2003 Schedule of Events
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FEBRUARY IS BLACK
A TIME TO
BREAK THE SILENCE
excerpted from a speech by Martin Luther
New York CityApril 4, 1967
A time comes when
silence is betrayal. Even when pressed by the
demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume
the task of opposing their governments
policy, especially in time of war
. We are
called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless,
for the victims of our nation, for those it calls
enemy, for no document from human
hands can make these humans any less our
. I am convinced that if we are to
get on the right side of the world revolution, we
as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of
values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a
thing-oriented society to a person-oriented
society. When machines and computers, profit
motives and property rights, are considered more
important than people, the giant triplets of
racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are
incapable of being conquered.
Monday, February 3, 7:30 p.m.
ASAD ABUKHALIL examines the roots of the
September 11 crisis, the causes for antipathy
toward the United States, and the historical
relations between the U.S. and the Islamic world
in his compelling Bin Laden, Islam, and
Americas New War on Terrorism (Seven Stories, $8.95).
Opening with an introduction on the legacy of
Western misconceptions about Islam, AbuKhalil
focuses on Islamic fundamentalism and U.S.
foreign policy, and the ways in which both
polarize the world into a with us or
against us view.
Bin Laden, Islam, and
Americas New War on Terrorism
Wednesday, February 5, 7:30 p.m.
Warmly received by
the Daily Camera and one of National Public
Radios Best Books to Give for the
Holiday Season, The Creaky Traveler in
the North West Highlands of Scotland (Sentient, $15.95) is part
travelogue, part guidebook, and all charm and wit.
On a journey of discovery, local author WARREN
ROVETCH and his wife Gerda explore Great
Britains last wilderness, the rugged
northwest coast of Scotland; mobile but not
agile, the couple brings fresh perspectives
to the environmental, cultural, and spiritual
dimensions of their journey.
The Creaky Traveler in
the North West Highlands of Scotland
Thursday, February 6, 7:30 p.m.
In this delicately
gorgeous collection of poems, University of
Colorado alumna and Green Rose Prize winner
GRETCHEN MATTOX peels back layers of human armor
to reveal the sorrows beneath. Goodnight
Architecture (New Issues, $14.00) travels
from youth to maturity, shattering day-to-day
social convention as well as the myths of family
and of the past along the way to the hard-won
present. Candid, agile, and yet demonstrative of
the poets grit and perseverance, this debut
collection speaks to both the mind and the heart.
Tuesday, February 11, 7:30 p.m.
WILLIAM GIBSON has
been hailed as one of the most culturally and
technologically attuned writers of our time. Now,
in Pattern Recognition (Putnam, $24.95), Gibson
probes the here and now in his first novel set
entirely in the present. Moving from London to
Tokyo to Moscow, a brilliant, emotionally
vulnerable young woman must risk her career and
her life as she negotiates a gauntlet of
criminals, spies, and corporate sharks in search
of the creator of a mesmerizing series of
Internet video clips that have become known
simply as the footage.
Wednesday, February 12, 7:30 p.m.
Alaska: Saga of a Bold
(HarperCollins, $34.95) is the first
comprehensive history of Alaska in fifty years; a
sweeping narrative, this history tells the entire
Alaskan saga, from earliest inhabitants to
contemporary challenges. Alaskas history is
filled with stories of new land, new people, new
richesand ever-present conflict over how
its resources are used, and by whom. WALTER
BORNEMANs engrossing history demonstrates
that there are no easy answers, and that
Americas forty-ninth state will always be
crossing the next frontier.
Alaska: Saga of a Bold
Thursday, February 13, 7:30 p.m.
and researchers have made significant advances in
energy efficiency and renewable energy
technologies in recent years, most consumers have
not yet adopted themdue in large part to
policies and programs that favor the use of
fossil fuels. In his new book Energy Revolution:
Policies for a Sustainable Future (Island, $22.50), local
author HOWARD GELLER examines why a
transformation from a fossil-fuel based world
economy to one based on high efficiency and
renewables is necessary if human society is to
Policies for a Sustainable Future
Tuesday, February 18, 7:30 p.m.
On World War
IIs Pacific battlefields, rusting American
landing craft and tanks still can be found on the
reefs and beaches where they were stopped by
enemy fire so long ago, and battle-scarred
Japanese pillboxes and artillery emplacements
still stand sentinel. Interweaving poignant first-person
memories with archival images and the evocative
work of local photographer GERALD MEEHL, Pacific Legacy (Abbeville, $65.00) is a
fascinating, richly illustrated survey of the
Pacific war, from Pearl Harbor to Japans
surrender in Tokyo Bay.
