A fall semester of good reading
Gear up for the fall semester by reading books by some scholars and authors who will be coming to Lafayette.
Prospect Park: Olmsted and Vaux's Brooklyn masterpiece by David P. Colley; photography by Elizabeth Keegin Colley
David P. Colley and Elizabeth Keegin Colley trace Prospect Park's colorful history in this new work.
Mary Liz and David Colley will present a talk in conjunction with the Skillman Library Fall Exhibit featuring photographs by Elizabeth Keegin Colley that reveal the splendors of New York’s long overlooked Prospect Park on Thursday, September 12 at 4:15 p.m. More details >
Just food: Where locavores get it wrong and how we can truly eat responsibly by James McWilliams
McWilliams dispels some myths for those of us paralyzed at the grocery store when trying to make responsible food decisions.
James McWilliams will present a talk, "Veganism for Omnivores" on Thursday, September 19 at 7 p.m. More details >
Origami design secrets: mathematical methods for an ancient art by Robert J. Lang
Lang explains the foundational concepts of origami and provides instructions for origami designs.
Robert J. Lang will present a talk, "From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: The Mathematics of Origami" on Monday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m. More details >
In sorcery's shadow: a memoir of apprenticeship among the Songhay of Niger by Paul Stoller
Stoller recounts his time among sorcerors in the Republic of Niger.
Paul Stoller will discuss "In Sorcery's Shadow" on Wednesday, September 25 at 4 p.m. More details >
The flight of Gemma Hardy: a novel by Margot Livesey
Livesey's latest novel is an homage to Jane Eyre set in the Orkney Islands in the 1950 and 60s.
Margot Livesey, acclaimed fiction writer and Closs Writer-in-Residence, will read from her work on Wednesday, October 16, at 7 p.m. More details >
Black dog of fate: A memoir by Peter Balakian
Balakian's memoir of growing up in the baby-boom suburbs of the ’50s and ’60s and coming to understand what happened to his family during the Armenian genocide.
Peter Balakian will present a lecture, "Raphael Lemkin, Cultural Destruction, and the Armenian Genocide" on Wednesday, October 23, at 4:10 p.m. More details >
What's wrong with homosexuality? by John Corvino
Drawing upon his experiences traveling around the country and talking about same-sex relationships, Corvino addresses the standard objections to homosexuality.
John Corvino will present a lecture, "'Haters,' 'Sinners,' and the Rest of Us: The Gay Debate Today" on Thursday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m. More details >
Nazism as fascism: Violence, ideology, and the ground of consent in Germany 1930-1945 by Geoff Eley
A selection of historian Eley's writings on Nazism and the Third Reich
Geoff Eley and Julia Adeney Thomas will share their latest research on the intersections between photography, visual culture and fascism in Europe and Japan on Monday, October 11, at 4:10 p.m. More details>
I am your slave now do what I say by Anthony Madrid
Madrid's first collection of poetry.
Anthony Madrid will read his ghazals ("short lyric poems written in couplets using a single rhyme") and other poems on Tuesday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m. More details >
The Dead Sea scrolls: A biography by John J. Collins
Collins recounts the history of the Dead Sea scrolls and details the controversies that have surrounded them.
John Jay Collins will speak about the Dead Sea scrolls at the Howard Marblestone Memorial Lecture on Thursday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. More details >