Independent Bookstore Day with Daniel Kennefick @ Nightbird Books
Apr 19 @ 5:00 pm – Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm

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!

Talaat Pasha: Father of Modern Turkey, Architect of Genocide @ Ararat-Eskijian Museum, Sheen Chapel
Apr 22 @ 7:30 pm
Security by the Book with Henry Farrell & Abraham L. Newman @ Hoover Institution
Apr 23 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

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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State of the Italian Economy @ Goodwin Boston Offices
Apr 24 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

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

Mark Peterson Book Talk at Yale Bookstore @ Yale Bookstore
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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.

Friends of Art History Lecture: Grace Lavery @ Mitchell Hall, Room 191
Apr 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

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.

Meet Author & Yale Professor Mark Peterson @ The Harvard Coop
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm

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.

Mississippi Ornithological Society Spring Meeting @ Hampton Inn Biloxi/Ocean Springs
Apr 26 @ 5:00 pm – Apr 27 @ 9:00 pm

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.

Understanding (Humanoid) Evolution via Star Trek! @ Awesome Con: Washington D.C.
Apr 27 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm

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.

Marion Turner: Chaucer: A European Life @ Buckingham History Festival
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343-1400) is widely regarded as the father of English Literature. Marion Turner, however, reveals him, not just as a figure of English significance, but as a great European writer and thinker, reconstructing in unprecedented detail the cosmopolitan world of Chaucer’s adventurous life, and focusing on the places and spaces that fired his imagination. She uncovers important new information about Chaucer’s travels, private life, and the early circulation of his writings, ranging from the commercial wharves of London to the frescoed chapels of Florence; and she reveals the experiences that shaped Chaucer’s outlook and imagination: as a prisoner of war in France, as a member of a chaotic Parliament, and as a diplomat in Milan, where he encountered the writings of Dante and Boccaccio. The author of The Canterbury Tales emerges with a vividness and clarity never encountered before.

Marion Turner is one of the world’s leading authorities on Geoffrey Chaucer. Her ground-breaking new biography, Chaucer: a European Life, published in March this year by Princeton, argues that Chaucer’s life and work were profoundly international, presenting him as an extraordinary European poet, whose experiences were embedded in multicultural and global contexts. The author of two other books on Chaucer and Middle English literature, Marion Turner has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Front Row,’ and on television for the BBC, Channel 4, and the Discovery Channel. She is passionate about opening up access to medieval literature and breaking down perceived barriers to reading and engaging with these wonderful texts. She is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford.

Basics of Butterfly Gardening @ New Jersey Flower & Garden Show
Apr 28 @ 11:00 am

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.

Michael Rosen: Jelly Boots and Uncle Gobb, and a Bear Hunt @ Hay Festival
May 25 @ 11:30 am

Come and meet the one and only Michael Rosen and find out all about Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots and Uncle Gobb and the Plot Plot and his other fabulous stories including We’re Going on a Bear Hunt as we celebrate its 30th birthday. Jelly Boots is a riotous poetry celebration of words – silly words, funny words, words you only use in your own family, new words, old words, and the very best words in the right order. Uncle Gobb and the Plot Plot is the third uproarious Uncle Gobb adventure and sees Malcolm and his awful Uncle Gobb return, each with a cunning plot…

Suitable for ages 7+.