An article discussion group
Conversations are not things that happen in the grocery store or over text message. They are lively affairs that emerge from an unrelenting pursuit of truth between passionate persons committed to intellectual communion with others. They can be fiery, inspirational, or frightening. They can be funny or somber.
Hearth-to-Hearth is a space where we meet to engage friends in a vigorous combat of ideas. It is fun, it is solemn, and it is all about sharing worlds with each other. Michael Oakeshott put it well, “As with children, who are great conversationalists, the playfulness is serious and the seriousness in the end is only play.”
(Michael Oakeshott, “The Voice of Poetry in the Conversation of Mankind” from Rationalism in Politics)
This month’s article: “What Makes Call-Out Culture So Toxic” by Asam Ahmad. Read the article, come out for a drink at Christopher’s, and see where the discussion goes.
Hearth to Hearth meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 8 pm at Christopher’s in Cambridge. This is a dinner event! Support our hosts by buying dinner or a drink while we discuss the article. It also means we have to reserve a table for the event, so please RSVP to let us know you’re coming!
- June 2017: “Do Students Still Have Free Speech in School?” by David Wheeler
- May 2017: “The future of the open internet — and our way of life — is in your hands” by Quincy Larson
- April 2017: “Not Leadership Material? Good. The World Needs Followers.” by Susan Cain
- March 2017: “Self-Driving Cars Will Make Organ Shortages Even Worse” by Ian Adams and Anne Hobson
- February 2017: “Watching A Brown ‘Hamilton’ With A White Audience” by Gene Demby
- January 2017: “Can I Go to Great Books Camp?” by Molly Worthen.
- November 2016: A video, “Humans Need Not Apply,” complimented by the article, “The Singularity is Near” by Ray Kurzweil
- October 2016: “Get off the treadmill: the art of living well in the age of plenty” by Mark Greif
- September 2016: “Welcome to Airspace: How Silicon Valley helps spread the same sterile aesthetic across the world” by Kyle Chayka
Want to read more with your local creative community? The Hearth Book Club meets the fourth Wednesday of every month from 7:00-8:30 pm at Arts at the Armory. Check our book club list to see what we’re reading next and support your local bookstore by buying your copy at Porter Square Books!