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Cognoscenti presents: Redefining motherhood for the 21st century

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Time & Date

Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 6:30 pm

Both in-person and virtual tickets are available for this event. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Event Location

WBUR CitySpace890 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215Open in Google Maps


Grab your parents, siblings, friends and mentors for an evening celebrating the power of mothers in honor of Mother’s Day. Cognoscenti, WBUR’s ideas and opinion page, presents an inspiring evening of readings, performances and conversations about the shifting perception of motherhood, from the invisible costs of caregiving to surviving the world of mommy influencers and more. Radio Boston host Tiziana Dearing emcees.

Featured speakers and performers 
Kate Baer — poet and author, “And Yet,” “I Hope This Finds You Well” and “What Kind of Woman”

Chelsea Conaboy — author, “Mother Brain: How Neuroscience is Rewriting the Story of Parenthood”

Angela Garbes — author, “Essential Labor: Mothering as Social Change”

Sara Petersen — author, “Momfluenced: Inside the Maddening, Picture-Perfect World of Mommy Influencer Culture”

Bethany Van Delft — comedian, storyteller, host

In-person guests will enjoy a post-show reception with snacks and drinks from Curious Elixirs. Copies of the authors’ books will be available for purchase from our bookstore partner Brookline Booksmith and they will sign at the reception.

CitySpace Tickets
Premiere: $25.00 [SOLD OUT]
General: $15.00
Student: $5.00

Virtual Tickets
$5.00 (only one ticket needed per household)

Ways To Save

  • WBUR Sustainers save $5.00 on in-person and virtual tickets to this event.
  • WBUR Members save $5.00 on in-person tickets to this event.

To apply the discount to your ticket purchase online, you’ll need to enter a promo code. You can get your code by emailing

Registrants may be contacted by CitySpace about this or future events.

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