr. Lee predicts that Chinese and American AI will have a stunning impact on traditional blue-collar industries—and a devastating effect on white-collar professions. He outlines how millions of suddenly displaced workers will need to find new ways to make their lives meaningful, and how government policies will have to deal with the unprecedented inequality between the haves and the have-nots. Join Lee for a sobering prognosis on the future of global advances in AI and the profound changes coming to our world sooner than we think.
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The genomic revolution is transforming our understanding of modern humans. Geneticists like David Reich have made astounding advances in genomics, which is proving to be as important a field as archeology or linguistics for understanding our ancestry. Reich arrives at Town Hall to enlighten us with provocative research and unparalleled scientific studies that have yielded revolutionary findings—compiled in his book Who We Are and How We Got Here. He reveals the hidden story of our species, offering insight on DNA studies that reveal deep inequalities among different populations, between the sexes, and among individuals. Reich suggests that there might very well be biological differences among human populations—many of which are unlikely to conform to common stereotypes. Join Reich for a captivating glimpse into the origins of humankind, and a chance to apply the genetic findings of the past to our lives today. David Reich is Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, with a reputation as one of the world’s leading pioneers in analyzing ancient human DNA. In a 2015 article in Nature, he was named one of ten people who matter in all of the sciences for his contribution to transforming ancient DNA data “from niche pursuit to industrial process.” Awards he has received include the Newcomb Cleveland Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as the Dan David Prize in the Archaeological and Natural Sciences for his computational discovery of intermixing between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens. Presented by Town Hall Seattle.
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Societies and nations undergo virtuous cycles that reinforce and build the common good, as well as vicious cycles that undermine it. In his new book The Common Good, acclaimed author Robert Reich contends that over the course of the past five decades America has been in a slowly accelerating vicious cycle—one that can and must be reversed. With the warmth and lucidity that have made him one of our most important public voices, Reich takes our stage to make the case for a generous and inclusive understanding of the American project, centering on the moral obligations of citizenship. Rooting his argument in everyday reality and common sense, Reich demonstrates the existence of a common good and argues that it is this that defines a society or a nation. He examines how we as a country should relate to honor, shame, patriotism, truth, and the meaning of leadership. Join Reich for a discussion on the fundamental purpose of society, and a cri de coeur to save America’s soul. Robert Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations and has written fifteen books, including The Work of Nations, which has been translated into twenty-two languages, and the best sellers Saving Capitalism, Supercapitalism, and Locked in the Cabinet. His articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He is co-creator of the award-winning film Inequality for All, and is also chair of the national governing board of Common Cause. Presented by Town Hall Seattle as part of the Civics series.
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Mega-bestselling author Margaret Atwood returns to Town Hall after a sold-out 2009 appearance with the long-awaited conclusion to her internationally celebrated dystopian trilogy. Bringing together characters from Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, the thrilling (and palindromic!) MaddAddam confirms the ultimate endurance of humanity, community, and love. Set months after the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity, MaddAddam combines adventure, humor, romance, superb storytelling, and an imagination that is at once inventive and grounded in a recognizable world—in other words, vintage Margaret Atwood.
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British physicist Dr. Helen Czerski believes that simple, even mundane, observations can help us understand the properties that govern our universe. By linking ordinary objects and occurrences—like popcorn popping, coffee stains, or refrigerator magnets—to big ideas like climate change, the energy crisis, or innovative new medical testing, she gives us the tools to alter the way we see the world. In an age of string theory, fluid dynamics and biophysics, it can seem as if the science of our world is only for specialists and academics. Czerski disagrees, asserting that science exploration is a constant and commonplace opportunity for anyone who’s paying attention. She explores the patterns and connections that illustrate the grandest theories in the smallest everyday objects and experiences.
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Leadership is hard. Convincing others—and often yourself—that you possess the answers and are capable of world-affecting change requires confidence, insight, and sheer bravado. Political leader Stacey Abrams takes the stage to share her awareness of the experiences and challenges that hinder anyone who exists beyond the structure of traditional white male power—women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and millennials ready to make a difference. Abrams presents insight from her book "Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change", asserting that knowing your own passion is the key to success, regardless of the scale or target. Abrams uses her experience and hard-won insights to break down how ambition, money, fear, and failure function in leadership, while offering personal stories that illuminate practical strategies. Join Abrams for a conversation that shares what she has learned collected over the course of her impressive career: that being in the minority actually provides unique and vital strength, and differences in race, gender, and class are surmountable. Stacey Abrams is an author, serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO, and political leader. After eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Minority Leader, Abrams became the 2018 Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia. She has founded multiple organizations devoted to voting rights, training and hiring young people of color, and tackling social issues at both the state and national levels; and she is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Abrams is the 2012 recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award and the first black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in the United States. Presented by Town Hall Seattle and Elliott Bay Book Company.
