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!

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Books, Booze & Brains

UPDATE: Until further notice, due to COVID-19, our gatherings will be virtual. To join the virtual book club meetings, click the Zoom link below and enter the meeting ID:

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 /

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.

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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Spring 2020 Schedule


Jan. 28, 2020
Book: And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts
Guest Expert: Dr. Bree A. Weaver, IU School of Medicine

Feb. 26, 2020 *WEDNESDAY*
Book: The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan
Guest Expert: Dr. Emily L. Gillepsie, Butler University

March 31, 2020
Book: Cyborg Vol. 1: The Imitation of Life (Rebirth) by John Semper and Cyborg Vol. 1: Unplugged by David F. Walker
Guest Expert: Maurice Broaddus and Dr. Ankur Gupta, Butler University

April 28, 2020
Book: Eager: The Surprising Secret Lives of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfarb
Guest Expert: Dr. Jennifer Lau, Indiana University

May 26, 2020
Book: The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris
Guest Expert: Sarah Halter, Indiana Medical History Museum


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.