A brilliant new account upends bedrock assumptions about 30,000 years of change.
By William Deresiewicz
The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity by David Wengrow & the late David Graeber
10 November, 2021 19:00 (London time)
Wed, Nov 10 2021 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm Central Library, Dweck Center
NOTE: This event is full as of Friday, October 29, at 12:00 noon EST. If you signed up after this time, you may attend via the Zoom/livestream. The link to attend will be emailed to you the day of the event.
Co-presented by the Brooklyn Public Library, Greenlight Bookstore, and n+1
What if the story we’ve been told for centuries about the origins of social inequality isn’t true? This question is at the heart of The Dawn of Everything, David Graeber and David Wengrow’s highly anticipated book that subverts common beliefs about social evolution and presents a radical alternative record of our ancestors’ lives, charting a path towards greater individual and collective freedom for our species. Join the Brooklyn Public Library, Greenlight Bookstore, and n+1 for a discussion of this surprisingly accessible, funny, and whip-smart new work, more vital than ever in this time of continuing and devastating inequality. Author and acclaimed archaeologist David Wengrow will be joined in person by Stephanie Kelton and Silvia Federici in a conversation moderated by Astra Taylor, addressing some of our most fundamental assumptions about human history––from the development of agriculture and cities to the origins of the state, democracy, and civilization itself––and celebrating the legacy of Wengrow’s co-author, the late activist and anthropologist David Graeber. Together these influential thinkers will discuss the pathbreaking research that led to a monumental book that is animated by curiosity, moral vision, and a faith in the power of direct action. Signed books will be available for sale.