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6 Awesome Lectures To Attend In Boston Fall 2016

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Updated: 20 December 2016
Boston is notorious for being a college town, and some of the top universities in the world call the city home. While the migration of thousands of students every fall can be a hassle to locals, it means that events begin again. Start with these six lectures this fall, and keep an eye out for more throughout the school year.
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‘Hell You Talmbout?’: Black Lives, Black Resistance and Hip-Hop, Dr. Andreanna Clay

In this lecture and question-and-answer session, Dr. Andreanna Clay will examine the response of hip-hop communities to civil rights movements of today, like Black Lives Matter. Dr. Clay is an associate professor at San Francisco State University and has written the book Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back: Youth Activism and Post-Civil Rights Politics. Her book explores similar themes that will be presented in this talk, plus she has written many articles on hip-hop culture, youth activism, queer sexuality, and feminism.

When: Tuesday, September 27, 4:30 pm-6:00 pm

Where: Boston College, Devlin Hall, Room 101

Cost: Free

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Finding Your Myth, Sanjay Patel

An Oscar-nominated animation director at PIXAR, Sanjay Patel will give a talk at the MFA on fitting in and finding his identity. Patel has written and illustrated graphic novels that explore Hindu mythology by telling traditional stories in a new and contemporary way. Pre-signed copies will be available for purchase in the MFA Shop.

When: Friday, September 30, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium (Auditorium 161)

Cost: $20, buy tickets here

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Did the Bible’s Creators Actually Have Ethical Teachings?, Seth Sanders

Seth Sanders from the University of California Davis will present this lecture at Emerson College as part of the school’s Adventure in Ethics Series, ‘On Religion.’ This is the third year that this series of lectures will take place. If you can’t make this talk, be sure to look at Emerson’s events calendar to catch another talk in the series.

When: Tuesday, October 4, 4:00 pm-6:00 pm

Where: Emerson College, Little Building, Charles Beard Room

Cost: Free

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Big Ice: Antarctica, Greenland, and Boston, Richard Alley

Presented by MIT and taking place at the New England Aquarium, Richard Alley from the University of Pennsylvania will present this talk as part of the annual John Carlson Lecture Series. Alley will explain the impact of the two-mile-thick ice sheet that once covered Boston 20,000 years ago. Scientists can still find clues of that ice, similar to ice sheets on Antarctica and Greenland, in Boston Harbor.

When: Thursday, October 13, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Where: New England Aquarium, Simons IMAX Theatre

Cost: Free, Register here

 Lake Fryxell in Antarctica | ©Joe Mastroianni

Lake Fryxell in Antarctica | © Joe Mastroianni/WikiCommons

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Can Art Fight War?, Polina Barskova

Russian poet and associate professor at Hampshire College, Polina Barskova will present her work The Living Pictures. This collection of short stories, essays, and a play examine life during the World War II-era siege of Leningrad. The collection is banned in St. Petersburg and won the Andrei Bely Prize in 2015. It has drawn both significant praise and harsh criticism from reviewers.

When: Thursday, October 20, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Where: Boston University, Pardee School of Global Studies, 121 Bay State Road (1st floor)

Cost: Free

Leningrad in 1942| © Boris Kudoyarov/Wikipedia

Leningrad in 1942| © Boris Kudoyarov/WikiCommons

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How Not To Die, Dr. Michael Greger M.D.

Physician, bestselling author and internationally known speaker Dr. Michael Greger will discuss his latest book, How Not To Die. In this book, Dr. Greger explains how so many deaths can be prevented through minor lifestyle changes, such as adjustments in diet or an increase in exercise. He examines the top 15 causes of death in the United States, from heart disease to diabetes, and describes how sometimes lifestyle changes can work better than prescription medications. How Not To Die has instantly become a New York Times bestseller, and Dr. Greger’s talk is part of a week of World Food Day events.

When: Friday, October 21, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Where: Harvard Law School, Pound Hall Room 101

Cost: Free