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September 2018

ERICK KLINENBERG on How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life

September 17, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

We are living in a time of deep divisions. Americans are sorting themselves along racial, religious, and cultural lines, leading to a level of polarization that the country hasn't seen since the Civil War. Pundits and politicians are calling for us to come together; to find common purpose. But exactly how can this be done? In Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life, Eric Klinenberg suggests a way forward. He…

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Suffolk’s ELIF ARMBRUSTER on Jo March: A “Little Woman” turns “Nasty Woman”

September 18, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

While much has been written about the domestic and subtly conformist ideals that infuse Little Women (1868), the fact remains that by deciding to get married at the end of the novel and keep her writing career, Jo March provides a timely—and timeless—model for girls and women everywhere. In her talk, Armbruster revisits Little Women from the perspective of 2018 and contemplates seeing at least one of the book's heroines—Jo March—not as a "little woman," but as a "nasty" one.…

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Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret

September 24, 2018 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Boston Public Library and the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund (“DLDF”) are pleased to present “Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret” as a part of Banned Books Week (September 23-29th), the annual celebration of the freedom to read. Banned Together is a celebration of songs and scenes from shows that have been censored or challenged on America’s stages, created to raise awareness around issues of censorship and free expression in the theater. The performances will feature selections from Cabaret, Chicago, Fun…

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October 2018

MARK WARREN and DAVID GOODMAN, editors of Lift Us Up, in conversation with contributors and community activists CARLOS OJOS and GLORYA WORNUM

October 1, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Illuminating the struggles and triumphs of the emerging educational justice movement, this anthology tells the stories of how black and brown parents, students, educators, and their allies are fighting back against systemic inequities and the mistreatment of children of color in low-income communities. It offers a social justice alternative to the corporate reform movement that seeks to privatize public education through expanding charter schools and voucher programs. To address the systemic racism in our education system and in the broader…

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IMANI PERRY, author of Looking for Lorraine: the Radical and Radiant Life of Lorraine Hansberry, in conversation with Tracey Heather Strain, documentary filmmaker, “Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” (PBS American Masters)

October 11, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Lorraine Hansberry, who died at age thirty-four, was best-known for her work A Raisin in the Sun, but her short life was full of extraordinary experiences and achievements. Her unflinching commitment to social justice brought her under FBI surveillance when she was barely in her twenties. While her close friends and contemporaries, like James Baldwin and Nina Simone, have been rightly celebrated, her story has been diminished and relegated to one work—until now. Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of…

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Did You Know?

Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.