Books, Booze & Brains

We've brought together three of our favorite things—books, booze and science—in a monthly book club for the scientifically curious!

Books, Booze & Brains

At long last, three of our favorite things—books, booze and science—are coming together in a monthly book club for the scientifically curious! This group will meet monthly in Indianapolis to talk about recent popular science books. A local scientist whose research relates to the book topic will join us to share insights and help guide the conversation.

All events are free and open to the general public. Each discussion is facilitated by Dr. Krista Hoffmann-Longtin, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at IUPUI and specialist in science communications. Discussions also feature one or more guest scientists with expertise relevant to the book of the month. Find the book at your nearest library or bookstore and join us! Additional dates, almost always the last Tuesday of the month, and titles will be added in the future.

To receive email alerts of further updates to the schedule and to get information about the Fall 2020 season, contact Leah Nahmias, director of programs and community engagement at Indiana Humanities (317-616-9804 /

Books, Booze & Brains is presented in partnership by Indiana Humanities, Central Indiana Science Outreach, March for Science Indianapolis, and Indiana Sciences.

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For the time being, we’ll keep meeting virtually, with meetings running from 6:30 to 8 p.m. If and when we’re ready to start meeting in-person, you’ll be sure to know.

Fall 2020 Schedule


Tuesday, July 28

Book: Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt and
Scientist: Ellen D. Ketterson, PhD, Indiana University

Tuesday, August 25
Book: Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, Gorillas on Drugs, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves by Laurel Braitman and
Scientist: Brett Kruger, Indy Humane

Tuesday, September 29
Book: A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup
Scientist: Adam Overberg, PharmD, Indiana Poison Center

Tuesday, October 27
Book: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
Scientist: Chad Priest, Executive Director of Red Cross-Indiana Region

Tuesday, November 24
Book: Predisposed: Liberals, Conservatives, and the Biology of Political Differences by John R. Hibbing, et. al.
Scientist: Amanda Friesen, PhD, IUPUI Department of Political Science


Questions? Suggestions?

Is there a book you think we should read? Are you a scientist who’d like to help lead a future session? Contact facilitator Krista Hoffmann-LongtinIUPUI School of Liberal Arts and IU School of Medicine.

If you’re interested in starting a local Books, Booze & Brains chapter outside Indianapolis, contact Leah Nahmias, director of programs and community engagement at Indiana Humanities.