Read and discuss a variety of books exploring how to create a more civil and engaged community.Join Mary Dumas on the third Wednesday of the month from noon to 1:30. Authors DO NOT attend. Meetings are in the Readings Gallery -- brown bag lunches are encouraged. Anyone interested in exploring their role as an engaged citizen is welcome.
Wednesday, May 20, noonOver the last century, global poverty has largely been viewed as a technical problem that merely requires the right "expert" solutions. Yet all too often, experts recommend solutions that fix immediate problems without addressing the systemic political factors that created them in the first place.
Wednesday, June 17, noonJoshua Davis's Spare Parts is a story about overcoming insurmountable odds and four young men who proved they were among the most patriotic and talented Americans in this country - even as the country tried to kick them out.
Wednesday, July 15, noonOver the last twenty years, our economy and our society have been completely revolutionized by technology. Once it became clear how much this would change America, a movement arose around the idea that these same technologies could reshape and improve government. But the idea languished, and while the private sector innovated, our government stalled.
Wednesday, August 19, noonUsing stories from his own life, Tim Wise demonstrates the ways in which racism not only burdens people of color, but also benefit those who are "white like him." He discusses how racial privilege can harm in the long run and make progressive social change less likely. Using anecdotes instead of stale statistics, Wise weaves a narrative that is at once readable and yet scholarly.