Can the U.S. and other coronavirus-ravaged countries take a cue from individuals in crisis, following their own 12-step path to recovery? Jared Diamond, one of America’s most celebrated scholars, says the answer is yes. In a discussion drawing from his book Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis, Diamond looks at how and why some nations through history have recuperated from trauma and others haven’t. As with people, success lies in taking responsibility for problems, seeking and accepting help, and being open to change. This livestream author event is co-presented by Rainy Day Books, the Kansas City Public Library, and the Linda Hall Library.
Randall Munroe, New York Times bestselling author of What If? will be in conversation about his new hardcover, How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems. For any task you might want to do, there’s a right way, a wrong way, and a way so monumentally complex, excessive, and inadvisable that no one would ever try it. How To is a guide to the third kind of approach, offering a delightfully mind-bending way to better understand the science and technology underlying the things we do every day.
A Rainy Day Books Author Event co-sponsored by the Linda Hall Library.
A roundtable discussion on the outlook for science and engineering under the current administration.
Second Saturday Conversation – Too Much to Read: Victorian Periodicals, Bibliographical Utopianism, and the “Bad Indexer”
Presented in partnership with the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Department of English and College of Arts and Sciences.