Leader Lunch Discussions

Thursdays, 12:00pm - Elliott Library, Room 507

Bring your lunch and join Leader Dr. Anne Klaeysen for in depth discussions on a variety of timely subjects.

Month of January

AFTERMATH: SIXTEEN WRITERS ON TRUMP’S AMERICA - (see calendar for discussion dates)

February 2 "Rewriting the Code of Life" by Michael Specter, The New Yorker, 1/2/17
February 9 "Conscious Exotica" by Murray Shanahan, Aeon, 10/19/16
February 16 "The Trouble with Quantum Mechanics" by Steven Weinberg, NY Review of Books, 1/19/17
February 23 "If Not Darwin, Who?" by Philip Ball, Nautilus, 12/15/16
March 2 The Future Is Mixed Race” by Scott Solomon, Aeon, 2/2/17 
March 9 Latte Pappas: Sweden’s Hands-on Dads” by Richard W. Orange, Aeon, 1/18/17
March 16 It’s Putin’s World” by Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, March 2017 
March 23 The New Underground Railroad” by Jason Markusoff, Maclean’s, 2/7/17 
March 30 How Assad Is Winning” by Charles Glass, NY Review of Books, 2/23/17 
April 6 "Department of Justification" by Emily Bazelon, The NY Times Magazine, 3/5/17 (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/28/magazine/jeff-sessions-stephen-bannon-justice-department.html)
April 13 "The Seventh Generation" by Saul Elbein, The NY Times Magazine, 1/29/17 (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/magazine/the-youth-group-that-launched-a-movement-at-standing-rock.html)
April 20 "The Only Way We Can Fight Back Is to Excel" by Dale Russakoff, The NY Times Magazine, 1/29/17 (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/magazine/the-only-way-we-can-fight-back-is-to-excel.html)
April 27 "Divisions of Labor" by Barbara Ehrenreich and "The Jobs Americans Do" by Binyamin Appelbaum, The NY Times Magazine, 2/26/17 (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/23/magazine/american-working-class-future.html and https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/23/magazine/the-new-working-class.html)
May 4 “A Sense of Belonging” by E.D. Hirsch, Jr., Democracy, Spring 2017 (http://democracyjournal.org/magazine/44/a-sense-of-belonging/
May 11 “Making Athens Great Again” by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, The Atlantic, April 2017 (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/04/making-athens-great-again/517791/
May 18

“Conflict and Consensus” by Scott Spillman, The Point, Winter 2017 (https://thepointmag.com/2017/politics/conflict-and-consensus

May 25 “I Thought I Understood the American Right. Trump Proved Me Wrong.” By Rick Perlstein, The NY Times Magazine, 4/11/17 (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/11/magazine/i-thought-i-understood-the-american-right-trump-proved-me-wrong.html)
June 1 “The Woman Who Gave Us the Science of Normal Life” by Sasha Chapman, Nautilus, 3/30/17 (http://nautil.us/issue/46/balance/the-woman-who-gave-us-the-science-of-normal-life
June 8 “My Life with the Physics Dream Team” by Steve Paulson, Nautilus, 12/8/16 (http://nautil.us/issue/43/heroes/my-life-with-the-physics-dream-team
June 15 “Daniel Dennett’s Science of the Soul” by Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 3/27/17 (http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/03/27/daniel-dennetts-science-of-the-soul
June 22

“Minding Matter” by Adam Frank, Aeon, 3/13/17 (https://aeon.co/essays/materialism-alone-cannot-explain-the-riddle-of-consciousness)

June 29

“The Use and Abuse of Science” by Harry Collins, Spiked Review, March 2017 (http://www.spiked-online.com/spiked-review/article/the-use-and-abuse-of-science/19615#.WO1GZPkrLcs)

July 6

“Before Straight and Gay” by Deborah Cohen, The Atlantic, March 2017 (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/03/before-straight-and-gay/513812/

July 13

Future Tension” by Anthony Sudbery, Aeon, 12/13/16

July 20

Disgust Made Us Human” by Kathleen McAuliffe, Aeon, 6/6/16

July 27

Darwin Was a Slacker and You Should Be Too” by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Nautilus, 3/30/17 

