november, 2019

thu21nov6:30 pm8:00 pmHistory Book Club6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Decorah Public LibraryAge:AdultCost:Free/Small Donation

Event Details

The History Book Group will discuss Charles King’s “Gods of the Upper Air” at 6:30 p.m. Thurs. Nov. 21st on the 2nd floor of the library. 

At the end of the 19th century, everyone knew that people were defined by their race and sex. But one researcher looked at the data and decided everyone was wrong. Franz Boas proposed that cultures did not exist on a continuum from primitive to advanced; instead, every society solves the same basic problems—from childrearing to how to live well—with its own set of rules, beliefs, and taboos. 

Boas and his students mapped vanishing civilizations from the Arctic to the South Pacific and overturned the relationship between biology and behavior. Their work reshaped how we think of women and men, normalcy and deviance, and re-created our place in a world of many cultures and value systems.


(Thursday) 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Decorah Public Library

202 Winnebago St