At long last, three of our favorite things—books, booze and science—are coming together in a new monthly book club for the scientifically curious! This new group will meet monthly at Centerpoint Brewing in Indianapolis to talk about recent popular science books. A local scientist whose research relates to the book topic will join us to share insights and help guide the conversation.

2018 Fall Schedule

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 | 6:30pm-8pm
Book: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Scientist: Chad Priest, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross - Indiana

We’re also excited to hear from Rebecca Skloot and members of the Lacks family at a free event in partnership with The Indianapolis Public Library on Oct. 24. (Note: This event moved from Oct. 23).

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 | 6:30pm-8pm
Book: The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson
Scientist: Tim McFarlane, Lecturer, Indiana University, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 | 6:30pm-8pm
Book: Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
Scientist: David Wolfe, Biology Instructor, University of Indianapolis

All events are free and open to the general public; drinks and snacks from Centerpoint Brewing are available for purchase. Find the book at your nearest library or bookstore and join us! Additional dates, almost always the last Tuesday of the month, and titles will be added in the future. Book club participants can opt to donate their gently used books to Indiana Humanities’ Novel Conversations program following each discussion. 

 This new Quantum Leap experiment is a partnership between Indiana Humanities, Central Indiana Science Outreach, Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites and March for Science-Indianapolis.

Is there a book you think we should read? Are you a scientist who’d like to help lead a future session? Contact facilitator Cari Lewis.

If you’re interested in starting a local Books, Booze & Brains chapter outside Indianapolis, contact Leah Nahmias, director of programs and community engagement at Indiana Humanities.

Past Book Discussions: 

Aug. 29, 2107
Book: Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Scientist: Dr. Jason M. Organ, Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, IU School of Medicine

Sept. 26, 2017
Book: Almost Human: The Astonishing Tale of Homo naledi and the Discovery that Changed Our Human Story by Lee Berger and John Hawks
Scientist: Dr. Andrew S. Deane, Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, IU School of Medicine

Oct. 24, 2017
Book: Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks
Scientist: Meganne Masko, Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI | Watch the Discussion

November 28, 2017
BookBrain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
Scientist: Dr. Bill Sullivan, Professor of Pharmacology, Toxicology, Microbiology and Immunology, IU School of Medicine | Watch the Discussion

January 30, 2018
Book: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
ScientistMatt Powers, School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, and George Takahashi, Rosen Center for Advanced Computing, Purdue University | Watch the Discussion 

Febuary 27, 2018 
Book: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
Scientist: Kerrie Wilkens-Yel, PhD, School of Education, IU Bloomington | Watch the Discussion

March 27, 2018
Book: Maggots, Murder, and Men: Memories and Reflections from a Forensic Entomologist by Dr. Zakaria Erzinclioglu
Scientist: Christine Picard, PhD, Forensic and Investigative Sciences, IUPUI | Watch the Discussion

April 17, 2018
BookIn the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction by Gabor Maté
Scientist: Dan Rusyniak, MD, IU School of Medicine | Watch the Discussion

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 
Book: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Scientist: Robert Pascuzzi, MD, Department of Neurology, IU School of Medicine | Watch the Discussion

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 
Book: American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee
Scientist: Pat Goodman, Head Animal Curator, Wolf Park | Watch the Discussion

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 
Book: The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World  by Joel K. Bourne
Scientist: Union of Concerned Scientists | Watch the Discussion