Pascal made significant contributions to mathematics and science. He was also deeply religious, an adherent of the Jansenist movement within Catholicism, and employed his intellectual and literary gifts to promote its beliefs. His Pensées were written as notes towards a larger theological work. Pascal’s untimely death, however, resulted in an entirely different kind of literary notoriety for these pithy fragments. Countless readers over the centuries have found them an effective antidote for what he called “the misery of man without God.”
Emerson was a key figure in the intellectual life of 19th-century America. His thought, expressed in essays, lectures, and poems, incorporates strands from Unitarianism, Eastern religion, and the Romantic Movement in the arts. Self-Reliance, possibly his most famous essay, is encapsulated in well-honed sentences like “Who so would be a man, must be a nonconformist,” and “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”
As Moe Prager waits to call his daughter for her 18th birthday, he is desperate to find a way to make sense of what has caused his once-happy family to implode. As he waits, Prager receives a call that might not only solve a case that has haunted him and his wife for twenty years, but might also supply the glue to patch his family back together. Open to all. Registration is required. You will receive a Zoom link by email the day before the meeting.
A riveting debut novel of psychological suspense about a young archivist whose obsession with her subject’s mysterious death threatens to destroy her fragile grasp on sanity. Open to all. Registration is required. You will receive a Zoom link by email the day before the meeting.
Separated by their embrace of different racial identities, two mixed-race identical twins reevaluate their choices as one raises a black daughter in their southern hometown while the other passes for white with a husband who is unaware of her heritage.Open to all. Registration is required. You will receive a Zoom link by email the day before the meeting.