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Thursday
Dec
4
2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 7:30-8:45pm
7:30-8:45pm
Advance tickets for this event have been sold out. A limited number of stand-by tickets will be available at the door starting at 7:15 pm. Bridging biology and philosophy, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and biologist E. O. Wilson's The Meaning of Human Existence poses big questions on the origins, nature, even the existential purpose of humanity. The most overtly philosophical book from this most sublimely reflective of biologists, Wilson writes with "remarkable clarity and a depth of insight that is absolutely unique" (Al Gore) as he shares thoughts on the human place, how we're fundamentally both the same--and different--from common insects, and why advances in science and technology could be more dangerous than we think. Wilson is the author of many works, including On Human Nature (1978) and The Diversity of Life (1992). Presented by: Presented by Town Hall, Grist, and University Book Store, as part of The Seattle Science Lectures sponsored by Microsoft. Series media sponsorship provided by KPLU. Tickets: $5. Doors open: 6:30 pm. Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales. Learn more: About the author. READ MORE: http://www.townhallseattle.org/edward-o-wilson-the-meaning-of-human-existence/
Sunday
Oct
26
2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014 from 7:30-8:45pm
7:30-8:45pm
Author Neal Stephenson (Reamde, Snow Crash) laments our society's loss of a key superpower -- the ability to "Get Big Stuff Done." He shoulders some of the blame, along with colleagues in the realms of science and speculative fiction, with what he calls a failure to supply "hieroglyphs": "Asimovian robots, Heinleinian rocket ships, Gibsonian cyberspace��� plausible, thought-out pictures of alternate realities in which��� compelling innovation has taken place." Project Hieroglyph brings together writers, artists, scientists, and new technologies in an effort to "reignite the iconic and optimistic visions" of the past, and the new anthology Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future features works from Stephenson, Cory Doctorow (Little Brother, Rapture of the Nerds) and others, to challenge people to think in terms of technology, creativity, and bold futures. They'll appear in conversation with Ed Finn, one of Heiroglyph's editors. Presented by: Town Hall and University Book Store, as part of the Arts & Culture series. Sponsored by City Arts. Tickets: $5. Doors open: 6:30 p.m. Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales. Learn more: About Doctorow; about Stephenson. READ MORE: http://www.townhallseattle.org/neal-stephenson-and-cory-doctorow-reigniting-societys-ambition-with-science-fiction/
Monday
Oct
20
2014
Monday, October 20, 2014 from 7:30-8:45pm
7:30-8:45pm
The recent medical disputes around Casey Kasem's death (where a judge allowed his daughter to withhold food) have drawn attention to artificially prolonging life, decision-making processes, and other death-related issues. In Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In the End, Atul Gawande analyzes the process of death, dying, the meaning of care -- and how doctors are getting it wrong. According to Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital, despite modern medical advancements, treatment "falls short" when it comes to the elderly and aging. He explores examples of nursing home patients confined to railed beds, the "devastating," life-extending procedures used by hospitals, and how these methods can be improved through Hospice and other dignified care methods. Gawande is also the author of Complications and The Checklist Manifesto. Presented by: Town Hall and University Book Store, as part of the Civics series. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True-Brown Foundation. Series media sponsorship provided by The Stranger and KUOW. Tickets: $5. Doors open: 6:30 p.m. Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales. Learn more: About the author. READ MORE: http://www.townhallseattle.org/atul-gawande-dying-with-dignity/
Thursday
Oct
16
2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 7:30-8:45pm
7:30-8:45pm