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What do you do when you realize you have everything you think you’ve ever wanted but still feel completely empty? What do you do when it all starts to fall apart? In the summer of 1999, Moby released Play—the album that arguably defined the millennium and catapulted him to superstardom. He joins us for a reflection on the bling and bluster of the celebrity lifestyle with the second volume of his memoir, Then It Fell Apart. Moby meets with KUOW’s Ross Reynolds for a conversation that dives into his extraordinary life story—hanging out with David Bowie and Lou Reed, Christina Ricci and Madonna, taking ecstasy for breakfast, drinking bottles of vodka, and sleeping with supermodels. Moby and Reynolds explore the ephemeral nature of stardom and the reasons such a lifestyle cannot last, why it fell apart. Sit in for firsthand recollections from a titan of modern music, and a shocking and unforgiving look at the banality of fame. Moby is a singer-songwriter, musician, DJ, and photographer. He has released 15 studio albums, including Play, 18, and most recently Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt. The first volume of his memoirs, Porcelain, was published in 2016. Ross Reynolds is the Executive Producer of Community Engagement at KUOW. He is the former co-host of KUOW’s daily news magazine The Record and KUOW’s award–winning daily news–talk program The Conversation. Presented by Town Hall Seattle.
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Town Hall’s beloved Town Music curator Joshua Roman, former principal cellist with The Seattle Symphony, will present a special Town Music performance of two Bach cello suites this season. But there’s a twist! Since Roman knows all the suites backward and forward–if you don’t believe us, check out his Every Day Bach Project–he’ll be crowdsourcing the repertoire for the evening. Fans will be able to vote for their favorite suite on social media and the winners will be announced (and played!) the night of. Anyone present for his sold out 2011 Bach Cello Suite concert can attest to his outstanding musicianship–this evening will be no exception.
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LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms) have shown significant promise as tools to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety. But, according to bestselling writer Michael Pollan, these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life. Now Pollan—author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma—joins us to reveal firsthand insight on the landscape of the mind with wisdom from his new book How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. He shares his singular adventure into the experience of various altered states of consciousness, with a deep dive into the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists. Pollan meets with drug researcher and community engagement worker Ingrid Walker to sift the historical record and separate the truth about these mysterious drugs from the myths that have surrounded them since the 1960s. Together Pollan and Walker outline a history of the handful of psychedelic evangelists who catalyzed a powerful backlash against what was then a promising field of research. Join Pollan and Walker for a conversation on the science and psychology of the psychedelic. Engage with the puzzle of human consciousness and explore how, in a world that offers us both struggle and beauty, we can do our best to be fully present and find meaning in our lives. Michael Pollan is the author of seven previous books, including Cooked, Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and The Botany of Desire, all of which were New York Times bestsellers. A longtime contributor to the New York Times Magazine, he also teaches writing at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley. In 2010, TIME magazine named him one of the one hundred most influential people in the world. Ingrid K. Walker is Associate professor of American Studies at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Her current research projects centers on engaging with drug users about their experiences, and developing a language to talk about drugs outside of the framework of medicalization or criminalization. Her writing has been published in the Journal of Popular Culture, NANO, publications of the Alcohol and Drug History Association, and others. She is the author of High: Drugs, Desire, and a Nation of Users.
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Happily ever after is not by chance. Award-winning marriage researchers and bestselling authors Drs. John and Julie Gottman contend that lifelong happiness happens by choice—the choice each person in a relationship makes to remain open, remain curious, and, most of all, to keep talking to one another. The Gottmans arrive on Town Hall’s stage to offer an ingenious and simple-to-implement approach to effective relationship communication. They meet for a conversation with KUOW’s Bill Radke, host of The Record and Week In Review. Together they explore perspectives from the Gottmans’ book Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, encouraging every couple to open up to one another and discuss all things difficult or embarrassing—trust, family, money, sex, dreams, conflict, and more. Join Radke and the Gottmans for an intensive and innovative guide to sharing your life with the person you love, and developing the relationship skills to become braver, more active, and more emotionally intimate. Dr. John Gottman is renowned worldwide for his work on marital stability and divorce prediction. He has conducted 40 years of breakthrough research with thousands of couples, and his work on marriage and parenting has earned him numerous awards, including four National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Awards, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Distinguished Research Scientist Award, and many more. Dr. Julie Gottman is the co-founder and President of the Gottman Institute, and Clinical Supervisor for the Couples Together Against Violence study. She is a highly respected clinical psychologist, and she is sought after internationally by media organizations as an expert adviser on marriage, parenting, gay and lesbian adoption, domestic violence, and many other topics. She is the author or co-author of five books, and was named Washington State Psychologist of the Year in 2002. Bill Radke is the host of The Record and Week In Review on KUOW. He has been a host on American Public Media’s Weekend America and Marketplace Morning Report, and is the creator of past show Rewind, a news-satire show heard on KUOW and nationwide on NPR. Presented by Town Hall Seattle.
