Author of the New York Times best seller,
“Reason, Unreason and Religion:
Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 11 a.m.
Doors open at 10 a.m. • Tickets not required.
Susan Jacoby focuses on the convergence of social forces, which are usually treated as separate entities, that has created a perfect storm of anti-rationalism. These social forces include the upsurge of religious fundamentalism, with more political power today than ever before; the future of public education to create an informed citizenry; and the triumph of video over print culture. Sparing neither the right nor the left, Jacoby asserts that Americans today have embraced a universe of “junk thought” that makes no effort to separate fact from opinion.
“The Age of American Unreason” is Jacoby's eighth book. She is the author of seven previous books, most recently “Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism,” named a Notable Book of 2004 by The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times.Other books include “Moscow Conversations,” based on her experiences in Moscow from 1969 to 1971; “Wild Justice: The Evolution of Revenge,” a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1984; and “Half-Jew: A Daughter's Search for Her Family's Buried Past.”
Jacoby has been a contributor for more than 25 years to various periodicals and newspapers, on topics including law, religion, medicine, aging, women's rights, Russian literature and political dissent in the Soviet Union. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Washington Post Book World, Los Angeles Times Book Review, Newsday, Harper's, The Nation, Vogue, The American Prospect, Mother Jones and the AARP Magazine.
She also is program director of the Center for Inquiry-New York City, a rationalist think-tank, and is a regular panelist for On Faith, a blog published by Newsweek and The Washington Post. She has her own political blog, “The Secularist's Corner,” on the Web site of The Washington Post.
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