The Proper Study of Mankind

Durga Chew-Bose, Adam Gopnik, Andrew O'Hagan

The Proper Study of Mankind

Moderator: Charles Foran

Event Number: 64
Tickets: $20.00

The Proper Study of Mankind

Durga Chew-Bose, Adam Gopnik, Andrew O'Hagan

Friday, October 20
6:00pm - 7:15pm
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright St.

In his An Essay on Man, Alexander Pope wrote that “the proper study of mankind is man.” Three hundred years later we’re still studying ourselves by way of the essay, an art that, at its best, starts with the personal and makes us see the world in new ways. Adam Gopnik, three-time winner of the National Magazine Award for his essays, says they are “the chief vehicles of ideas and emotions from one person to another.” Durga Chew-Bose, searching for a clearer understanding of who we are and where we live, mines her own life as a first-generation Canadian for clues in her essay collection. Andrew O’Hagan’s essays focus on the political sphere, examining three personalities of the digital age, one of whom is his own online creation.

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Durga Chew-Bose


Durga Chew-Bose’s  writing has appeared in Hazlitt, the Guardian and The Globe and Mail. Her debut collection of essays, Too Much and Not the Mood takes its title from a diary entry of Virginia Woolf’s to describe her issues with satisfying audiences and embodies Chew-Bose’s guiding theme, namely, what is worth writing? It was called “transcendent and grounding” by The Globe and Mail.


Adam Gopnik

United States

Adam Gopnik is a renowned writer and essayist. He has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986, where he has contributed numerous non-fiction, fiction, memoir and criticism pieces. Beyond this, he has written children’s books, edited anthologies, and engaged in many musical projects as a lyricist and libretto writer. He was selected by the CBC to deliver the fiftieth anniversary Massey Lectures and has lectured in almost every major American city. At the Strangers’ Gate is Gopnik’s vivid memoir of his move to New York in the 1980s.


Andrew O’Hagan


Andrew O’Hagan is a highly-regarded novelist and non-fiction author. His works often focuses on issues in contemporary Britain and its role as a global player. His novels have been translated into 15 languages. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Review of Books, Granta, The Guardian and The New Yorker. He is also an Editor at Esquire, London Review of Books and a critic for T: The New York Times Style Magazine. The Secret Life: Three True Stories of the Digital Age discusses three men who have used technology to reform and change the world around them.