Independent Bookstore Day with Daniel Kennefick

Celebrate Independent Bookstores with readers and bookstores across the country. We will have limited amounts of special editiosn of books and gifts created only for IBD. Nightbird Books will host 3 authors throughout the day. Daniel Kennefick will be here from 5 to 7!

Understanding (Humanoid) Evolution via Star Trek!

Have you ever wondered why most alien life depicted on Star Trek strongly resembles us, Earthlings? Come explore the possibility of humanoid or other forms of life on other planets with Mohamed Noor, a professor of biology at Duke University, editor-in-chief of the research journal Evolution, and lifelong Trekkie. Drawing on relevant scenes from the series, Noor presents evidence for the existence of a common ancestor for life on Earth and clarifies misconceptions about evolutionary biology. He discusses the science of evolution and how we might use modern evolutionary approaches to understand the origins of extraterrestrial life— if and when such life is found. A major in biology isn’t required to enjoy Noor’s presentation. But you might leave with a greater understanding of evolution, and, perhaps, a greater appreciation for Star Trek. It’s only logical.

Mississippi Ornithological Society Spring Meeting

The Mississippi Ornithological Society will hold its Spring Meeting on the Gulf Coast April 26-28, 2019. Gulls Simplified author and photographer Kevin Karlson will be returning to Mississippi as our special guest. Stay tuned for details. Field trips on Saturday will be announced at the Friday Meet & Greet but will likely include groups to Ship Island, Boneyard Lake Rookery, and Ansley. The Saturday evening banquet will be held at Sal & Mookie’s in Biloxi, with special guest speaker Kevin Karlson.

Basics of Butterfly Gardening

Whether you are a butterfly enthusiast, a pollinator protector or someone who simply wants to enjoy seeing these winged beauties more often in your garden, this talk will share details on a butterfly’s lifecycle, plant selection and ideas on how to make our yards and gardens an oasis for butterflies and other creatures. Jane Hurwitz is the author of the recently published book Butterfly Gardening: The North American Butterfly Association Guide. She is also the editor of Butterfly Gardener magazine and former director of the Butterfly Garden and Habitat Program for the North American Butterfly Association. She has spent decades observing and writing about the interface of butterflies and gardens.

Meet Author & Yale Professor Mark Peterson

Discussion & Signing

The City-State of Boston: The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630-1865

A groundbreaking history of early America that shows how Boston built and sustained an independent city-state in New England before being folded into the United States
In the vaunted annals of America’s founding, Boston has long been held up as an exemplary “city upon a hill” and the “cradle of liberty” for an independent United States. Wresting this iconic urban center from these misleading, tired clichés, The City-State of Bostonhighlights Boston’s overlooked past as an autonomous city-state, and in doing so, offers a pathbreaking and brilliant new history of early America. Following Boston’s development over three centuries, Mark Peterson discusses how this self-governing Atlantic trading center began as a refuge from Britain’s Stuart monarchs and how—through its bargain with slavery and ratification of the Constitution—it would tragically lose integrity and autonomy as it became incorporated into the greater United States.

About the Author: Mark Peterson is the Edmund S. Morgan Professor of History at Yale University. He is the author of The Price of Redemption: The Spiritual Economy of Puritan New England.

Friends of Art History Lecture: Grace Lavery

Grace Lavery, Assistant Professor of English at UC-Berkeley, speaking about her new book “Quaint, Exquisite: Victorian Aesthetics and the Idea of Japan.” Book sale and signing to follow talk.

Mark Peterson Book Talk at Yale Bookstore

Join us to hear Mark Peterson discuss his book, The City-State of Boston. In his book, Peterson explores Boston’s overlooked past as an autonomous city-state, and in doing so, offers a path-breaking and brilliant new history of early America. Come learn about Boston’s development over three centuries; how it began as self-governing Atlantic trading center and refuge from Britain’s Stuart monarchs that would tragically lose integrity and autonomy as it became incorporated into the greater United States.

State of the Italian Economy

Please join Goodwin and The Friends of the Italian Cultural Center in Boston as we explore, with the help of a panel of leading Italian economists, opportunities and challenges for the Italian economy under current conditions and in light of major trends affecting Europe and international trade.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019      Goodwin Boston Offices
100 Northern Avenue | Boston, MA5:30 pm | Registration
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm | Program
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Networking + Refreshments


Dante Roscini 
Harvard Business School Professor of Management Practice


Alberto Alesina
Harvard University Nathaniel Ropes Professor of Political Economy

Francesco Giavazzi
Bocconi University Professor of Economics and a regularly visiting professor at MIT

Security by the Book with Henry Farrell & Abraham L. Newman

The Hoover Institution hosts “Security by the Book with Henry Farrell & Abraham L. Newman” on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM EST.

Of Privacy and Power investigates how the European Union and United States, the two major regulatory systems in world politics, have regulated privacy and security, and how their agreements and disputes have reshaped the transatlantic relationship.

Henry Farrell and Abraham L. Newman will be interviewed by Jack Goldsmith, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution.

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François-Xavier Fauvelle talks to Georgina Godwin: The Golden Rhinoceros: Histories of the African Middle Ages

From the birth of Islam in the 7th century to the voyages of European exploration in the 15th, Africa was at the centre of a vibrant exchange of goods and ideas. It was an African golden age in which places like Mali, Ghana, Nubia and Zimbabwe became the crossroads of civilisations, and where African royals, thinkers and artists played celebrated roles in the globalised world of the Middle Ages.

Katrina van Grouw: Unnatural Selection

In a unique fusion of art, science and history Katrina van Grouw celebrates the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s monumental work The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication, and offers a tribute to what Darwin might have achieved had he possessed that elusive missing piece to the evolutionary puzzle – the knowledge of how individual traits are passed from one generation to the next. With the benefit of a century and a half of hindsight van Grouw explains evolution by building on the analogy that Darwin himself used, comparing the selective breeding process with natural selection in the wild. Chaired by Oliver Balch.

Jonathan Bate: How the Classics Made Shakespeare

Ben Jonson famously accused Shakespeare of having “small Latin and less Greek”. But he was exaggerating. Shakespeare was steeped in the classics. Shaped by his grammar school education in Roman literature, history and rhetoric, he moved to London, a city that modelled itself on ancient Rome. He worked in a theatrical profession that had inherited the conventions and forms of classical drama, and he read deeply in Ovid, Virgil and Seneca. Revealing in new depth the influence of Cicero and Horace on Shakespeare, Bate offers striking new readings of a wide array of the plays and poems. The heart of the argument is that Shakespeare’s supreme valuation of the force of imagination was honed by the classical tradition and designed as a defence of poetry and theatre in a hostile world of emergent Puritanism. Bate is the author of Soul of the Age: A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare and is co-editor of The RSC Shakespeare: Complete Works.