February 24, 2015: Speaking at Georgia Tech on GENTLEMEN SCIENTISTS

February 4, 2015: Speaking to Smithsonian American History Museum on GENTLEMEN SCIENTISTS

November 16, 2014: SCOVILLE LIBRARY SPEAKER SERIES: “Gentlemen Scientists and Revolutionaries”

Oblong Books & Music, Millerton, NY in partnership with Scoville Memorial Library, Salisbury, CT  present SCOVILLE SPEAKER SERIES and Tom will be speaking about his new book: “GENTLEMEN, SCIENTISTS AND REVOLUTIONARIES: The Founding Fathers in the Age of Enlightenment”   on Sunday, November 16 – 4pm  at the Scoville Memorial Library, Salisbury, CT Admission: FREE.

November 5, 2014: Speaking and debating at Foundation for Religious Liberty, New York City

Gentlemen Scientists and Revolutionaries: The Founding Fathers in the Age of Enlightenment

Gentlemen Scientists and Revolutionaries: The Founding Fathers in the Age of Enlightenment  by Tom Shachtman C-Span’s taping of lecture about this book at the New York Public Library

The book is a Featured Alternate for the History Book Club, Military Book Club, Scientific American Book Club, and Book-of-the-Month Club 2.

Adapted excerpt: George Washington, the First Vaxxer  at The Daily Beast

Praise for Gentlemen Scientists and Revolutionaries

“A fascinating and unique look at the familiar history of the founding of the United States through the hyperfocused lens of scientific advancement.” – Library Journal

“An intriguing survey of science’s influence on the Founders.”   — Booklist

“Makes a strong case for the importance of science and technology in the creation of the United States …. A well-researched, lively entry into the current debate about the role of science in a democracy.” Kirkus Reviews

In this lively history … Shachtman makes an ingenious and convincing case that “science-based thoughts and actions were critical to the nation’s birth and early health—far more so than were religious doctrine or economic considerations.” — Publishers Weekly

“We might hear as children about Ben Franklin with his kite and key in the thunderstorm, but this lively and learned book gives us the grown-up view of the Founders and their fascination with things scientific. Employing a large cast of colonial characters–Franklin, Washington, Jefferson and other famous figures of the era, but also lesser-known thinkers and tinkerers–Tom Shachtman makes a compelling case that the American Revolution became a movement not only for political independence, but for scientific independence as well. Indeed, Shachtman shows us that the two can hardly be considered separable.” –Greg Nobles, Professor of History, Georgia Institute of Technology, and co-author of Whose American Revolution Was It?

“This splendid book tells the eye-opening story of America’s founding generation as first-class scientists. We know how they created the government of the United States. Here we learn much more – and what a story it is!” –Lee Dembart, former science editor and science book reviewer, Los Angeles Times

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April 23, 2014: Speaking at Macaulay Honors College, CUNY, on immigrants and AROUND THE BLOCK

March 6 – 8, 2014: Pasadena. Speaking at Huntington Library/Jack Miller Center conference, on Five Fantasies of Dr. Benjamin Rush

February 3 – 5, 2014: Atlanta, Speaking at Georgia Tech, on Thomas Jefferson’s Bible and scientific thought

October 4 & 5, 2013: Speaking at Aglet Theater production of ‘The Amish Project’ , at the Bok Theater of the Sharon Playhouse

Bok Gallery is a year-round performing arts facility on the premises of TriArts Sharon Playhouse. An intimate space with flexible seating for up to 100, staged readings, workshops and small performances are showcased in this charming building.

TriArts’ Bok Gallery is located just west of the Clock Tower in Sharon CT, the intersection of Rt. 343, Rt. 4 and Rt 41.