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Bridging biology and philosophy, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and biologist E. O. Wilson’s The Meaning of Human Existence poses big questions on the origins, nature, even the existential purpose of humanity. The most overtly philosophical book from this most sublimely reflective of biologists, Wilson writes with “remarkable clarity and a depth of insight that is absolutely unique” (Al Gore) as he shares thoughts on the human place, how we’re fundamentally both the same–and different–from common insects, and why advances in science and technology could be more dangerous than we think. Wilson is the author of many works, including On Human Nature (1978) and The Diversity of Life (1992).
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While recognizing that quantum mechanics “demands serious attention,” Albert Einstein in 1926 admonished that the theory “does not bring us closer to the secrets of the Old One.” Aware that “there are deep mysteries that Nature intends to keep for herself,” 94-year-old theoretical physicist Freeman Dyson has chronicled the stories of those who were engaged in solving some of the most challenging quandaries of twentieth-century physics. To offer us a rare glimpse into scientific history, Dyson comes to our stage to share his life story through a series of autobiographical letters and recount many major advances in science that made the field what it is today. Dyson meets for a conversation with renowned speculative fiction author Neal Stephenson—and the pair are joined by moderator Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study. Together, the three delve into Dyson’s letters to relatives, which render an historic account of modern science and its greatest players, including J. Robert Oppenheimer, Richard Feynman, Stephen Hawking, and Hans Bethe. Dyson reflects on the horrors of World War II, the moral dilemmas of nuclear development, the challenges of the space program, and the considerable demands of raising six children. Join Dyson, Stephenson, and Dijkgraaf for a firsthand account of one of the greatest periods of scientific discovery of our modern age. Professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study, Freeman Dyson is an English-born American theoretical physicist and mathematician. His work unified the three versions of quantum electrodynamics invented by Feynman, Schwinger and Tomonaga, and he went on to work on nuclear reactors, solid state physics, ferromagnetism, astrophysics, and biology. He is the author of numerous books including Disturbing the Universe, Weapons and Hope, Infinite in All Directions, and Origins of Life. Neal Stephenson is the bestselling author of numerous works of speculative fiction, historical fiction, and science fiction. His work includes books such as Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, Anathem, The Diamond Age, and The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.. He has received multiple accolades for his books, including the 1996 Hugo Award for Best Novel (The Diamond Age), the Arthur C. Clarke Award (Quicksilver), and the 2009 Prometheus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (The System of the World). Robbert Dijkgraaf, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study and Leon Levy Professor since July 2012, is a mathematical physicist who has made significant contributions to string theory and the advancement of science education. His research focuses on the interface between mathematics and particle physics. In addition to finding surprising and deep connections between matrix models, topological string theory, and supersymmetric quantum field theory, Dijkgraaf has developed precise formulas for the counting of bound states that explain the entropy of certain black holes. For his contributions to science, Dijkgraaf was awarded the Spinoza Prize, the highest scientific award in the Netherlands, in 2003.
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For centuries, creative thinkers have extolled the benefits of time spent in nature: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees. Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath. Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, journalist Florence Williams has set out to uncover the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain. Combining cutting-edge research with anecdotal evidence from around the world, The Nature Fix demonstrates that our connection to nature is much more important to our cognition than we think and that even small amounts of exposure to the living world can improve our creativity and enhance our mood. Williams’ findings show that time outdoors is not a luxury but is in fact essential to our humanity. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these findings seem more important than ever. REI’s Rob Discher will join her onstage for a moderated Q & A. Video courtesy of Pirate TV Seattle: http://www.piratetvseattle.com/
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When veteran author Siri Hustvedt discovered her old notebook along with early drafts of a never-completed novel, she found herself caught in a dialogue between her past and present selves. The product of this juxtaposition was Memories of the Future, her new novel that brings together themes that have made Hustvedt among the most celebrated novelists working today. Hustvedt takes Town Hall’s stage to provide a glimpse into the process of the novel’s creation, and to reflect on the internal decade-spanning conversation that emerged alongside it. She meets in conversation with journalist Lauren Du Graf to enlighten us on the novel’s themes: the fallibility of memory; gender mutability; the violence of patriarchy; the vagaries of perception; the ambiguous borders between sensation and thought. Join Hustvedt and Du Graf for an exploration of sanity, madness, and our dependence on primal drives such as sex, love, hunger, and rage. Siri Hustvedt is the internationally acclaimed author of a book of poems, six novels, four collections of essays, and a work of nonfiction. In 2012 she was awarded the International Gabarron Prize for Thought and Humanities. Her novel The Blazing World was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Lost Angeles Book Prize for Fiction. She has published numerous papers in scholarly and scientific journals, and her work has been translated into over thirty languages. Lauren Du Graf has written about film, art, music, and literature for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Oxford American Magazine, and elsewhere. Her research and writing have been supported with fellowships from the Camargo Foundation, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. Presented by Town Hall Seattle.
