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Yiyun Li, whose planned March talk we hope to reschedule for the fall, is partnering with A Public Space to start a free virtual book club. Each day they will be reading 12-15 pages of Tolstoy's War and Peace.

More information & how to get involved

William Kentridge presented the Norton Lectures in 2012.

The recordings from "Six Drawing Lessons" are now captioned and available on our new Youtube channel.

More content will be added to our new channel in the coming weeks.

Past recordings of Mahindra Humanities Center events are also available here.

On November 6 Bathsheba Demuth spoke at the Mahindra Humanities Environment Forum.

"For there really is no option of retreat, of pure withdrawal from consuming the world around us. All of us beings that do not photosynthesize... must consume something. We do not make the energy that we need in order to live, we only rework it and we put it into new forms. Which means that what is left for us to do, is figure out not how not to consume, but how to actually consume well.

Leslie Jamison sat down for a conversation with James Wood about her writing practice and her latest published book, a collection of essays called Make It Scream, Make It Burn.

Find out more about her newest book here:

See the recording from the event below:

Gessen’s first lecture, “How We Think About Migration,” was what the writer described as an “experiment” in talking about migration: “what a concentrated effort to tell stories about migration would look like.”

Read the full article at Harvard Magazine

Blushing. The interplay between self-love and social justice. Socialist sex. These topics set the tone for “Bad Romance: The Ethics of Love, Sex, and Desire,” an interdisciplinary graduate student conference hosted at the Mahindra Humanities Center this weekend.

Read the full article at the Harvard Gazette

Critic Hilton Als and novelist Claire Messud talked cultural monoliths, a Barbadian family heritage, and the gravity of the human condition at the Mahindra Humanities Center on March 4. Als’s speech revolved around the humanity that characterizes his work — from “Personal History” essays in the New Yorker to his Artist’s Institute one man show.

Read the full article at The Harvard Crimson

Accepting the inaugural Mahindra Award for Global Distinction in the Humanities, Nobel Prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee treated the audience filling Sanders Theatre on Wednesday to thoughts about his earliest reading and the concept of a mother tongue.

Read the full article at The Harvard Gazette

Read newly published transcripts of the Nov. 4 conference on "Presidential First Use of Nuclear Weapons: Is it Legal? Is it Constitutional? Is it Just?" at a Virtual Roundtable at Public Books