August 3

The Philosophy Toolkit” by Sam Dresser, Aeon, 4/3/17

August 10

The Strange Persistence of Guilt” by Wilfred M. McClay, The Hedgehog Review, vol. 19 no. 1, Spring 2-17

August 17

Invisible Manipulators of Your Mind” by Tamsin Shaw, New York Review of Books, 4/20/17

August 24

The Academy’s Assault on Intellectual Diversity” (PDF version) by Robert Byers, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 3/19/17

August 31

The Cultured Life” by Joseph Epstein, The Weekly Standard, 3/20/17

September 7

"The quitting economy" by Ilana Gershon, Aeon, 7/26/17

September 14

"Neighborhood Watched" by Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, 6/26/17

September 21

"Paradise Possible" by Michael J. Lewis, First Things, August 2017

September 28

"Why the Myth of Meritocracy Hurts Kids of Color" by Melinda D. Anderson, The Atlantic, 7/27/17

"Black stories matter: on the whiteness of children's books" by Andrea Adomako, Aeon, 7/26/17

October 5 "'Flee At Once': China's Besieged Human Rights Lawyers" by Alex W. Palmer, The New York Times, 7/25/17
October 12 "Nuclear Diplomacy: From Iran to North Korea?" by Jessica T. Matthews, The New York Review of Books, 8/17/17
October 19 "The Race to Solar Power Africa" by Bill McKibben, The New Yorker, 6/26/17
October 26 "Businessman Paints Terrifying and Complex Picture of Putin's Russia" by Miles Parks, NPR, 7/28/17
November 2

“Adam Smith and Capitalism for Beginners” by Santi Tafarella, Prometheus Unbound blog, 7/4/12 (https://santitafarella.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/adam-smith-and-capitalism-for-beginners/);

“Theory of Capitalism” from The Center on Capitalism and Society, (http://capitalism.columbia.edu/theory-capitalism);

"Is Capitalism Moral" by Steven Pearlstein, The Washington Post, 3/15/13 (https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/is-capitalism-moral/2013/03/15/a9ed66d4-868b-11e2-999e-5f8e0410cb9d_story.html?utm_term=.414e2f1c6bce)

November 9

"Capitalism and Democracy - The Odd Couple" by Martin Wolf, Financial Times, 9/19/17 (http://www.realclearworld.com/2017/09/20/capitalism_and_democracy_the_odd_couple_188023.html)

"Insanely Concentrated Wealth Is Strangling Our Prosperity" by Steve Roth, Evonomics, 9/18/17 (https://evonomics.com/insanely-concentrated-wealth-strangling-prosperity/)

November 16

"Carl Icahn's Failed Raid on Washington" by Patrick Radden Keef, The New Yorker, 8/31/17 (https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/08/28/carl-icahns-failed-raid-on-washington)

November 30

"The Conservative Case for Unions" by Jonathan Rauch, The Atlantic, July/August 2017 (https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/07/the-conservative-case-for-unions/528708/)

"Canada's NAFTA Labor Plank" by Dean Baker, Democracy Journal, 10/10/17 (https://democracyjournal.org/arguments/canadas-nafta-labor-plank/)

December 7 "How Civilization Started" by John Lanchester, The New Yorker, 9/18/17 (www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/09/18/the-case-against-civilization)
December 14

"Robert Sapolsky's Behave is a tour de force of science writing" by Henry Marsh, New Statesman, 10/21/17 (https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/books/2017/10/robert-sapolsky-s-behave-tour-de-force-science-writing)

"Why Your Brain Hates Other People" by Robert Sapolsky, Nautilus, 6/22/17 (http://nautil.us/issue/49/the-absurd/why-your-brain-hates-other-people)

December 21 "What Are We Doing Here?" by Marilynne Robinson, The New York Review of Books, 11/9/17 (http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2017/11/09/what-are-we-doing-here/

Folders with relevant articles will be available from Maggie Determann in the Membership office.