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Sunday, October 26, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Neal Stephenson and Cory Doctorow: Reigniting Society’s Ambition with Science Fiction

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5.

Neal Stephenson
Arts & Culture

Bestselling science fiction author Stephenson laments our society’s loss of a key superpower — the ability to “Get Big Stuff Done.” To combat this, Project Hieroglyph brings together writers, artists, scientists, and new technologies in an effort to “reignite the iconic and optimistic visions” of the past. Doctorow and Stephenson will discuss the project, the collection of anthologies, and how to change the course of society’s ambition.

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Monday, October 20, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Atul Gawande: Dying with Dignity

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5.

Atul Gawande
Civics

Debates often occur around artificially prolonging life, decision-making processes, and other death-related issues. Being Mortal author Gawande says when it comes to dying, treatment “falls short” for the elderly and aging. He’ll share examples of patients confined to beds, and offer guidance for more dignified methods of care.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Wesley Clark: Rethinking American Foreign Policy

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5.

welsey clark
Civics

Retired General Wesley Clark — author of the new book Don’t Wait for the Next War — thinks the United States needs to radically rethink its foreign policies. He’ll share his ideas on the Middle East, climate change, cybersecurity, and other threats to America’s role as a global leader.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Edward O. Wilson: ‘The Meaning of Human Existence’

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5.

edward wilson
Science

Bridging biology and philosophy, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and biologist Wilson’s latest work poses big questions on the origins, nature, even the existential purpose of humanity. He’ll share insight on the human place, how we’re the same — and different from insects — and why advances in technology could be more dangerous than we think.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:00 – 7:00pm

Jess Walter with Mary Ann Gwinn: LitCrawl Seattle

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. Free.

Jess Walter
Arts & Culture

Seattle’s third annual LitCrawl mixes our city’s celebrated love of reading with notable authors, readings, happy hours and other events scattered throughout Seattle in likely and unlikely settings. To kickoff LitCrawl 2014, Walter will read from his new suite of short stories We Live in Water.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Theodore Gray: Molecules: The ‘Architecture of Everything’

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

TheodoreGray_photocreditNickMann
Science

Our universe comprises infinite elemental combinations called molecules. Building off the work started in The Elements, Popular Science Magazine‘s Gray maps the mysteries of the material world and the many, many uses of molecules.

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Monday, October 13, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

John Lanchester with Steve Scher: Understanding the Language of Money

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

Lanchester, John © John Lanchester
Civics

Journalist Lanchester maintains the language created to describe financial transactions is often intentionally used to hide the truth from the public. How to Speak Money defines these arcane terms, offering insight into how ordinary people can reclaim their finances.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Lucinda Franks: Robert Morgenthau’s Unlikely Love Story

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

Lucinda Franks Timeless web crop
Arts & Culture

When 26-year-old Franks met 53-year-old Manhattan District Attorney Morgenthau, she began her “miraculous story” of a love without bounds. More than 30 years later, Franks shares the story of their marriage, personal lives, and offers an inside look at his most iconic cases.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Mary Randlett and Frances McCue: Images of the Northwest

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

Theodore Roethke
Arts & Culture

Pacific Northwest photographer Randlett has been documenting local figures since her iconic 1963 images of Theodore Roethke — the last before the poet’s death. She’ll discuss the stories behind these and other images from Mary Randlett Portraits with McCue.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45pm

Diane Ackerman with Steve Scher: How Humans Shaped the Planet

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

Diane Ackerman
Science

Homo Sapiens are the most dominant species on the planet, and naturalist Ackerman’s The Human Age gives insight into how, for better or worse, this has altered the planet. She’ll explain how apes using iPads, synthetic organs, and other occurrences are paving the way for the future.

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