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Most of us don’t question a fluttery feeling in our chests when we’re excited or sweating armpits as we make a public speech. We accept these connections between our emotions and physical bodies. But according to neurologist Suzanne O’Sullivan, the human body’s reactions to emotions can be much more severe. Up to a third of people go to the doctor with symptoms that cannot be medically explained; and often doctors suspect an emotional cause. O’Sullivan believes that “psychosomatic disorders are physical symptoms that mask emotional distress.” She provides an in-depth analysis of some extreme cases, like Rachel, a promising young dancer now housebound by chronic fatigue syndrome, and Mary, whose memory loss might be masking her husband’s abuse. O’Sullivan takes a look deep inside the human condition—at the secrets we keep from ourselves—and she questions the medical establishment’s ability to recognize the extraordinary connection between mind and body.
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Many Americans envision capitalism as a driving ideal of our country, but some economists contend that a few digital monopolies have risen to restrict our nation’s capitalist ideals and act as gatekeepers to the free market. Economist author Jonathan Tepper and Business Development manager Denise Hearn take Town Hall’s stage to tackle issues of growing economic inequality. They present perspectives from their book The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition, asserting that the U.S. has gone from an open, competitive marketplace to an economy where a few very powerful companies dominate key industries that affect our daily lives. Tepper and Hearn are joined by panelists: Nick Hanauer, co-founder and partner in venture capital firm Second Avenue Partners; John Perkins, Chief Economist as a major international consulting firm and adviser to World Bank, the United Nations, the U.S. Treasury Department; and Rachel Lauter, executive director of Working Washington and the Fair Work Center. Together they discuss solutions, suggesting vigorous anti-trust enforcement to return America to a period where competition created higher economic growth, more jobs, higher wages and a level playing field for all. Sit in for an essential conversation on all things capitalism in America—from anemic economic growth to declining start-up success rates—and why workers are losing out. Presented by Town Hall Seattle and The Collective. Community partners: Faith Action Network, Impact Hub, Fair Work Center, Puget Sound Sage
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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee returns to Town Hall to discuss his newest book The Gene: An Intimate History. Mukherjee weaves together exhaustive scientific research with intimate biographical stories to explore human heredity. Using the story of his family’s history of mental illness, Mukherjee translates the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world. He describes the centuries of research and experimentation—from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Watson and Franklin, all the way through the revolutionary twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome. Paul Berg, winner of the Nobel Prize for chemistry, says “The Gene is a magnificent synthesis of the science of life, and forces all to confront the essence of that science as well as the ethical and philosophical challenges to our conception of what constitutes being human.” In conversation with Steve Davis, CEO of PATH, Mukherjee shares stories and findings from his life and work. This event is sponsored by PATH.
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What does is it mean to be human in a world where A.I. is transforming war, crime, justice, and jobs? We stand at the beginning of a new era. What was once science fiction is fast becoming reality. Max Tegmark, a professor of physics at MIT and president of the Future of Life Institute, takes readers to the heart of thinking about A.I. and the human condition in his new book Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. How can we grow our prosperity through automation, without leaving people lacking income or purpose? How can we ensure that future A.I. systems behave as we want them to–without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Will A.I. help life flourish as never before, or will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, and even, perhaps, replace us altogether? Life 3.0 explores our life in the present and asks what sort of future we want.
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Peter Wadhams, one of the world’s most experienced sea ice scientists, brings a report from the frontline of planetary change in his new book A Farewell to Ice. Wadhams shows how sea ice is the ‘canary in the mine’ of planetary climate change. He describes how it forms and the vital role it plays in reflecting solar heat back into space and providing an ‘air conditioning’ system for the planet. He shows how a series of rapid feedbacks in the Arctic region are accelerating change there more rapidly than almost all scientists (and political authorities) have previously realized, and the dangers of further acceleration are very real. Wadhams will be joined onstage by interviewer Brady Piñero Walkinshaw, CEO of Seattle-based environmental media organization Grist. Together the two will explore Wadhams’ observations and the latest scientific research, revealing how dramatically sea ice has diminished over the past three decades, to the point at which, by the time of this event, the Arctic may be free of ice for the first time in 10,000 years. Presented by Town Hall Seattle and PATH as part of the Science & Town Green series. The views and opinions expressed by speakers are entirely their own. PATH nor Town Hall Seattle take no position on event content.
