Published On: Fri, Feb 10th, 2017

MIT Press Bookstore Launches New Author Series

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This month the MIT Press Bookstore is launching an exciting new series of events, Authors@MIT. The series features authors and experts on the cutting edge of topics that we all need to know more about, among them: young people and new media, business innovation, life in a digitally defined world, the intersection of science and art, the future of technology, the nature of knowledge, and more. While most of the events will be at the Press Bookstore, some will take place at other area venues, in collaboration with the Boston Book Festival, the Cambridge Public Library, Le Laboratoire, local restaurants, and other partners.

“The MIT Press Bookstore has long been a cornerstone in the intellectual life of the Institute and in the expanding innovation district surrounding MIT,” says Amy Brand, director of the MIT Press. “With our recent move to the Massachusetts Ave. side of campus and with our expanded facility, we’re really thrilled to have the opportunity to offer the community a completely new kind of author series, explicitly designed to promote public engagement with science, technology, and design broadly defined, featuring short informal talks with audience and panel discussion.”

The series will include one or two events per month and will begin on Feb. 28 with a talk by Meryl Alper, Northeastern University associate professor of communication studies and faculty associate with Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, in conversation with Jennifer Light, professor and head of MIT’s Program in Science, Technology and Society and professor of urban studies and planning at MIT. They’ll be discussing Alper’s new MIT Press book, “Giving Voice: Mobile Communication, Disability, and Inequality” at 6 p.m. at the MIT Press Bookstore’s new location at 301 Massachusetts Avenue.

Additional upcoming talks include MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito in discussion with MIT Institute Professor Robert Langer about Ito’s book “Whiplash: How to Survive our Faster Future“; MIT’s Peter Temin discussing his timely new book, “The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy“; and later this spring, Susan Maycock and Charles Sullivan, from the Cambridge Historical Commission, will discuss their recent book, “Building Old Cambridge: Architecture and Development.”

For more information or to sign up for news about upcoming events, visit mitpressbookstore.mit.edu/events.