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Judy Levin Virtual Book Discussions
Gods of the Upper Air by Charles King
2021-02-09 13:00:002021-02-09 14:30:00America/ChicagoJudy Levin Virtual Book Discussions Highland Park Public Library
Tuesday, February 09 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Add to Calendar2021-02-09 13:00:002021-02-09 14:30:00America/ChicagoJudy Levin Virtual Book Discussions Join noted book discussion leader Judy Levin on Zoom as she discusses 'Gods of the Upper Air' by Charles King. Registration required.Highland Park Public Library
Join noted book discussion leader Judy Levin on Zoom as she discusses 'Gods of the Upper Air' by Charles King. Registration required.
A century ago, everyone knew that people were fated by their race, sex, and nationality to be more or less intelligent, nurturing, or warlike. But Columbia University professor Franz Boas looked at the data and decided everyone was wrong. Racial categories, he insisted, were biological fictions. Cultures did not come in neat packages labeled "primitive" or "advanced." What counted as a family, a good meal, or even common sense was a product of history and circumstance, not of nature. In Gods of the Upper Air, a masterful narrative history of radical ideas and passionate lives, Charles King shows how these intuitions led to a fundamental reimagining of human diversity.