Marvelous Machines: A Double Book Launch of "The Chinese Typewriter" & "Personal Stereo"

Department: History

Date and Time: November 6, 2017 | 5:00 PM-6:30 PM

Event Location: HG 1030

Event Details

Event Details
Join us for a double book launch with Thomas S. Mullaney (The Chinese Typewriter) & Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow (Personal Stereo). The launch will also feature comments from anthropologist Tom Boellstorff & freelance writer Alexandra Pechman and will be moderated by historian Jeffrey Wasserstrom.

The discussion will be followed by a book signing. Light refreshments will be served.
Event is free and open to the public. RSVP @

"The Chinese Typewriter provides a captivating exploration of one of the most consequential technolinguistic feats in modern history," Nature 

"Personal Stereo explores the development of the Walkman, its impact on our culture, and its legacy...entertaining and engaging," San Francisco Book Review

Tom Mullaney is Associate Professor of Chinese History at Stanford University and author, most recently, of The Chinese Typewriter: A History (MIT Press).His writings have appeared in the Journal of Asian Studies, Technology & Culture, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy.

Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow is a writer-in-residence at UC Irvine and author of Personal Stereo (Bloomsbury, Object Lessons Series).  Her writings have appeared in The New York Times Sunday Book Review, he Nation, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Tom Boellstorff is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UC Irvine whose research engages with, among other things, questions of selfhood, technology, and the politics of belonging.

Alexandra Pechman is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in publications such as Artforum, Vogue, Tin House, and the New York Times.

Jeff Wasserstrom is Chancellor's Professor of History, UCI.

Sponsored by: Newkirk Center for Science & Society, with support from the History Department, Humanities Commons & the US-China Long Institute & the Literary Journalism Program.