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Title:BOOK TALK _ Culture: The Story of Us, From Cave Art to K-Pop
Date:2/11/2023 (Saturday)
Address:10½ Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108
Location:Boston, MA
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Details:HYBRID BOOK TALK | with Martin Puchner in conversation with Sharmila Sen
Wine and cheese reception to follow.

Why care about the past? What… More good are the arts? At every stage, humanity has sought to understand and transmit to future generations not just the “know-how” of life, but the “know-why”?the meaning and purpose of our existence, as expressed in art, religion, and philosophy. Crucially, societies have always been most successful in both know-how and know-why by adopting and remixing the insights of the past and of other cultures. In this expansive one-volume tour of world culture through the ages, Martin Puchner argues that the arts and humanities are (and have been) essential to the transmission of knowledge that drives and undergirds the efforts of human civilization.

With magnificent global range and narrative flair, Puchner focuses on a series of dramatic turning points to highlight cultural achievements from Nefertiti’s lost city to the plays of Wole Soyinka; from the theaters of ancient Greece to Chinese travel journals to Arab and Aztec libraries; from an Indian statuette found at Pompeii to a time capsule left behind on the Moon. This book will astonish, inform and delight at every turn.

Martin Puchner, the Byron and Anita Wien Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Harvard University, is a prize-winning author, educator, public speaker, and institution builder in the arts and humanities. His writings, which include a dozen books and anthologies and over seventy articles and essays, range from philosophy and theater to world literature and have been translated into many languages. Through his best-selling Norton Anthology of World Literature and his HarvardX MOOC Masterpieces of World Literature, he has brought four thousand years of literature to audiences across the globe.

Sharmila Sen grew up in Calcutta, India, and immigrated to the United States when she was twelve. She was educated in the public schools of Cambridge, Mass., received her A.B. from Harvard and her Ph.D. from Yale in English literature. As an assistant professor at Harvard she taught courses on literatures from Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean for seven years. Currently, she is the Editorial Director at Harvard University Press. Sharmila has lived and worked in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. She has lectured around the world on postcolonial literature and culture and published essays on racism and immigration. Sharmila resides in Cambridge, Mass., with her architect husband and their three children.

Arriving at Art
Join us for a series of events that center around artistic re/discovery, spanning time periods and media. These lively talks and conversations will investigate the lives and works of artists, writers, and documenters, push the boundaries of what we consider to be “art”, and explore art's role in our daily lives.

To reserve IN-PERSON tickets, go to: https://community.bostonathenaeum.org/s/events?event=a2K8a000007cAgI
To reserve VIRTUAL tickets, go to: https://community.bostonathenaeum.org/s/events?event=a2K8a000007cBtC
Event is:One Day Only
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