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Our next event -
Sunday, January 27 at 3pm
Jane Brox presents
Silence:
A Social History of
One of the Least Understood
Elements of Our Lives
 
 
 
 

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Sunday, January 27 at 3pm - Jane Brox presents "Silence: A Social History of One of the Least Understood Elements of Our Lives"

Please join us on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 3pm, when award-winning author Jane Brox presents her new work, Silence.

She has taught at Harvard University and Bowdoin College, and is currently on the faculty of Lesley University’s low-residency MFA Program. 

Silence: A Social History of One of the Least Understood Elements of Our Lives Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780544702486
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - January 15th, 2019

a compelling history of silence as a powerful shaper of the human mind—in prisons, in places of contemplation, and in our own lives

Through her evocative intertwined histories of the penitentiary and the monastery, Jane Brox illuminates the many ways silence is far more complex than any absolute; how it has influenced ideas of the self, soul, and society. Brox traces its place as a transformative power in the monastic world from Medieval Europe to the very public life of twentieth century monk Thomas Merton, whose love for silence deepened even as he faced his obligation to speak out against war. This fascinating history of ideas also explores the influence the monastic cell had on one of society’s darkest experiments in silence: Eastern State Penitentiary. Conceived of by one of the Founding Fathers and built on the outskirts of Philadelphia, the penitentiary’s early promulgators imagined redemption in imposed isolation, but they badly misapprehended silence’s dangers.

Finally, Brox’s rich exploration of silence’s complex and competing meanings leads us to imagine how we might navigate our own relationship with silence today, for the transformation it has always promised, in our own lives. 


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