With ongoing conflicts, and terrifying new threats in the Middle East, some feel it's time for the United States to radically rethink its foreign policy. Retired General Wesley Clark is one of them--and in Don't Wait for the Next War, Clark offers his advice on refreshing our approach before it's too late. A former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, Clark will share his ideas as they relate to the Middle East, climate change, China's rising power, and the imperative of "dependable cybersecurity." Moving beyond foreign policy, Clark will also offer insight into domestic threats such as terrorism and finances, explaining how they all lead back to America's position as a global leader. Clark is also the author of Waging Modern War (2002) and Winning Modern Wars (2004). Presented by: Presented by Town Hall and University Book Store, as part of the Civics series. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True-Brown Foundation. Series media sponsorship provided by The Stranger and KUOW. Tickets: $5. Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales. Doors open: 6:30 p.m. READ MORE: http://www.townhallseattle.org/wesley-clark-rethinking-american-foreign-policy/
Tuesday
Oct
14
2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 from 7:30-8:45pm
7:30-8:45pm
Though awareness of the relationship between home-cooked food and healthier lifestyles is increasing, so is the pace of our lives, and many people can't make the time to cook elaborate recipes for every meal. Veteran food writer Mark Bittman (How to Cook Everything, Vegan Before 6p.m.) has published a new book of recipes addressing this challenge. In How to Cook Everything Fast: A Better Way to Cook Great Food, Bittman offers time-saving steps (using a food processor, preparing vegetables while a pot is simmering, cutting out common ingredients) to use in daily life. From Cheddar Waffles with Bacon Maple Syrup, to Apple Crumble Under the Broiler, his simple culinary innovations might change the way you cook food. He'll share insight into his book, and outline the most important--and of course, time-saving--steps to take in the kitchen. Presented by: Presented by Town Hall in partnership with Book Larder, as part of the Arts & Culture series. Sponsored by City Arts. Tickets: $5. Doors open: 6:30 p.m. Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales. Learn more: Check out a few of Bittman's recipes. READ MORE: http://www.townhallseattle.org/mark-bittman-cooking-quickly-in-a-fast-paced-world/
Thursday
Oct
9
2014
Thursday, October 9, 2014 from 7:30-8:45pm
7:30-8:45pm
Trayvon Martin, the New Jim Crow, immigration reform, and an Obama presidency have brought up modern issues of race, equality, and the African American legacy. In his latest book, Union Theological Seminary's Cornel West explores the phenomenon known as Black Prophetic Fire, offering an analysis of six well-respected African American leaders -- Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and Ida Wells-Barnett. By both praising and critically analyzing the actions of these influential figures, West takes them off the pedestal they were placed on so long ago. According to West, modern African American leaders are either incarcerated or, like President Obama, have been co-opted and "have no deep conviction." His book asks where the radical, outspoken spirit -- the "black prophetic fire" -- of the 19th and 20th centuries disappeared to, and opens a door to potentially "rekindle" it. West is the bestselling author of Race Matters and Democracy Matters. Presented by: Presented by Town Hall and Elliott Bay Book Company, as part of the Civics series. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True-Brown Foundation. Series media sponsorship provided by The Stranger and KUOW. Tickets: $5. Doors open: 6:30 p.m. Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales. Learn more: About the author. READ MORE: http://www.townhallseattle.org/cornel-west-rekindling-black-prophetic-fire/
Tuesday
Oct
7
2014
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 8-10:30pm
8-10:30pm
This popular, off-the-wall public-speaking series returns with its simple goal: "Enlighten us, but make it quick." Since 2006, Ignite communities have thrived in Portland, Sydney, Boulder, Baltimore, NYC, and elsewhere. Presenters are asked: If you had five minutes on stage, what would you say? What if you got only 20 slides, and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Touching briefly on a variety of topics, from the DIY community to parent-educator relationships, and presented by anyone and everyone, Ignite events are all-ages, fast-paced, sometimes-unpredictable, and always thought-provoking. Starting at 7 p.m., a networking event precedes the talks; all are encouraged to attend and participate. The main stage program begins at 8 p.m. Presented by: Town Hall and Ignite! Seattle. Tickets: $5. Doors open: 7:00 p.m. Talks begin at 8:00 p.m. Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating. Note: The Ignite bar will be open, but can accept only cash or checks. Learn more: About Ignite Seattle! READ MORE: http://www.townhallseattle.org/ignite-seattle-7/
