Orange is the New Black

Piper Kerman will speak on criminal justice reform as part of the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics’ Chambers Lecture series on Feb. 19 in Gasson Hall, room 100. Kerman is the author of the best-selling memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, which chronicles the 13 months she spent in the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut. Her book explores the experience of incarceration and the lives of the women she met in prison, and was adapted into the critically acclaimed Netflix series “Orange is the New Black.” Kerman is an award-winning advocate for prison and criminal justice reform. She has testified before the U.S. Senate on solitary confinement, women prisoners, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Her talk begins at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and seating is on first-come, first-served basis.

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Dermot Sparhawk

The crime novel series featuring private investigator Dermot Sparhawk continues with the release of Murder in the Charlestown Bricks. The novel is about Sparhawk’s search for the person who murdered a woman who was like a second mother to him. Dermot Sparhawk is the creation of Tom MacDonald, a Boston College alumnus who also teaches in BC’s Woods College of Advancing Studies. MacDonald is a computer programmer-turned-novelist who directs a food pantry in Boston. He first introduced readers to Sparhawk in his novel The Charlestown Connection. Read more about MacDonald in The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge.

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What would President Niebuhr do?

R. Ward Holder and Peter Josephson, both from St. Anselm’s College, will discuss their new book, Reinhold Niebuhr in Theory and Practice: Christian Realism and Democracy in America in the Twenty-First Century on Feb. 13 at noon at an event hosted by the Boisi Center. The authors explain the collapse of the Niebuhrian renaissance in public life and consider the possibility of a distinctly Niebuhrian public intellectualism and political practice in the wake of the 2016 election. Advance registration is required for the event.

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Martha C. Nussbaum

Martha C. Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago, will present “Fear, Anger, Democracy: Our Need for the Liberal Arts” on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in Gasson Hall, room 100. A highly regarded philosopher and public intellectual, Nussbaum is the author of numerous books, including The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis, Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach, Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education, and The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy, among many others. She has been honored with the Kyoto Prize, Japan’s highest private award for global achievement; the Berggruen Prize, a worldwide prize in philosophy; the Don M. Randel Award for Humanistic Studies from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and more than 60 honorary degrees. Co-sponsors: Lowell Humanities Series and the Institute for the Liberal Arts.

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The gender gap in computing

Linda J. Sax, a professor of higher education in the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA, will present “The Gender Gap in Computing: How Some Universities are Moving the Needle” on Feb. 7 at 2:45 p.m. in Fulton Hall, room 117. Sax is the author of The Gender Gap in College: Maximizing the Developmental Potential of Women and Men. Her research focuses on gender differences in college student development, with an emphasis on women in STEM fields. Sponsor: The Institute for the Liberal Arts.

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Depression: The Secret We Share

Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, will give a lecture on “Depression: The Secret We Share” on Feb. 7 at 7:00 p.m. in Gasson Hall, room 100. Drawing on his own struggles with depression, Solomon examines the personal, cultural, and scientific aspects of the illness. A worldwide bestseller available in more than 20 languages, The Noonday Demon was winner of a National Book Award and a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. Solomon is also the author of award-winning book Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & the Search for Identity, an examination of families in which children are very different from their parents for which he interviewed more than 300 families. He is a contributor to NPR, The New York Times, and other publications and a professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University.  Sponsor: Park Street Corporation Speaker Series.

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Melville and the Aesthetics of Radical Democracy

Wake Forest University Associate Professor of English Jennifer Greiman will present “Ruthless, Militant, Round: On Melville and the Aesthetics of Radical Democracy” on Feb. 6 at 4:30 p.m. in Devlin Hall, room 101. Greiman is the author of Democracy’s Spectacle: Sovereignty and Public Life in Antebellum American Writing and the co-editor of The Last Western: Deadwood and the End of American Empire. Her current book project is Melville’s Ruthless Democracy. Sponsor: Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, with support from the English Department.

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