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Decatur Book Festival

Downtown Decatur (Various Locations)
Decatur, GA 30030 United States

August 2019

Decatur Book Festival: The Goodness Paradox: The Strange Relationship Between Virtue and Violence in Human Evolution

August 31, 2019 @ 1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Decatur Book Festival, Downtown Decatur (Various Locations)
Decatur, GA 30030 United States
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A fascinating new analysis of human violence, filled with fresh ideas and gripping evidence from our primate cousins, historical forebears, and contemporary neighbors presented by Richard Wrangham (Ruth B. Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology at Harvard University.)

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Decatur Book Festival: The Rabbit Effect: Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier with the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness

August 31, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Decatur Book Festival, Downtown Decatur (Various Locations)
Decatur, GA 30030 United States
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For all of its rigor and science, medicine is full of stories—mysteries—that doctors and research cannot explain. Patients who are biologically healthy, but feel ill. Patients who are biologically ill, but feel healthy. When Columbia University doctor Kelli Harding began her clinical practice, she never intended to explore the invisible factors behind our health. But then there were the rabbits. In 1978, a seemingly straightforward experiment designed to establish the relationship between high blood cholesterol and heart health in rabbits…

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Decatur Book Festival: The Impatient Dr. Lange: One Man’s Fight to End the Global HIV Epidemic

August 31, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
Decatur Book Festival, Downtown Decatur (Various Locations)
Decatur, GA 30030 United States
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Sponsored by HowStuffWorks, author Seema Yasmin, tells the story of Joseph Lange, better known as Joep, a shrewd Dutch doctor who had revolutionized the world of HIV and AIDS and was working on a cure. The Impatient Dr. Lange is the story of one man’s struggle against a global pandemic—and the tragic attack that may have slowed down the search for a cure. Seema Yasmin charts the course of the HIV epidemic and Dr. Lange’s career as a young doctor who…

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September 2019

Decatur Book Festival – Grilled: Turning Adversaries to Allies to Change the Chicken Industry

September 1, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Decatur Book Festival, Downtown Decatur (Various Locations)
Decatur, GA 30030 United States
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Leah Garcés has committed her career to fighting for the rights of factory-farmed animals. As president of the nonprofit group Mercy for Animals and former U.S. executive director of Compassion in World Farming, she has led the fight against the sprawling chicken industry that raises tens of thousands of birds inside tiny cages in cruel conditions—all to satisfy the American appetite for meat. Grilled: Turning Adversaries to Allies to Change the Chicken Industry is her story of working alongside the farming industry…

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Decatur Book Festival: She Has Her Mother’s Laugh

September 1, 2019 @ 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Decatur Book Festival, Downtown Decatur (Various Locations)
Decatur, GA 30030 United States
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Award-winning, celebrated New York Times columnist and science writer Carl Zimmer presents a profoundly original perspective on what we pass along from generation to generation. Charles Darwin played a crucial part in turning heredity into a scientific question, and yet he failed spectacularly to answer it. The birth of genetics in the early 1900s seemed to do precisely that. Gradually, people translated their old notions about heredity into a language of genes. As the technology for studying genes became cheaper, millions of…

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Decatur Book Festival: Molecular Feminisms

September 1, 2019 @ 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Decatur Book Festival, Downtown Decatur (Various Locations)
Decatur, GA 30030 United States
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“Should feminists clone?” “What do neurons think about?” “How can we learn from bacterial writing?” These and other provocative questions have long preoccupied neuroscientist, molecular biologist, and intrepid feminist theorist Deboleena Roy, who takes seriously the capabilities of lab “objects”—bacteria and other human, nonhuman, organic, and inorganic actants—in order to understand processes of becoming. In Molecular Feminisms, Roy investigates science as feminism at the lab bench, engaging in an interdisciplinary conversation between molecular biology, Deleuzian philosophies, posthumanism, and postcolonial and decolonial…

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Decatur Book Festival: Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic

September 1, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Decatur Book Festival, Downtown Decatur (Various Locations)
Decatur, GA 30030 United States
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Physician, researcher, and ethics professor Matt McCarthy is on the front lines of a groundbreaking clinical trial testing a new antibiotic to fight lethal superbugs, bacteria that have built up resistance to the life-saving drugs in our rapidly dwindling arsenal. This trial serves as the backdrop for the compulsively readable Superbugs, and the results will impact nothing less than the future of humanity. Dr. McCarthy explores the history of bacteria and antibiotics, from Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin, to obscure sources…

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Decatur Book Festival: Skeleton Keys: The Secret Life of Bone

September 1, 2019 @ 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Decatur Book Festival, Downtown Decatur (Various Locations)
Decatur, GA 30030 United States
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Bone is a marvel, an adaptable and resilient building material developed over 500 million years of evolutionary history. It gives our bodies their shapes and the ability to move. It grows and changes with us, an undeniable document of who we are and how we lived. Arguably, no other part of the human anatomy has such rich scientific and cultural significance, both brimming with life and a potent symbol of death. Brian Switek is a charming and enthusiastic osteological raconteur.…

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Decatur Book Festival: Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves

September 1, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Decatur Book Festival, Downtown Decatur (Various Locations)
Decatur, GA 30030 United States
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Frans de Waal has spent four decades at the forefront of animal research. Following up on the best-selling Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?, which investigated animal intelligence, Mama’s Last Hug delivers a fascinating exploration of the rich emotional lives of animals. Mama’s Last Hug begins with the death of Mama, a chimpanzee matriarch who formed a deep bond with biologist Jan van Hooff. When Mama was dying, van Hooff took the unusual step of visiting…

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