Thursday, November 5, 2015

Tonight-our community conversation about "Being Mortal." And the best book web site you've never heard of. And more!

A quick reminder...
that this evening at 7:00 we host our "community conversation" on Atul Gawande's Being Mortal.: Medicine and What Matters in the End. See below for more on this special event. 
The best book web site you've never heard of is... , a site that replays (in audio) people telling stories about books they love. It works like this: people call a phone number and leave a voicemail about a book they love and a story-about the book-that they have lived. Three times a week the folks at callmeishmael pick the best of the recent calls and add the audios to the web site. The stories on the site...well, some will make you cry, some will make you laugh, all of them are wonderful.
Make sure you've set aside some time to listen when you first go on this site. You're probably going to have trouble limiting your listening to just one or two stories! And you might want to contribute to their kickstarter campaign to help bring callmeishmael "phones" into libraries and independent bookstores around the country.

 Upcoming Events
Thursday, November 5, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday evening November 5th we will host the second in our series of "community conversations," a discussion of Atul Gawande's deep, compassionate best-seller, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. Our discussion will be led by Dr Laura Hanson, Professor of Geriatric Medicine and co-director of UNC's Palliative Care Program and Jehanne Gheith, a Duke professor who is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working with Duke Hospice
In Being Mortal, physician Atul Gawande uses stories of his father, his patients, and friends to bring a thoughtful insider's view to the issues that are most important when dealing with death and the dying, including the conflicts that can result between a patient's wishes for their last days-a good quality of life and a "good death"-and the goals of medical care to extend life and insure safety. Gracefully written, Being Mortal opens a door to discussion of a subject that all too often engenders only fear and denial.
Our community conversation on Being Mortal is open to all mortals, of all ages. The discussion will get underway at 7:00 p.m.

(The Regulator's Community Conversation series uses books to initiate conversations about important issues in our lives and in our world. The series started in September, when we hosted a marvelous discussion of Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me, led by Randall Kenan and Tim Tyson. Plans are underway for a third installment in January, focused on global warming).
Monday November 9 through Saturday November 14
The Regulator joins with some of our best publisher friends to help celebrate University Press Week. Our downstairs will converted into a "pop-up" store featuring a fascinating collection of titles from Duke University Press, the University of North Carolina Press, and Columbia, Harvard, NYU, Princeton, University of California, University of South Carolina, and the University of Georgia presses. Be sure to schedule time for a browse through this special selection of books! For more about University Press Week see
Wednesday, November 11th, 7:00 pm
Alejandro Velasco will be at the Regulator to read from and sign his new book Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela. Barrio Rising blends narrative accounts with analyses of politics, urban space, and everyday life. Velasco offers a sweeping reinterpretation of modern Venezuelan history as seen by residents of one of the country's most distinctive popular neighborhoods.
Velasco is an assistant professor in the history of Latin America at New York University's Gallatin School for Individualized Study. He previously taught at Hampshire College and at Duke, as well as receiving his graduate degrees from Duke.
Thursday, November 12th, 7:00 pm
Madeline Levine, the translator for A Memoir of the Warsaw Uprising will be at the Regulator to discuss this book by Miron Bialoszewski.
In 1944, Miron Bialoszewski found himself in the middle of the bloody Warsaw Uprising. His memoir describes his actions during the two-month long rebellion. He crossed back and forth across German lines, dodging bullets, rescued the wounded, and buried the dead. Bialoszewski was later known as one of Poland's most innovative poets.
Madeline Levine was the translator for the 1977 edition; and updated her translation work for this new edition, which contains new material that was unpublishable in Communist Poland. Levine, Kenan Professor of Slavic Languages at UNC-CH, earned her doctorate at Harvard University and came to UNC to teach Russian and Polish literature. As a member of the Jewish studies faculty advisory board and panels, she helped review the curriculum. She is a member of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee and served as interim dean of the college of arts and sciences in 2006.
Friday, November 13, 7:00 pm
James Joseph will read from his memoir, Saved for a Purpose: A Journey from Private Virtues to Public Values. James Joseph Dr. Joseph is currently Professor Emeritus of the Practice of Public Policy at Duke. He previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to South Africa and as the Undersecretary of the Department of the Interior. In the 1960s he was active in the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama and he was also a college chaplain in California. Saved for a Purpose combines Joseph's insights from working to integrate values into America's public and private sector.

Saturday, November 14th, 7:00pm
Scott Ellsworth returns to talk abut one of the best books about Durham history--and one of the best books about basketball--that I've read. Based on years of research, The Secret Game; A Wartime Story of Courage, Change, and Basketball's Lost Triumph is the true story of a 1943 basketball game that changed all the rules. The riveting account of a remarkable season, it is Secret Game the story of how a handful of forgotten college basketball players--the all-white, medical school team from Duke and the all-black Eagles from the North Carolina College for Negroes--not only changed the game forever, but also helped to usher in a new America.
Scott Ellsworth was a historian at the Smithsonian Institution. He has written articles about American history for the LA Times, New York Times, and the Washington Post. He is the author of Death in a Promised Land, an account of the 1921 Tulsa race riot. He lives with his wife and twin sons in Ann Arbor, where he teaches at the University of Michigan.
Learn more on these and all of our upcoming events  
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