Boston Book Festival 2020 Boston Book Festival 2020

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

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Memoir: Intellectual Histories [pre-recorded]
Howard Gardner
Howard Gardner
A Synthesizing Mind
Rana el Kaliouby
Rana el Kaliouby
Girl Decoded
Claire Messud
Claire Messud
Kant's Little Prussian Head

A novelist and essayist, a computer scientist, and a scholar of human development discuss their lives and intellectual development. Claire Messud is the beloved author of many works of fiction and criticism. In Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write, she examines her lived life and her literary life--which are bound together inextricably. Rana El Kaliouby talks about her personal journey and her efforts to humanize artificial intelligence by teaching machines to measure and interpret human emotions in Girl Decoded. And finally, the great Howard Gardner, originator of the theory of multiple intelligences, discusses his intellectual development in A Synthesizing Mind. Darrin McMahon, author of Divine Fury: A History of Genius, is the apt and able host of this revelatory session.