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Named by The Atlantic as one of the hundred most influential figures in American history, and by Time and Life magazines as one of the most influential Americans of the twentieth century, Ralph Nader has fought for safer cars, healthier food, better air, cleaner water, and safer work environments for more than four decades. Nader’s new book, Breaking Through Power, draws from a lifetime waging—and often winning—David vs. Goliath battles against big corporations and the U.S. government. Highlighting the success stories of fellow American change makers Nader makes an inspired case about how our nation can move forward from a troubled place with greater unity, justice, and democracy.
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PROJECT Trio features three genre-busting performers who make chamber music feel as fresh and energetic as a rock concert. More than just a trio of flute, cello, and bass, they are composers, improvisers and storytellers who bring vibrancy to everything they touch, from virtuosic originals to their “covers” of classical favorites. Come hear what happens when Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf relocates to Brooklyn, and marvel at the beatboxing flute effects from Greg Pattillo, hailed by The New York Times as “the best in the world at what he does.” Only PROJECT Trio can reboot Brahms and Tchaikovsky one minute and then quote Charles Mingus and Jethro Tull the next, delivering each sonic delight with stunning musicianship and ample humor.
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With developing international discussions of nuclear conflict, it’s critical that we gather context for the policies and legacies of nuclear weapons. To help us gain perspective, we invite to the stage David Ellsberg, former high level defense analyst and legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers. In his book 'The Doomsday Machine' Ellsberg offers us a first-hand account of America’s nuclear program in the 1960s, highlighting how our nation’s nuclear strategy has not fundamentally changed since the eras of late Eisenhower and early Kennedy. Ellsberg is joined in conversation with Daniel Bessner, professor of American Foreign Policy at the University of Washington’s Jackson School, to discuss the legacy of the most dangerous arms buildup in the history of civilization—and to analyze how its proposed renewal under the Trump administration threatens our very survival. Join us for a powerful and urgent conversation about feasible steps we can take to dismantle the existing “doomsday machine” and avoid nuclear catastrophe. In 1961 Daniel Ellsberg consulted for the Department of Defense and the White House and drafted Secretary Robert McNamara’s plans for nuclear war. A Senior Fellow of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Ellsberg is the author of 'Secrets' and the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary 'The Most Dangerous Man in America'. Daniel Bessner is the author of' Democracy in Exile' and co-editor of 'The Decisionist Imagination'. He has published scholarly articles in several journals, including The Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, International Security, The Intellectual History Review, and others. Presented by Physicians for Social Responsibility and Town Hall Seattle as part of the Civics series.
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Juan Pablo Jofre, perhaps the most electrifying of a new generation of bandoneon players, returns to Town Hall by popular demand after a 2012 Global Rhythms performance that garnered three standing ovations—including one in the middle of his set. The bandoneon, an accordion like concertina popular in Argentina, Uruguay and Lithuania, is an essential instrument in most tango ensembles, and Jofre is a master at it: With his powerful form of contemporary tango, he has captivated audiences (and critics) in concert halls and festivals around the world. This time, with his world premier of Carta de Amor, Jofre will be joined by Hard Tango Chamber Band, featuring Christiana Liberis, violin; Daniela Candillari, piano; Yves Dharamraj, cello. Jofre also earned an Argentine National Arts Grant to study in Buenos Aires with Julio Pane, legendary bandoneon player for Astor Piazzolla Sextet—and it seems a perfect pairing: The Boston Musical Intelligencer wrote, "Piazzolla's music lives or dies with the bandoneon, and Jofre has the technique and personality in abundance for this music."
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From technology, to economics, to weather patterns, the world we live in seems to be getting more and more extreme. In his newest book Thank You for Being Late: How to Find a Job, Run a Country, and Keep Your Head in an Age of Acceleration, renowned journalist and three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, Thomas L. Friedman (The World is Flat) explains how to live in this age of dizzying acceleration. Drawing from his Minnesota childhood, Friedman lays out the differences between then and now, both frustrating and exciting. Asserting that we must learn to be fast (innovative and quick to adapt), fair (prepared to help the casualties of change), and slow (adept at shutting out the noise) in order to cope with this chaotic new world, Friedman establishes a blueprint for how to think about our times.
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Eugenia Cheng is Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Sheffield. As one of few women in her field, Cheng aims to reach a wide audience about all things math and dispel the phobia that many people feel regarding the subject. Her popular Youtube videos explaining a variety of math topics have been viewed more than 700,000 times. In Beyond Infinity, Cheng takes readers on an entertaining journey from math at its most elemental to its loftiest abstractions. Along the way she considers questions like why some numbers are uncountable or why infinity plus one is not the same as one plus infinity. Weaving in her expertise as a chef, she offers some surprising scenarios: planning a dinner party for 7 billion people using a chessboard, making a chicken-sandwich sandwich, and creating infinite cookies from a finite ball of dough. With accessibility and entertainment as her primary goals, Cheng provides a rich—and relevant—recipe for learning math.
