SALONS COMING UP FALL 2018
Literary Salon in Spanish
TRIBUTO A UN BELLO IDIOMA
The best way to fight current xenophobic trends is by celebrating diversity and Spanish, a language of literary excellence: Eleven Nobel laureates in Literature. Don Quixote and One Hundred Years of Solitude are two of the most read books of all time. For this well deserved tribute, four local novelists and one poet will read from current works focused on downtown Miami. Each reading to be followed by an original jazz interpretation.
This extraordinary Salon is, in effect, a dialogue among different artistic genres: literature, drama, music and art — after the performance, attendees are invited to a reception at the art studio of painter and sculptor Rafael Rangel.
Presented by DASS, Mana Contemporary Miami and PEN America. Open to the public with RSVP. Related Downtown NEWS article Tribute to a Beautiful Language.
October 4, 6:30–9 pm. Mana Contemporary Miami.
Disgust, Morality and the Law
A fascinating conversation with Debra Lieberman, evolutionary psychologist and coauthor of OBJECTION (Oxford University Press), examining why the things that we find stomach-turning often become the things render unlawful.
Professor Lieberman and attorney Carlton Patrick expose a human tendency to equate disgust with moral disapproval. “Just because something is yucky to us, we tend to jump to the conclusion that is morally wrong. This is a dangerous basis for law making,” observed Matt Ridley, author of The Evolution of Everything. It can marginalize people whose behavior we consider aberrant.
November 7, 6:30–9 pm.
Global Warming and Hurricane Intensity
An interdisciplinary conversation with leading figures in climate resiliency about a phenomena that affects downtown Miami residents directly. While hurricanes are a natural part of our climate system, recent research suggests that there has been an increase in hurricane intensity. In the future, there may not necessarily be more hurricanes, but there will likely be hurricanes that carry higher wind speeds and more precipitation as a result of global warming. The impacts of this trend are likely to be exacerbated by sea level rise and a growing population along coastlines.
The Salon will include a virtual exhibit by renowned artist Xavier Cortada, who has been named among the 50 most influential Miamiams for his work in art, science and education in climate change.
December 5, 6:30 -9 pm.