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“The Swerve” Book Discussion 12:30 PM

March 18, 2014 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

| Free

East Tennessee State University professor of history Dr. Brian Maxson and colleagues will host an informal book talk about The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, by Stephen Greenblatt, on March 18th at 12:30 PM. Everyone is invited to join in this conversation in the library’s first floor Reading Room. Greenblatt is the winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction. The Swerve tells the story of how an intrepid book hunter’s discovery of a forgotten philosophical text “…plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we know it.”

The story unfolds against the perils and intrigues of the papal court of the fifteenth century and the great cities of Rome and Florence, and demonstrates the influence of a unique text in shaping “…the thought of  Galileo and Freud, Darwin and Einstein; and had a revolutionary influence on writers such as Montaigne and Shakespeare and even Thomas Jefferson.”

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Date:
March 18, 2014
Time:
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Cost:
Free
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Lisa Williams
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Reading Room
100 West Millard Street, Johnson City, 37604 United States
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