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Renowned pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris, MD takes our stage to discuss new research that illustrates a deep connection between toxic stress during childhood and the likelihood of lifelong illnesses. In her book, The Deepest Well, Burke Harris relates findings from her survey of more than 17,000 adult patients and illuminates us on an astonishing breakthrough: childhood stress changes our neural systems and lasts a lifetime. Town Hall’s own Kristin Leong will moderate the conversation, leading us through Burke Harris’ journey of discovery—from her own pediatric practice to research labs across the nation. Join Burke Harris and Leong for an exploration of the impact of early-life trauma and adversity (with vital hope for change) in an essential discussion for anyone who has faced a difficult childhood or feels compassion for the millions of children who do. Nadine Burke Harris, MD is the founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point. She is the subject of a New Yorker profile and was the recent recipient of a prestigious Heinz Award in 2016, among many other honors. Her TED talk, “I Was Thinking Too Small,” previewed the subject of The Deepest Well, her first book. A pioneer in the field of medicine, pediatrician Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is a leader in the movement to transform how we respond to early childhood adversity and the resulting toxic stress that dramatically impacts our health and longevity. By exploring the science behind childhood adversity, she offers a new way to understand the adverse events that affect all of us throughout our lifetimes. She has brought these scientific discoveries and her new approach to audiences at the Mayo Clinic, American Academy of Pediatrics, Google Zeitgeist and Dreamforce. Kristin Leong is Town Hall’s Community Programs Curator. She is a speaker, essayist, and education activist, and the photographer and project designer for equity projects such as Half, Roll Call, and #EducationSoWhite. These projects explore the racial divides between educators and students and celebrate identities of biracial students and citizens. Presented by Town Hall Seattle as part of the Science series.
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Lawrence O’Donnell, host of MSNBC’s The Last Word and one of America’s shrewdest political minds, helps us unpack the historical roots of 21st century politics. He joins us with his new book 'Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics', chronicling the tumult of the Nixon era and the human drama of a system—and a country—coming apart at the seams in real time. Nearly 50 years later we find ourselves again in a moment of political uncertainty and crisis, and we reflect with O’Donnell on the seminal 1968 election which he asserts is still shaping our political landscape today. O’Donnell demonstrates his master-class in electioneering and explains how the fallout from Nixon’s election and administration set the stage for American politics as we know it. Lawrence O’Donnell is the host of ‘The Last Word’ on MSNBC. Formerly an Emmy Award-winning executive producer and writer for The West Wing, O’Donnell also served as senior advisor to Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, chief of staff to the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works and the Senate Finance Committee. He is the author of Deadly Force and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. Presented by Seattle University and Town Hall Seattle as part of the Civics series.
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Birds are with us everywhere. They animate our stories, inform our art and music, and reveal startling truths about the world we share. Join BirdNote’s Michael Stein and Mary McCann with special guests Barbara Earl Thomas and Dr. J. Drew Lanham for BirdNote Live!, an evening of conversation by, for and about birds. BirdNote celebrates how stories about birds connect us with each other, and how caring for birds and the places they live can inspire the next generation. Join us for this special live podcast taping as part of Seattle’s first Bird Week. Plus, meet Taima, the hawk, and discover BirdNote’s new book. BirdNote Live! is produced by BirdNote in partnership with Sasquatch Publishing, Town Hall, and Seward Park Audubon Center, with media sponsor KNKX 88.5FM.
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In 1784, Mozart encountered a flirtatious little starling in a Viennese shop who sang the theme from his Piano Concerto no. 17 in G major. Charmed, he brought the bird home to be his pet. For the next three years, the starling served as the famed composer’s companion, distraction, consolation, and muse. These days, starlings, a nonnative invasive species, are often reviled. They invade sensitive habitats, outcompete local birds for nest sites and food, and decimate crops. In Mozart’s Starling, birder and naturalist Lyanda Lynn Haupt explores the unlikely and remarkable bond between one of history’s most beloved composers and one of earth’s most unpopular birds. The intertwined stories of Mozart’s beloved pet and Haupt’s own starling provide an unexpected window into human-animal friendships, music, and the nature of creative inspiration.
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Martha Nussbaum, one of America’s greatest living philosophers, joins us for a discussion of the ethical, aesthetic, and philosophical conundrums around our country’s rapidly changing view of the aging process. In her book Aging Thoughtfully: Conversations about Retirement, Romance, Wrinkles, and Regret, Nussbaum lends us the perspectives of both philosopher and lawyer-economist to explore ideas about when to retire, how to refashion social security to help the elderly poor, and whether to enjoy or criticize anti-aging cosmetic procedures. Some of our concerns are practical: philanthropic decisions, relations with one’s children and grandchildren, the purchase of annuities, and how to provide for care in old age. Others are cultural, ranging from the treatment of aging women in popular films to marriages of men such as Donald Trump to much younger women. Nussbaum offers a thoughtful exchange on this natural, inevitable process. Martha C. Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. She has received honorary degrees from fifty-six colleges and universities in the US, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe, and is the author of multiple books including Love’s Knowledge, Sex and Social Justice, From Disgust to Humanity, and Philosophical Interventions.
