Question Bridge: Black Males in America Visual presentation and panel
March 22 at 7 p.m. at BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street.
Greenlight Books is collaborating with BRIC for a visual presentation and panel about black men in America. The Question Bridge project includes a video installation, book, and website that facilitates a dialogue between black men from all different backgrounds, hoping to redefine black male identity in America. At the panel, Bayeté Ross Smith, multimedia artist and filmmaker, will moderate a discussion between different generations of black men who have participated in the project.
Writing Home, Writing the World: Githa Hariharan in Conversation with Anjali Singh
March 24 at 7:00 p.m. at McNally Jackson, 52 Prince Street.
Githa Hariharan’s new book of travel essays, Almost Home: Finding a Place in the World from Kashmir to New York, is a treat for globetrotters who like to get under the skin of complex places. Hariharan travels through India, Palestine, Algeria, Tokyo, Spain and, of course, New York, using memory, cultural criticism and history to give voice to urban people fighting for their dreams and dignity. She will be joined by Anjali Singh, who dicovered Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, now of Ayesha Pande Literary.
BULLIES: Alex Abramovich in conversation with Isaac Fitzgerald
March 25 at 7:00 p.m. at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, at 126 Crosby Street
Building an adult friendship with a childhood bully seems an unlikely undertaking. But decades after his nemesis had terrorized him, author Alex Abramovich looked up his bully and found he was the President of the East Bay Rats, a motorcycle club in Oakland. Abramovic moved there to profile his world, resulting in a book that’s part friendship story, part ethnography of Oakland’s sub-communities in the face of rapidly gentrification. Isaac Fitzgerald, editor of Buzzfeed Books, will join.
The Sex & Pleasure Book : Good Vibrations Guide to Great Sex for Everyone Book Launch with Carol Queen
March 27 at 7:00 p.m. at Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen Street
It’s The Joy of Sex for a new generation. Good Vibrations, a sort of Babeland-equivalent on the West Coast, has released a new sex-ed book by noted sexologist Dr. Carol Queen, co-founder of the Center for Sex & Culture, and Shar Rednor. The Sex & Pleasure Book aims to demystify sex, offering detailed advice for a better understanding of the body and relationships through all stages of life. And, of course, ample information about sexual practices, positions and toys.
This week Strand is hosting a new series from a group called Idea Distillery. Parlor Chats is a kind of TED Talk in dialogue, with experts discussing some of the biggest issues of our day. You could fill up your week turning yourself into a fancy pants intellectual with in-depth knowledge of everything from Zika to questioning the very basis of our humanity. Each talk is $12 but if you’re keen, you can get a weeklong pass for $40.
Tuesday: “What don’t we know about Zika virus (and all viruses),” with Stuart Firestein, Chair of Columbia University’s Department of Biological Sciences, and Vincent Racaniello, Professor of Microbiology at Columbia University Medical Center.
Wednesday: “What is America’s role in the world?” with Michèle Flournoy, under secretary of defense for policy from 2009 to 2012, and Bret Stephens, foreign affairs columnist and deputy editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal.
Thursday: “Should we reengineer humanity?” with Carl Zimmer, science columnist for the The New York Times and Daniel Kevles, historian of science at Yale University.
Friday: “How has the internet changed us?” Tricia Wang, who researches global internet culture at Harvard University, and Nathan Jurgenson, a sociologist and social media theorist.