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October 2018

Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China

October 24, 2018 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

Three successful black siblings from Harlem discover their heritage by searching for clues about their long-lost Chinese grandfather, Samuel Lowe. Taking family tree research to an epic proportion, the siblings and 16 of their family members travel to two Chinese cities, ShenZhen and GuangZhou. Together, they visit their family's ancestral village, finding documented lineage that dates their family back 3,000 years to 1006 BC. The trip culminates in an emotional and unforgettable family reunion with 300 of their grandfather's Chinese…

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Dr. CRYSTAL FLEMING, author of How to Be Less Stupid About Race

October 29, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Combining no-holds-barred social critique, humorous personal anecdotes, and analysis of the latest interdisciplinary scholarship on systemic racism, sociologist CRYSTAL FLEMING provides a fresh, accessible, and irreverent take on everything that's wrong with our "national conversation about race." Drawing upon critical race theory, as well as her own experiences as a queer black millennial college professor and researcher, Fleming unveils how systemic racism exposes us all to racial ignorance--and provides a road map for transforming our knowledge into concrete social change.…

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BEN BRADLEE JR. on “The Forgotten”

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

THE FORGOTTEN is a close look at Luzerne, a county in northeast Pennsylvania that had not voted for a Republican president since 1988. In 2008, President Obama won Luzerne County by eight percentage points; in 2012, he claimed victory by five points. In 2016, Donald Trump routed Hillary Clinton in the county by 26,237 votes—nearly twenty percentage points, and nearly 60 percent of the margin of votes that would ultimately win Trump the state. It was these citizens, Bradlee argues,…

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November 2018

Dr. Max Abrahms, author of Rules for Rebels: The Science of Victory in Military History

November 15, 2018 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Ever wonder why militant groups behave as they do? For instance, why does Islamic State brag over social media about its gory attacks, while Hezbollah denies responsibility or even apologizes for its carnage? This book shows that militant group behavior depends on the strategic intelligence of the leaders. The author has extensively studied the political strategies of hundreds of militant groups throughout world history and reveals that successful militant leaders have followed three rules. These rules are based on original…

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