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Peterborough - Jane Brox discussing and signing her new book, a social history of Silence

JANE BROX discussing and signing SILENCE: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF ONE OF THE LEAST UNDERSTOOD ELEMENTS OF OUR LIVES  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. 

Event date: 
Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 11:00am
Event address: 
12 Depot Sq.
Peterborough, NH 03458
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