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September events at The Regulator


Every Wednesday from 10:15 a.m. -- 10:45 a.m. (September 4, 11, 18, 25) 
(For ages 2ish to 5ish; siblings are welcome) Free!

Second Sunday of every month from 1:30pm - 3:00pm (September 8)
Durham Animal Protection Society holds a monthly cat adoption event at the Regulator, every 2nd Sunday of the month. Come visit our furry friends from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Please note the time and date. 

Every Wednesday from 10:15 a.m. -- 10:45 a.m. (September 4, 11, 18, 25)
(For ages 2ish to 5ish; siblings are welcome) Free!

DAN ARIELY, "Amazing Decisions: The Illustrated Guide to Improving Business Deals and Family Meals"
Tuesday, September 10, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator welcomes Dan Ariely, bestselling author of Predictably Irrational, for a reading and book signing of his new book, Amazing Decisions: The Illustrated Guide to Improving Business Deals and Family Meals, a playful graphic novel guide to better decision-making, based on the author’s groundbreaking research in behavioral economics, neuroscience, and psychology. Dan will be joined by the book’s illustrator, Matt Trower.

The internationally renowned author Dan Ariely is known for his incisive investigations into the messy business of decision-making. Now, in Amazing Decisions, his unique perspective―informed by behavioral economics, neuroscience, and psychology―comes alive in the graphic form. Good decision-making, Ariely argues, requires us to identify and evaluate the forces at play under different circumstances, leading to an optimal outcome. Amazing Decisions is a fascinating and entertaining guide to developing skills that will prove invaluable in personal and professional life.

Dan Ariely is the James B Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Business 2.0, Scientific American, Science and among others. Ariely is the founder of the Durham-based research institution The Center for Advanced Hindsight. His TED talks have been viewed over 15 million times. Ariely is the bestselling author of Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, and The Honest Truth about Dishonesty, Dollars and Sense, Irrationally Yours, and Payoff, a short TED book. In 2018 Ariely was named one of the 50 most influential living psychologists in the world.  He splits his time between Durham and the rest of the world

Matt R. Trower (they/them) is a comics artist and illustrator who graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration and a concentration in gender, sexuality, and race. Trower works at the Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University.

Amazing Decisions: The Illustrated Guide to Improving Business Deals and Family Meals, 9780374536749, Hill and Wang.

POETRY SERIES: DEB KAUFMAN, “God Shattered” (Book Launch) with the poets of "Wishbone Moon"
Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator welcomes poet and playwright Debra Kaufman, for the launch of her new poetry collection, God Shattered. Joining the celebration will be contributors to Wishbone Moon, an anthology of haiku by women in the international poetry community. This event is sponsored by the generous support of Jacar Press.

Poet and playwright Debra Kaufman is the author God ShatteredDelicate TheftsThe Next Moment, and A Certain Light  -- as well as three chapbooks. Her poems have been widely published in such magazines as Southern Poetry Review, Greensboro Review, Poetry East, North Carolina Literary Review, Spillway, and in numerous anthologies. Debra's plays have been produced throughout North Carolina and elsewhere. She leads creative writing workshops and works as a freelance editor. A Midwest native, she has lived in North Carolina for over thirty years. 

For more information about WISHBONE MOON: https://breathhaiku.wordpress.com/tag/wishbone-moon-haiku-anthology/

HAIDER WARRAICH, "State of the Heart: Exploring the History, Science, and Future of Cardiac Disease"
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator welcomes renowned cardiologist, Haider Warraich, for a talk about his new book, State of the Heart: Exploring the History, Science, and Future of Cardiac Disease.

In State of the Heart, Dr. Haider Warraich traces the entire arc of the heart, from the very first time it was depicted on stone tablets, to a future in which it may very well become redundant. While heart disease has been around for a while, the type of heart disease people have, why they have it, and how it’s treated is changing. Yet, the golden age of heart science is only just beginning. 

New technology to treat heart failure is fundamentally changing just what it means to be human. In State of the Heart, the journey to rid the world of heart disease is shown to be reflective of the journey of medical science at large. In understanding how our knowledge of the heart evolved, State of the Heart traces the twisting and turning road that science has taken—filled with potholes and blind turns—all the way back to its very origin.

Dr. Haider Warraich is currently a fellow in cardiology at Duke University Medical Center. His medical and Op Ed pieces have appeared in many media outlets including the New York Times, The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, Slate, and the LA Times among others. He is also the author of Modern Death.

