Hero, Master, Demagogue, Beast: The Classical Roots of Modern Fascism

Fascism is having a revival. On Tuesday, Oct. 23, join the Friends of the Library and author Nathan Crick for a classical interpretation of fascism through the lens of four Greek literary and philosophical works—through the heroic epic of Homer’s Iliad, the rhetorical mastery of Gorgias’ Encomium of Helen, the demagogue of Aristophanes’ Birds, and the…

Science Images and Public Amazement: The Implications of Communicating Science Visually

Thursday, September 20, 2018 | 6:00—7:30 PM | Addlestone Library Rm. 227 Popular science images are often dismissed as superficial or supplemental, but, in reality, they have the potential to be powerful vehicles of communication. Ties between scientific communities and non-expert publics could be strengthened through responsible visual communication. As funding for scientific research becomes…

May 30 | Tomb of the Unknown Racist—A Conversation with Blanche McCrary Boyd

Wednesday, May 30 | 6:00—7:00 p.m. | Randolph Hall/Alumni Memorial Hall Join award-winning novelist Blanche McCrary Boyd for a discussion of her provocative new novel, Tomb of the Unknown Racist, her first novel in twenty years. A family story set against political and racial struggle, it is based on real life events surrounding William Luther Pierce, Timothy…

Sept. 19 | Journalist Masha Gessen Discusses Vladimir Putin & Donald Trump

Uncertain Correspondence: Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump 6:00 p.m. | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | Sottile Theatre | 44 George St.  Free and open to the public Masha Gessen, prominent Russian-American journalist and author of the acclaimed critical biography of Vladimir Putin, The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, will speak on the subject of…