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Friday, June 27, 2014
At Noon

Internet & Society:
The Technologies and Politics of Control

Facilitated by:
Timothy Armstrong, LL.M, ’05,
The Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Law
at the University of Cincinnati College of Law

Bring Your Own Brown Bag Lunch – Drinks and Dessert Provided
Business Casual Attire

Event location:
Blank Rome LLP
Fifth and Main
201 East Fifth Street,
17th Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Reservations, Questions and Topic Suggestions:

Please contact
Lori Nuckolls, '86

Lori G. Nuckolls, '86
David T. Croall, '80
Margaret A. Lawson, '82
Ruth I. Rounding, '76

Past Presidents:
Cedric W. Vogel, '71
Stephen D. Strauss, '65

July 2014
Event Calendar

July 25th

New Science to Sustain Environment, Business and Community

Facilitated by Randall Bruins,
Kennedy School of Government Executive Programs Course Attendee in '00 of a course entitled "Economics and the Environment" and a Senior Environmental Scientist with the Environmental Protection Agency in collaboration with Florence Fulk, Research Biologist and Chief of the Molecular Ecology Research Branch, Ecological Exposure Research Division, National Exposure Research Laboratory.

The Discussion Group meets on the fourth Friday of most months and is open to all affiliates of Harvard University and their guests. We discuss a diversity of topics and welcome topic suggestions. A discussion facilitator usually leads each session.




Harvard Book Club

7:30 p.m. at the Bronte Bistro in Joseph Beth Bookstore
2692 Madison Road  Cincinnati, OH 45208

July 10th, 2014. The Human Comedy:  Selected Stories* (New York Review Books Classics),  by Honore de Balzac, Peter Brooks, Linda Asher, Carol Cosman, and Jordan Stump.  

*Due to the length of this book, we will concentrate on the array of short fictions therein in which Balzac is at his most concentrated and forceful, beginning with "Sarrasine."  Due to the length of the book, we will start with "Sarrasine," and those who wish to read more should do so as there is likely to be discussion on much of Balzac's work.  In the book nine short fictions appear, all newly translated, and together they provide an unequaled overview of this great writer’s obsessions and art.  To name a few tales of madness, illicit passion, ill-gotten gains, and crime, there are “The Duchesse de Langeais,” “A Passion in the Desert,” and, of course, “Sarrasine,” which will be the central focus of our discussion.  Peter Brooks' introduction to this volume is not to be missed. 

Reviews: “The great thing about work this entertaining is that it’s still exciting nearly 200 years on." —Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian

“These tales provide the reader a healthy introduction to Balzac’s famous hyperbole, his melodrama, and his extended descriptions and explanations where nothing goes unsaid.  We don’t read Balzac for his refined style; rather, his genius lies in the sheer ambition of his reach, the vastness of his grasp.” —Publishers Weekly

"The characters and sentences still leap from the page as if they were trapped there just seconds ago.  It’s just choosing where to begin….Happily, in The Human Comedy: Selected Stories, Peter Brooks has managed to capture this enormous range and more by plucking a mere nine of the Frenchmen’s best tales.  There is a good range on display here, as broad as the Napoleonic Empire.  Dandies and duchesses discuss the decline of aristocratic mores at a dinner party in “Another Study of Womankind.”  In “A Passion in the Desert,” a soldier lost in the Sahara stumbles upon an oasis, which he discovers is inhabited by a panther.  Out of such tales one can see how Balzac was the great-grandfather to writers as diverse as Colette and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.” —The Boston Globe

“I have learned more [from Balzac] than from all the professional historians, economists, and statisticians put together.” —Friedrich Engels

“In Balzac, every living soul is a weapon loaded to the very muzzle with will.” —Charles Baudelaire

“Large as Balzac is, he is all of one piece and he hangs together perfectly.” —Henry James

“Balzac was both a greedy child and an indefatigable observer of a greedy age, at once a fantastic and a genius, yet possessing a simple core of common sense.” —V. S. Pritchett

“Balzac was by turns a saint, a criminal, an honest judge, a corrupt judge, a minister, a fob, a harlot, a duchess, and always a genius.” —André Maurois