State of the Heart: Exploring the History, Science, and Future of Cardiac Disease, 9781250169709, St. Martin’s Press

Community & Scholars Series: NEGAR MOTTAHEDEH, "The Whisper Tapes"
Sept. 19 at 7:00 p.m. 
The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Negar Mattahedeh, author of  Whisper Tapes, for a reading and book signing.

Kate Millett was already an icon of American feminism when she went to Iran in 1979 --armed with film equipment and a cassette deck to record everything around her --and found herself in the middle of demonstrations for women's rights and against the mandatory veil.

Listening to the revolutionary soundscape of Millett's audio tapes, Negar Mottahedeh offers a new interpretive guide to Revolutionary Iran, its slogans, habits, and women's movement—a movement that, many claim, Millett never came to understand. Published with the fortieth anniversary of the Iranian Revolution and the women's protests that followed on its heels, Whisper Tapes re-introduces Millett's historic visit to Iran and lays out the nature of her encounter with the Iranian women's movement.

Negar Mottahedeh is Associate Professor of Literature at Duke University. She is a cultural critic and theorist specializing in interdisciplinary and feminist contributions to the fields of Middle Eastern Studies and Film and Media Studies. She has published five books on Iranian Cinema, the history of reform, revolution and the uses of various media in protest. She is the author of #iranelection: Hashtag Solidarity and the Transformation of Online Life (Stanford, 2015) and Whisper Tapes: Kate Millett in Iran

Whisper Tapes: Kate Millet in Iran, 9781503609860, Stanford University Press

MAB SEGREST, "Memoir of a Race Traitor: Fighting Racism in the American South"
Tuesday, September 24, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator welcomes Mab Segrest for a reading and book signing in celebration of a reissue of her book, Memoir of a Race Traitor: Fighting Racism in the American South. Back in print after more than a decade, Memoir of a Race Traitor is a singular chronicle of life at the forefront of antiracist activism, with a new introduction and afterword by the author. 

Memoir of a Race Traitor became a classic text of white antiracist practice. bell hooks called it a “courageous and daring [example of] the reality that political solidarity, forged in struggle, can exist across differences.” Adrienne Rich wrote that it was “a unique document and thoroughly fascinating.” Juxtaposing childhood memories with contemporary events, Segrest described her journey into the heart of her culture, finally veering from its trajectory of violence toward hope and renewal. 

Mab Segrest is professor emeritus of gender and women’s studies at Connecticut College and the author of Administrations of Lunacy and Memoir of a Race Traitor (both from The New Press). A longtime activist in social justice movements and a past fellow at the National Humanities Center, she lives in Durham.
Memoir of a Race Traitor: Fighting Racism in the American South,  9781620972991, The New Press

Community & Scholars Series: ORIN & KEITH PILKEY, "Sea Level Rise: A Slow Tsunami on America's Shores"
Thurs. Sept. 26, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator welcomes Orin Pilkey and Keith Pilkey, for a discussion of their new book, Sea Level Rise: A Slow Tsunami on America's Shores. This event is co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics and is free and open to the public.

The consequences of twenty-first-century sea level rise on the United States and its nearly 90,000 miles of shoreline will be immense: Miami and New Orleans will disappear; many nuclear and other power plants, hundreds of wastewater plants and toxic waste sites, and oil production facilities will be at risk; port infrastructures will need to be raised; and over ten million Americans fleeing rising seas will become climate refugees. In Sea Level Rise Orrin H. Pilkey and Keith C. Pilkey argue that the only feasible response along much of the U.S. shoreline is an immediate and managed retreat. Among many topics, they examine sea level rise's effects on coastal ecosystems, health, and native Alaskan coastal communities. They also provide guidelines for those living on the coasts or planning on moving to or away from them, as well as the steps local governments should take to prepare for this unstoppable, impending catastrophe.

Orrin H. Pilkey is James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Geology at Duke University and the author and coauthor of numerous books, including The Last Beach, also published by Duke University Press.

Keith C. Pilkey is an administrative law judge with the Social Security Administration. He is coauthor, with Orrin H. Pilkey, of Global Climate Change: A Primer, also published by Duke University Press.                          
Sea Level Rise:  Slow Tsunami on America's Shores, 9781478005063, Duke University Press




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