RABBI TIRZAH FIRESTONE
Wednesday, February 19, 7:30 p.m.
In an act of what
might be called spiritual archaeology, local
rabbi and Jungian therapist TIRZAH
FIRESTONEs new book searches for the traces
of the divine feminine in the Jewish tradition,
asking the question: what is a womans way
to God? Rabbi Firestones search leads her
to various strands of Jewish spirituality,
including the Kabbalah and seven forgotten women
sages. The Receiving:
Reclaiming Jewish Womens Wisdom (HarperSanFrancisco, $24.95)
recreates marginalized women who found ways to
embrace the sacred in their lives.
Reclaiming Jewish Womens Wisdom
Thursday, February 20, 7:30 p.m.
In 1999, one year
after the NATO bombings in Kosovo, PAULA HUNTLEY
took a job in Prishtina, teaching English as a
Second Language to a group of Kosovo Albanians.
When she and her students decided to form a book
club that would meet outside class, Huntley
located a stray copy of Hemingways The Old
Man and the Sea and proposed it as the
clubs first selection. In The Hemingway Book Club
of Kosovo (J.P. Tarcher, $22.95), the diary
of her experiences in Kosovo, Huntley describes
how Hemingways tale touched all of their
The Hemingway Book
Club of Kosovo
Friday, February 21, 7:30 p.m.
science writer JOHN HORGAN broke new ground when
in The End of Science he made efforts to pinpoint
the things science could never elucidate. Now,
his Rational Mysticism (Houghton Mifflin, $25.00)
investigates the burgeoning convergence between
mystical experience and fields such as neurology,
anthropology, and physics; he profiles the
leading researchers of the intersections of
science and the spiritual, and uncovers the
strikingly similar effects of mystical
technologies like fasting, trance, prayer,
and drug trips.
LEWIS ROBINSON & NICK
Monday, February 24, 7:30 p.m.
NICK ARVIN layers his knowledge of technology and
human character into the stories comprising In the Electric Eden (Penguin, $14.00); deeply
conscious of how technology shapes our
interactions with each other and views of the
world, Arvin weaves disparate settings and
characters into an engrossing whole. LEWIS
ROBINSON, a graduate with Arvin of the Iowa
Writers Workshop, examines extraordinary
moments in ordinary lives. Humorous and eerie, Officer Friendly &
Other Stories (HarperCollins, $23.95) is his
compelling debut collection of unique,
thematically interlaced stories.
In the Electric Eden
Officer Friendly &
Tuesday, February 25, 7:30 p.m.
stunning debut novel follows Jana, a trusted
emergency-room doctor who becomes nearly
hysterical when her young son begins to exhibit
odd behavior; unbeknownst to those around her,
Evans outbursts bring to mind Janas
late brother, and the life she desperately fled
and buried deep within herself sixteen years
before. Deftly alternating between past and
present, His Mothers Son (Harcourt, $25.00) depicts
both the cause and current manifestation of one
womans disintegrationand how she is
ultimately restored to wholeness.
His Mothers Son
JOHN FIROR & JUDITH
Wednesday, February 26, 7:30 p.m.
growth and climate change induced by human
activity are global problems deserving decisive
response by governments, economies, societies,
and individuals. In the solution-oriented The Crowded Greenhouse (Yale University Press, $24.95),
local authors JOHN FIROR and JUDITH JACOBSEN
argue that two revolutions are necessary to
correct these problems: a social revolution that
improves equity, particularly the status of women,
and a technical revolution that yields vastly
greater efficiency in energy and material use
The Crowded Greenhouse
LYNN GINSBURG & MARY
Thursday, February 27, 7:30 p.m.
Local authors LYNN
GINSBURG and MARY TAYLOR say that its time
for women to declare a new manifesto and a new
definition of beauty and liberation. Describing
how women feel trapped by the belief that life is
worthwhile only if theyre slim and
beautiful, they offer a new outlook on women,
food, and spirituality: Until women are free to
be themselves, theyll never feel truly
liberated or truly beautiful. What are You Hungry For? (Griffin, $13.95) inspires
women to start a meaningful dialogue, and pursue
the new manifesto for themselves.
What are You Hungry
YOGA AND MEMORY
Friday, February 28, 7:30 p.m.
We have many
capabilities that aid us in living a happy life
and avoiding misery. Among these, our memory is
the most important one. When we achieve Yogic
states, the ability to memorize and recall those
states is crucial for making those states an
integral part of our lives. Having once
experienced a Yogic state, the easiest way to
experience it again is to fully recollect that
state. A good memory is founded on a calm and
quiet mind. Yoga maximizes calmness and quietness,
so memory and Yogic achievement go hand in hand.
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