About the Authors

Honoré de Balzac (1799–1850), one of the greatest and most influential of novelists, was born in Tours and educated at the Collège de Vendôme and the Sorbonne.  He began his career as a pseudonymous writer of sensational potboilers before achieving success with a historical novel, The Chouans.  Balzac then conceived his great work, La Comédie humaine, an ongoing series of novels in which he set out to offer a complete picture of contemporary society and manners.  Always working under an extraordinary burden of debt, Balzac wrote some eighty-five novels in the course of his last twenty years, including such masterpieces as Père Goriot, Eugénie Grandet, Lost Illusions, and Cousin Bette.  In 1850, he married Eveline Hanska, a rich Polish woman with whom he had long conducted an intimate correspondence.  Three months later he died.  In addition to the present collection, NYRB Classics publishes a translation of Balzac’s The Unknown Masterpiece and Gambara.

Peter Brooks taught for many years at Yale, where he was Sterling Professor of Comparative Literature.  He has written about Balzac in a number of books, including The Melodramatic Imagination, Reading for the Plot, Henry James Goes to Paris, and Enigmas of Identity.  He is currently Andrew W. Mellon Scholar at Princeton and is at work on Flaubert in the Ruins of Paris.

Linda Asher has translated works by Milan Kundera, Georges Simenon, Victor Hugo, Jean-Pierre Vernant, Restif de la Bretonne, and many others. A former fiction editor at The New Yorker, she is a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic.

Carol Cosman is a translator of French literature and letters.  Her work includes Exile and the Kingdom by Albert Camus, Colonel Chabert by Honoré de Balzac, America Day by Day by Simone de Beauvoir, The Elementary Forms of Religious Life by Emile Durkheim, and The Family Idiot (a study of Flaubert) by Jean-Paul Sartre.

Jordan Stump is a professor of French at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln; the author, most recently, of The Other Book: Bewilderments of Fiction; and the translator of some twenty works of (mostly) contemporary  rench prose by authors such as Marie NDiaye, Eric Chevillard, Antoine Volodine, and Jean-Philippe Toussaint.  His translation of Claude Simon’s The Jardin des Plantes won the French-American Foundation’s annual translation prize in 2001.

We will not have a book club meeting in August due to vacation and travel schedules.   However, we will resume our meetings in September.

September 4, 2014. Sons of Wichita:  How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty, by Daniel Schulman.

Reviews:"[A] riveting biography...fair-minded and inquisitive.  Schulman offers carefully observed details that help flesh out our image of the men whose money has so dramatically remade our politics, revealing much about their motives as well as the demons that haunt them."—The Washington Post

"[C]ompulsively readable... a bias-free book that illuminates two of the most influential figures on the American landscape while telling a remarkable, if cautionary, tale about money, power, and the bonds of brotherhood."—Booklist

"A straightforward, evenhanded and often riveting assessment."—Kirkus

"[I]f you care about politics and the ultimately far more powerful cultural direction of these United States...[this book] is mandatory reading."—Nick Gillespie, The Daily Beast

About the Author

Daniel Schulman is a senior editor in the Washington bureau of Mother Jones, and a founding member of the magazine's investigative journalism team. His work has appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, Psychology Today, Village Voice, and many other publications. He splits his time between Cambridge, Massachusetts and Washington, DC.

For information about the Book Club, contact Steve Strauss, sdstrauss@earthlink.net.

Young Ivies Alumni Club

Ivy Happy Hour    Friday, July 11, 2014        Downtown, TBA
Ivy Lunch    Thursday, July 17, 2014        Downtown, TBA

The Ivy Happy Hour and the Ivy Lunch are excellent ways to meet other Ivy young professionals from a variety of schools, companies, neighborhoods, etc., so please join us if you can! The Cincy Ivy Young Alumni Club is currently looking for members to serve on our Steering Committee and to help manage our Initiatives ("hands on" roles such as coordinating the Ivy Happy Hour, Ivy Lunch, Mentorship and College Coaching programs) and administrative roles (Communications, Membership and Technology). Please contact Sid D'Souza, Club Coordinator at <sid@cincyivy.org>

Questions:  Ask Sid  D'Souza at ivyhappyhour@cincyivy.org
Visit our website www.cincyivy.org

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