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Boston-area PBK Events

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PBK Boston Book Club

Join members of the Boston Association of PBK for a book discussion via Zoom, scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, June 6th, 2023, at 7:30 pm.

Guests of participants are welcome and please come even if you haven’t finished (or even started!) the book.

The discussion will be on this book:

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India’s independence. Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds, and Prime Minister Nehru himself, Saleem grows up to learn the ominous consequences of this coincidence. His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that sway the course of national affairs; his health and well-being are inextricably bound to those of his nation; his life is inseparable, at times indistinguishable, from the history of his country. Perhaps most remarkable are the telepathic powers linking him with India’s 1,000 other “midnight’s children,” all born in that initial hour and endowed with magical gifts.

This novel is at once a fascinating family saga and an astonishing evocation of a vast land and its people–a brilliant incarnation of the universal human comedy. Forty years after its publication, Midnight’s Children stands apart as both an epochal work of fiction and a brilliant performance by one of the great literary voices of our time.

We look forward to a lively and wide-ranging discussion with this highly recommended book as a starting place.

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Meeting ID: 872 1059 9496

Passcode: 934657

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Phi Beta Kappa Annual Key Connections:
"Socrates: Pre-Texting"

The Boston Public Library in Copley Square

700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

in The Commonwealth Salon

October 23, 2022, 2:00-4:00 PM

The Phi Beta Kappa Association of Boston invites you to learn about or reacquaint yourselves with the Socratic Method of Discussion as seen in Plato's works, then as adopted by Ward Farnsworth in his book "The Socratic Method: A Practitioner's Handbook." There will be a lecture followed by ample time for small groups to practice the Socratic Method of Discussion, led by members of PBK Boston. Short readings from Plato, Farnsworth, and other authors will be sent to registered guests before the event. The event will end with time for guests to socialize over drinks and light fare. Members and friends of PBK and the public are welcome to attend.
This event is hosted in conjunction with The Phi Beta Kappa Society's annual Key Connections program. Key Connections offers a great opportunity for PBK members to familiarize themselves with their local association and to network with other PBK members. Registration ends October 20 and is limited to 50 participants.
Those registered will be given access to the readings as of October 15th. You may register at the following link:
Contact: Margarita Fenn at margarita at pbkboston dot org

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