Friday February 24, 2012
Start: 02/24/2012 11:30 am
End: 02/24/2012 12:30 pm

Dylan Ratigan is mad as hell. Infuriated by government corruption and corporate communism, incensed by banksters shaking down taxpayers, and despairing of an ailing health care system, an age-old dependency on foreign oil, and a failing educational system, Ratigan sees an America that has allowed itself to be swindled and robbed. In this book, his first, he rips the lid off our deeply crooked system—and offers a way out.

This country, now more than ever, needs passionate debate and smart policy, a brazen willingness to scrap what doesn’t work, and the entrepreneurial spirit to try what does. Ratigan has compiled brash and fresh solutions for building a new and better America, and with this book he has started the debate America deserves.

Monday February 27, 2012
Start: 02/27/2012 6:00 pm
End: 02/27/2012 7:30 pm

Nathan Englander, the internationally acclaimed author of the novel The Ministry of Special Cases and the story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, discusses and signs his latest story collection, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank.

These eight new stories display Englander grappling with the great questions of modern life, with a command of language and the imagination that place him at the forefront of contemporary American fiction.

Tuesday February 28, 2012
Start: 02/28/2012 6:00 pm
End: 02/28/2012 7:00 pm
Wednesday February 29, 2012
Start: 02/29/2012 6:00 pm
End: 02/29/2012 7:30 pm

Although most strategists recognize that the dominance of the West is on the wane, they are confident that its founding ideas—democracy, capitalism, and secular nationalism—will continue to spread, ensuring that the Western order will outlast its primacy. In No One’s World: The West, the Rising Rest, and the Coming Global Turn, Charles Kupchan challenges this view, arguing that the world is headed for political and ideological diversity; he believes the ascent of the West was the product of social and economic conditions unique to Europe and the United States.

As other regions now rise, they are following their own paths to modernity and embracing their own conceptions of domestic and international order. The twenty-first century will not belong to America, China, Asia, or anyone else. It will be no one‘s world. For the first time in history, Kupchan says, the world will be interdependent—but without a center of gravity or global guardian.

The World Beyond the Headlines lecture series is a project of the Center for International Studies. This event is cosponsored by International House and the Seminary Coop Bookstores.

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Start: 02/29/2012 6:00 pm
End: 02/29/2012 7:00 pm

The Variations is a powerful debut novel about a priest who has lost his church, his mentor, and, most upsetting, his ability to pray. How can Father Dominic protect or guide his parish when everything he loves falls away? How can he counsel Dolores, a troubled teenager prone to emotional panic and spiritual monomania? Or James, a promising African American pianist, struggling to realize his artistic ambitions by bringing his own voice to a piece that has been played by the world's most brilliant pianists, Bach's Goldberg Variations.

Into this malaise comes Andrea, a sophisticated New York editor attracted at first by Dom's blog and then by the man himself. Dom's journey from the cloth into the secular world will offer carnal knowledge, but also something deeper, a more resistant knowledge as life fails to offer happiness or redemption. In prose both searching and muscular, John Donatich's The Variations has located the right metaphor for our spiritual crisis in this story of one man's spiritual disillusion and ache for self-knowledge.

Thursday March 01, 2012
Start: 03/01/2012 7:00 pm
End: 03/01/2012 9:00 pm

Mukoma wa Ngugi, Kadija Sesay, Kennedy Waliaula and Jeffery Renard Allen join St. Petersburg Review and 57th Street Books for a historic reading and discussion of African literature. Moderators: Tom Burke and Elizabeth Hodges.

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