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Authors@mit events continue this week

The authors@mit series continues this afternoon with a panel titled "Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women?" and next week with a discussion of the city's history and maps and a reading by "sexpert" Susie Bright on October 15.

Five panelists at today's session -- moderated by Joshua Cohen, chair of political science and editor-in-chief of Boston Review -- will discuss issues raised by the book Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women? (Princeton University Press). The event -- cosponsored with Boston Review, Women's Studies, political science and the Technology and Culture Forum -- starts at 4:30pm in Wong Auditorium (Buliding E51).

On Tuesday, Oct. 12, panelists including co-editor Alex Krieger will discuss Mapping Boston, which brings the history of one of America's oldest cities alive through the maps that have depicted it over the centuries. The maps are in the collection of Norman B. Leventhal (SB 1938), who will also be on the panel. Each map in the book is accompanied by a full description and a short essay offeringan insight into its context. A highlight of the book is a series of new maps detailing Boston's growth.

The discussion will be moderated by Christopher Lydon of WBUR's "The Connection." It will take place at 7pm in Wong Auditorium. Mapping Boston accompanies two local shows on display through January 14, 2000: "The City of Boston Takes Form and Transforms" at the Boston Public Library and "Charting the Coast of New England" at the New England Aquarium. See for more information.

In Full Exposure: Opening Up to Sexual Creativity and Erotic Expression (Harper San Francisco), sexuality activist Susie Bright offers "rules to live by" and asserts that "sexuality is the soul of the creative process, and that erotic expression of any kind is a personal revolution." She will speak on Friday, Oct. 15 at 7:30pm in Wong Auditorium. This event is cosponsored with Women's Studies and funded in part by the Council for the Arts, the de Florez Fund for Humor and the LBGT Issues Group.

Now in its fourth year, authors@mit is sponsored by the MIT Press Bookstore and the MIT Libraries. All series events are free, open to the public and wheelchair-accessible. Books are available for sale at a discount the week of the event. For more information on the fall schedule, call x3-5249, see the authors@mit web site or e-mail

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 6, 1999.

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