leisure 01.29.18

Brain Food

Attention Ecology in the Digital Age is a talk, tonight, 7pm, at Cooper Union, about attention, distraction, and curiosity.

At the Explorers Club on Monday, February 12, 7pm, Andrew Rowen, author of Encounters Unforeseen: 1492 Retold, talks about Columbus' voyage from a bicultural perspective.

The New Female Economies in China and the Muslim World are discussed by Roseann Lake and Saadia Zahidi with Rana Foroohar. It takes place Tuesday, February 20, 6:30pm, free but register. [Photo of Roseann Lake: Maya Reid; Photo of Saadia Zahidi: Alexander Petrenko]

The biology behind our senses is the focus of Neuroscience Night: Our Sensational Brain, Thursday, March 15, 7pm, at AMNH, $20.

A refreshing humility from Experimental Physicist Daniel Whiteson and Scientist-Turned-Cartoonist Jorge Cham, who have written We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe and discuss same at Symphony Space tonight, 8pm, $25.

Valeria Luiselli, author of Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions, talks with Maria Hinojosa at 92Y on Monday, February 12, $22. The book grew out of Ms. Luiselli's work as a volunteer translator for child immigrants.

Photographer Anand Varma gets up close and personal with hummingbirds, bees, and other small creatures and talks about his work as part of the National Geographic Live! series. This one is titled Beauty and the Bizarre and takes place at Town Hall on Tuesday, February 27, 8pm, from $37.

Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan is Steve Coll's followup to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ghost Wars. Out next week. Mr. Coll will be at the Brooklyn Historical Society, March 1, 6pm, $5.

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