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, July 15, noonCharles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.
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.
Wednesday, September 16, noonA powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.
Wednesday, October 21, noon
Over 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.