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Michael Eric Dyson’s July 2016 New York Times op-ed “Death in Black and White” goes behind the headlines of high profile deaths of black Americans at the hands of police officers, addressing the emotional roots and deep impacts of the killings, and the subsequent acquittals. It is subtitled “What White America Doesn’t See.” Now Dyson, a sociology professor at Georgetown, extends his case in Tears We Cannot Stop, a provocative and deeply personal call for change—subtitled A Sermon to White America. Dyson argues that whites who care about real social progress must face difficult truths, including being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, or discounted.
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Gage Academy of Art and Town Hall present: Closing Up Shop? The Uncertain Future of Seattle’s Art Galleries Are today’s art galleries going the way of video rental stores? A spate of recent gallery closings with no new galleries moving in have many art lovers wondering if this reflects profound changes in the business of art. Will the art community flounder if galleries and openings are replaced by alternative spaces, DIY art projects? What role does the internet play? Why is this happening in a community with as much wealth and education as Seattle? Key members of the Seattle art community take up the issue in a lively and provocative panel discussion, moderated by art critic and Gage Academy of Art Artistic Director, Gary Faigin. Panelists: Greg Kucera—Owner, Greg Kucera Gallery Jen Graves—Art Critic, The Stranger Mary Ann Peters—Artist, winner of Stranger Genius Award Mariane Ibrahim—Owner, Marian Ibrahim Gallery Gary Faigin (moderator)—Founder of Gage Academy of Art
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The best-selling author of Brother, I'm Dying and Breath, Eyes, Memory returns to Town Hall with Claire of the Sea Light, a new work of fiction that takes readers deep into the intertwined lives of a seaside town in Haiti where a little girl, the daughter of a fisherman, has gone missing. That little girl is Claire Limyè Lanmè, and in telling the story of Claire's disappearance, celebrated Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat explores what it means to be a parent, child, neighbor, lover, and friend, while revealing the mysterious connections we share with the natural world and with one another, amid the magic and heartbreak of ordinary life.
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Are you aware that oxidation is beautiful? Yes, oxidation, particularly when it’s under the gaze of Theodore Gray. Photosynthesis is beautiful, too. And fermentation. With Reactions, Gray continues an exciting journey through our molecular and chemical world like no one ever has. In his new photographic masterwork, Reactions, following his bestselling books The Elements and Molecules, Gray demonstrates how molecules interact in ways that are essential to our very existence. With Gray, a mad scientist in the modern age, audiences young and old will never see the carbon cycle the same way again. Nor, respiration, for the beauty of science can take our breath away. Presented by Town Hall Seattle as part of the Science series.
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Dave Zirin has been called “America’s best sportswriter,” praised for his bold positions on current issues in the world of athletics. Zirin has written several articles focused on NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s controversial refusal to stand for the National Anthem and his statement that he “will not show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Though sharply criticized by many, his protest has spurred a movement among many of his fellow athletes, from the pros to high school students, who have adopted the gesture. Joined onstage by Seahawks player Michael Bennett, Zirin will discuss the effects and implications of this kind of social protest and how he thinks it will impact our culture, in sports and beyond.
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The 1,000 year-old folk art form of water puppetry spins the traditional stories and folk melodies of Vietnam into a lavish, over-the-top spectacle: multi-colored phoenixes and copper turtles, fantastical jumping fish, pirouetting dragons spouting water. The Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre of Saigon perform alongside the 7-member orchestra Rup Tung Cack–the Vietnamese description of drums beating–whose distinct blend of rural and contemporary Vietnam showcases the country’s colorful heritage. Featuring more than 15 different instruments, including gongs, kettle drums, bamboo flutes, zithars, and two-stringed violins, Rup Tung Cack’s arrangements help the puppets come vividly to life in this truly magical show, a rare treat for North American audiences (last seen in Seattle in 2002) and appropriate for all ages. http://townhallseattle.org/event/saigons-golden-dragon-water-puppet-theatre/
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“Gaslighting” refers to the phenomenon in which someone insists so strenuously on a false version of events that those listening start doubting the reality right in front of their eyes. Since Donald Trump took office, the term has made its way into the popular consciousness. Editorials say that the Trump administration regularly puts a spin on what should be straightforward facts, whether it’s accusing the national media of “fake news” or claiming attendance numbers at the inauguration were as high as Obama’s in 2008. Is the president deliberately trying to manipulate our perception? University of Washington professors David Domke (communications) and Christopher Sebastian Parker (political science) will examine the concept of gaslighting, along with mental health professional R. Keith Myers, vice president of clinical and training services at Wellspring Family Services, to address this question and help us interpret what is really going on.
