PubliCalendar: January 21
Today's picks for civic nerds.
Age of Anxiety
Dealing with anxiety since he was a toddler, Scott Stossel decided to study the history of the most common mental illness in America to make sense of his experience.
Part memoir, part investigative journalism, My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind is about a problem that humans have been dealing with hundreds of years and the struggles to cope with mental illness and life as a public figure and father.
Scott Stossel, The Age of Anxiety, Tues, Jan 21, 7:30–8:30pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5
Roe v. Wade Day Movie
The historic Roe v. Wade decision was announced on January 22, 1973. Now, 41 years later, we are fighting against conservative attempts to pass restrictive abortion measures in every state and strip Roe of any meaning (see the comprehensive recent report in the latest Rolling Stone).
Radical Women of Seattle are hosting a dinner and documentary viewing on the 41st anniversary, to both celebrate the monumental Supreme Court decision and to show how much women still have to fight for.
The first female tribal president of the Pine Ridge Reservation, Cecelia Fire Thunder, tried to build a Planned Parenthood clinic, on reservation land open to all women, to work around South Dakota's 2006 abortion ban. The documentary Young Lakota tells the story of three women on the reservation whose lives were affected by the ban and controversy surrounding the reservation clinic.
Viewing of Young Lakota, Wed, January 22, 6:30pm (dinner), 7:30pm (film), New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave S, $8.50 donation
Erez Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel started with a question: Why do English speakers use the word 'drove' when 'drived'—with the common -ed past-tense ending—is consistent with the rules of the language? What followed was a new way of looking at human culture: culturomics.
Using data to track cultural changes, Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture explores the history of the word 'chortle' and the fame of Bill Clinton by tracking the most frequently mentioned names in any given time period, among other things.
The authors believe that by seeing how words evolve and when words or cultural references appear and disappear from the common memory, we can begin to study human culture and how or why it changes in fascinating new ways.
Culturomics: Unlocking Culture with Raw Data, Thu, January 23, 7:30pm, The Pub at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.
Advance Notice for February 5
Wanna ask Ed Murray about the $15 minimum wage or the search for the new police chief? Here's your chance. CityClub is hosting a discussion with our new mayor, moderated by Joni Balter, on Murray's priorities and goals.
Other guests include Seattle City Council president Tim Burgess and Real Change's Tim Harris.
Civic Cocktail, Wed, February 5, 6pm, The Palace Ballroom, 2100 Fifth Ave, $12 (advance) $15 (door price).
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