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 meets monthly in Indianapolis to talk about recent popular science books. A local scientist whose research relates to the book topic joins to share insights and help guide the conversation.

All events are free and open to the general public. Discussions also feature one or more guest scientists or scholars with expertise relevant to the book of the month. Find the book at your nearest library or bookstore and join us!

Program Details

Spring 2022 Schedule

January 25 @ 6:30 p.m.

Format: In person at Black Acre Taproom (5632 E. Washington St.), Livestream*
Book: Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach

February 22 @ 6:30 p.m.

Format: In person at Black Acre Taproom (5632 E. Washington St.), Livestream*
Book: I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong

March 29 @ 6:30 p.m.

Format: In person at Black Acre Garden (5529 Bonna Ave.), Livestream
Book: The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred  by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

April 26 @ 6:30 p.m.

Format: In person at Black Acre Garden (5529 Bonna Ave.), Livestream
Book: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

May 26 @ 6:30 p.m.

Format: In person at Upland Bloomington Brewpub Woodshop (354 W 11th St, Bloomington, IN 47404) as part of Indiana University Arts & Humanities Institute Granfalloon
Book:
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut

May 31 @ 6:30 p.m.

Format: In person at Black Acre Garden (5529 Bonna Ave.), Livestream
Book:
Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut

 

*While we plan to have an in-person season, formats are subject to change based on pandemic conditions and safety concerns. Check Indiana Humanities’ Facebook page for the most updated information on locations and format.

Borrow from the Library

Want to borrow the books from The Indianapolis Public Library? Here’s a booklist that includes this year’s and last year’s titles.

Past Books, Booze and Brains Discussions

See our previous books and experts here. 

Zoom instructions

All meetings will happen between 6:30 to 8 p.m. Eastern unless otherwise noted.

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Program Highlights

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Photo Album

See the book club in action

In January 2020 we met to discuss And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts at Upland Fountain Square.

Take a peek

Partners

  • Indiana Humanities
  • Central Indiana Science Outreach
  • March for Science Indianapolis
  • Indiana Sciences
  • Indianapolis Public Library

Questions?

Contact Sam Opsahl, Program Associate:
sopsahl@indianahumanities.org317.616.3641

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