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A Colony in a Nation by Emmy Award–winning MSNBC news anchor and New York Times bestselling author Chris Hayes (Twilight of the Elites) describes an America that is suffering from an identity crisis. We view ourselves as a developed nation, ruled by law and order. Yet, in large swathes of our country, the general mindset is more provincial; fear trumps civil rights and aggressive policing resembles occupation. Hayes draws comparisons between modern-day communities in places like Ferguson and West Baltimore and those of colonial America. He disputes the notion of a post-racial world and argues that racial inequality hasn’t improved since 1968 by all empirical measures―wealth, unemployment, incarceration, school segregation. Hayes breaks down the issues and impacts of our country’s lack of self-awareness and the ways in which it threatens our democracy.
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With the U.S. still in the shadow of a government shutdown and the fraught discussions surrounding Brexit still circulating among headlines, journalist and novelist John Lanchester presents us with a satirical and frighteningly timely new novel—The Wall. The story follows Joseph Kavanagh, a Defender on the enormous concrete wall his island nation has built to keep the Others—desperate souls trapped outside the wall amid the rising seas—at bay. We follow him through the cold, loneliness, and fear that arise as he tries to fulfill his duties, we share in the contemplations of the consequences of his post, and we witness the dark part of him that wonders if it might be more interesting if something really did happen to him in the line of duty. Sit in with Lanchester for a compelling reflection on the issues of our time—rising waters, rising fear, rising political division—and a suspenseful story of love, trust, and survival. John Lanchester is the author of five novels, including the best-selling Debt to Pleasure and Capital, as well as several works of nonfiction, including I.O.U. and How to Speak Money. His books have won the Whitbread First Novel Prize, the Hawthornden Prize, and the E. M. Forster Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a contributing editor to the London Review of Books and a regular contributor to The New Yorker. Presented by Town Hall Seattle and Seattle University.
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In 2010, scientists led by J. Craig Venter became the first to successfully create "synthetic life"—putting humankind at the threshold of biological research that will let us actually write the genetic code for designing new species to help us adapt and evolve for long-term survival. Venter, author of Life at the Speed of Light, presents a study of this emerging field from the inside—its origins; challenges and controversies; and projected effects on our lives, from energy generation, health, and environmental control to, possibly, even our evolution. It's a scientific frontier that provides a unique opportunity to ponder anew the age-old question, "What is life?"—and to examine what we really mean by "playing God."
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The recent nuclear agreement with Iran marks a historic moment in nuclear nonproliferation and a significant shift in US foreign policy. Will this deal put a stop to an Iranian bomb? How was the political fight in Congress won? What does it mean for broader regional issues in the Middle East? Joe Cirincione, longtime nuclear policy expert, and Trita Parsi, US-Iranian relations expert, were key players in the successful fight for this agreement. Together, with renowned Middle East expert Reşat Kasaba, they will provide an inside perspective on the political and policy challenges they faced, and what we can expect moving forward. They spoke at Town Hall Seattle on November 12, 2015.
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Writer Samantha Irby is known for her brazen wit and boldly honest feminist writing from her blog bitches gotta eat, as well as her book We Are Never Meeting In Real Life and her essay work contributing to Nasty Women, a collection of feminist essays on life in Trump’s America—and a discussion recently hosted on Town Hall’s stage earlier this season (where author Samhita Mukhopadhyay hailed Irby as “the funniest writer in the world right now.”) Irby takes our stage to present a reprint of her widely beloved collection of smart, edgy, and unabashedly raunchy personal essays—Meaty. She joins in conversation with writer Lindy West, author of Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman and contributing opinion writer to The New York Times. Irby and West discuss this uproarious collection of essays crafted with the same scathing wit and poignant candor thousands of loyal readers have come to expect from Irby’s notoriously hilarious blog. Join Irby and West and laugh your way through these stories of failed relationships, taco feasts, bouts with Crohn’s disease, and more. Samantha Irby is a Chicago writer and comedy juggernaut who writes a blog called bitches gotta eat, in addition to co-hosting The Sunday Night Sex Show, a sex-positive live lit show. She has written two books Meaty and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer, editor and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, social justice, humour and body image. She is the founder and editor of I Believe You | It’s Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens. Presented by Town Hall Seattle as part of the Arts & Culture series.
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Walk into any high school cafeteria and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered into their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem we should try to fix or a coping strategy we should support? Dr. Beverly Tatum, renowned authority on the psychology of race, helps us begin this dialogue with her classic book 'Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race'. In its new 20th edition, Tatum argues that forthright discussion about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. Join us and Tatum to become a part of this critical discussion to help confront these and other questions about race.
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