Friday
Oct
3
2014
Friday, October 3, 2014 from 7:30-8:45pm
7:30-8:45pm
As the first -- and nearest -- hill to the original waterfront settlement of Seattle, the First Hill neighborhood has a rich old history. We might be biased -- given Town Hall's central location in the neighborhood -- but First Hill is one of the most unique locations in the city. This special event will unveil an installation of Paul Dorpat's and Jean Sherrard's photography exhibition "First Hill and Beyond" in Town Hall's north lobby. Beginning with Henry Yesler and his pals' initial truck up to First Hill -- a fine spot for their crustless cucumber sandwich lunch break -- this exhibition and event will give a whirlwind overview of Pacific Northwest history. In an enthusiastic, audience participation-filled event (think, tent revivalism!), learn about local history, get a whiff of sulfur, a touch of elysium, and a taste of Seattle scandals long forgotten. Historian Dorpat has written the popular "Now and Then" column for the Sunday Seattle Times' Pacific Northwest Magazine since 1982, and Sherrard joined him in 2006. Presented by: Town Hall as part of its Civics series. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True-Brown Foundation. Series media sponsorship provided by The Stranger and KUOW.This project has been funded in part by a grant from the Eldridge Campbell Stockton Memorial Fund for Washington of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Tickets: $5. Doors open: 6:30 p.m. Learn more: About First Hill's history. READ MORE: http://www.townhallseattle.org/paul-dorpat-and-jean-sherrard-first-hill-and-beyond/
Tuesday
Sep
30
2014
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 7:30-8:45pm
7:30-8:45pm
With an annual holiday celebrating his impact, and prolific speeches like "I Have a Dream" and "I Have Been to the Mountaintop," Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s wisdom continues to influence America to this day. Despite his vast impact, little is known about the final year of the civil rights leader's life. Bestselling author Tavis Smiley's Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year chronicles this lost time, including the rejection he faced from the African American middle class, assaults on his character, and negative decline in the opinions of many. Called "a revealing and dramatic tale," Death of a King explores these 365 days, offering insight into the man everyone is familiar with, but few really knew. The author of 16 books, Smiley is also the host of Tavis Smiley on PBS and Public Radio International's The Tavis Smiley Show. Presented by: Town Hall and Elliott Bay Book Company, as part of the Civics series. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True-Brown Foundation. Series media sponsorship provided by The Stranger and KUOW. Media sponsorship for this event provided by KCTS-9. Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales. Tickets: $5. Doors open: 6:30 p.m. Learn more: About the author; listen to Smiley discuss the book. READ MORE: http://www.townhallseattle.org/tavis-smiley-mlks-last-days-and-lasting-legacy/
Saturday
Sep
27
2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 7:30-8:45pm
7:30-8:45pm
Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich recently commended Seattle for leading a long-overdue movement toward a living wage. Reich's legacy as a voice for workers, a business thinker, and an author was recently amplified with the award-winning documentary "Inequality for All." What implications does Seattle's recently passed $15 minimum wage have for the future economics of the Puget Sound? Reich will discuss national income inequality trends, the effect they're having on the poorest of the poor, how the income gap is "undermining our democracy" -- and why Seattle has gotten it right. Reich will be joined by an expert panel for an onstage Q&A. The author of Aftershock and Beyond Outrage, he is also a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Presented by: Town Hall and Elliott Bay Book Company, as part of the Reclaiming Prosperity thread of the Civics series, presented with Working Washington. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True-Brown Foundation. Series media sponsorship provided by The Stranger and KUOW. Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales. Doors open: 6:00 p.m. Learn more: About Working Washington. READ MORE: http://www.townhallseattle.org/reclaiming-prosperity-robert-reich-15-for-all/