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VIRTUAL - Salamishah Tillet | In Search of The Color Purple: The Story of an American Masterpiece

Tue, January 26, 2021 7:30 P.M.
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Cost: FREE

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Errin Haines, founding member and editor at large at The 19th, a new, nonprofit newsroom focused on the intersection of women, politics and policy. Salamishah Tillet is the author of Sites of Slavery , an examination of how contemporary African American…

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VIRTUAL - Stephanie Schriock | Run to Win: Lessons in Leadership for Women Changing the World

Wed, January 27, 2021 7:30 P.M.
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Cost: FREE

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Yvette Nicole Brown, star of screens big and small and known to audiences for her roles in Community, The Mayor, Supermansion, The Odd Couple, and many other films and TV shows.  The president of EMILY’s List since 2010, Stephanie Schriock has helped…

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VIRTUAL - Charles Kenny | The Plague Cycle: The Unending War Between Humanity and Infectious Disease

Thu, January 28, 2021 7:30 P.M.
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Cost: FREE

REGISTER HERE A senior fellow and the director of technology and development at the Center for Global Development, Charles Kenny has extensively contributed to policy reforms in global health, UN peacekeeping, and international financial corruption, among many other urgent issues. A contributing…

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VIRTUAL - James Oakes | The Crooked Path to Abolition: Abraham Lincoln and the Antislavery Constitution

Tue, February 2, 2021 7:30 P.M.
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Cost: FREE

Register Here In conversation with Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery  and Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution , winner of the Bancroft, Parkman, and Los Angeles Times Book prizes. James Oakes won the…

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VIRTUAL - Nadia Owusu | Aftershocks: A Memoir

Wed, February 3, 2021 7:30 P.M.
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Cost: FREE

Register Here In conversation with writer and librarian Maisy Card, author of These Ghosts Are Family Nadia Owusu won a 2019 Whiting Award for her work on  Aftershocks . “A memoir that broods on lost identity and statelessness” ( Elle ), this debut book tells the story of the…

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VIRTUAL - John Ghazvinian | America and Iran: A History, 1720 to the Present

Thu, February 4, 2021 7:30 P.M.
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Cost: FREE

Register Here An author, historian, and former journalist, John Ghazvinian is the Executive Director of the Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of  Untapped: The Scramble for Africa’s Oil , a “riveting account and superb analysis” (…

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VIRTUAL - Victor Wooten | The Spirit of Music: The Lesson Continues

Tue, February 9, 2021 7:30 P.M.
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Cost: FREE

Register Here In conversation with novelist and musician Wesley Stace A founding member of jazz fusion super group Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, bass guitarist Victor Wooten is a five-time Grammy winner and has been called “the Michael Jordan of the bass.” A producer,…

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VIRTUAL - Elizabeth Kolbert | Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future

Wed, February 10, 2021 7:30 P.M.
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Cost: $10.00-Ticket or $33.00-Book with Ticket

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE Barbara Gohn Day Memorial Lecture In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning broadcaster and journalist “An astute observer, excellent explainer, and superb synthesizer” ( Seattle Times ), Elizabeth Kolbert is the author of the Pulitzer…

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VIRTUAL - Melissa Broder | Milk Fed

Thu, February 11, 2021 7:30 P.M.
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Cost: FREE

Register Here In conversation with Nomi Eve, author of Henna House and The Family Orchard , Director of the Creative Writing MFA program, Drexel University. Melissa Broder is the author of  The Pisces , a darkly erotic yet tender tale of academia, break-ups, and compulsive merman love.…

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VIRTUAL - Maria Kefalas | Harnessing Grief: A Mother's Quest for Meaning and Miracles

Tue, February 16, 2021 7:30 P.M.
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Cost: FREE

Register Here In conversation with Ashley Fox, Writer. Speaker. Entrepreneur. Athlete. Mom. ESPN alumna. In 2012, Maria Kefalas’s daughter, Calliope, was diagnosed with a rare, degenerative, and incurable genetic disease called metachromatic leukodystrophy. Rather than succumbing to grief,…

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Madeleine Dean and Harry Cunnane | Under Our Roof: A Son's Battle for Recovery, a Mother's Battle for Her Son

Wed, February 17, 2021 7:30 P.M.
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Cost: FREE

Register Here In conversation with Action News anchor, Jim Gardner On the eve of the biggest professional risk of her life—running for a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives—Madeleine Dean discovered that her son, Harry Cunnane, was battling a severe painkiller…

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VIRTUAL - Michael Eric Dyson | Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America

Thu, February 18, 2021 7:30 P.M.
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Cost: FREE

Register Here In conversation with Jon Meacham Meelya Gordon Memorial Lecture Michael Eric Dyson is the author of Tears We Cannot Stop , an “eloquent, righteous, and inspired” ( Philadelphia Inquirer ) call for racial change that was named one of the best books of 2017 by multitudes…

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VIRTUAL - Amelia Pang | Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods

Tue, February 23, 2021 7:30 P.M.
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Cost: FREE

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Tracey Matisak, award-winning broadcaster and journalist In 2017, Amelia Pang earned the first place award in investigative journalism from the LA Press Club for her undercover exposé on the exploitation of immigrants smuggled into America to work in…

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VIRTUAL - Joby Warrick | Red Line: The Unraveling of Syria and America's Race to Destroy the Most Dangerous Arsenal in the World

Tue, March 2, 2021 7:30 P.M.
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Cost: FREE

REGISTER HERE Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Endowed Lecture Joby Warrick won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction for Black Flags , “a revealing, riveting and exquisitely detailed account” ( San Francisco Chronicle ) of the rise of ISIS and its mastermind’s life and death. He…

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VIRTUAL - Beth Kephart | Wife | Daughter | Self: A Memoir in Essays

Wed, March 3, 2021 7:30 P.M.
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Cost: FREE

REGISTER HERE In conversation with Jacinda Barrett, Traveler, Actress on Netflix Bloodline, Writer, Mother, Wife and all the rest of it. Beth Kephart is the author of more than 30 books across a wide range of genres, including poetry, young adult fiction, and, most notably, the memoir. These…

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VIRTUAL - Shankar Vedantam | Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain

Tue, March 9, 2021 7:30 P.M.
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Cost: $33.00-Book with Ticket

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE In conversation with Adam Grant, bestselling author of Originals , Give and Take , and most recently Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know Shankar Vedantam is the author of the New York Times  bestseller  The Hidden Brain , a combination of…

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VIRTUAL - Hala Alyan | The Arsonists’ City

Tue, March 16, 2021 7:30 P.M.
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Cost: FREE

REGISTER HERE Hala Alyan’s novel  Salt Houses , a “heart-wrenching, lyrical and timely” ( Dallas Morning News ) study of three generations in a Palestinian family, won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Arab American Book Award. A clinical psychologist by profession,…

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VIRTUAL - Viet Thanh Nguyen | The Committed

Tue, March 23, 2021 7:30 P.M.
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Cost: $5.00-Ticket or $32.00-Book with ticket and signed book plate

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE Viet Thanh Nguyen won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for  The Sympathizer , the “intelligent, relentlessly paced and savagely funny” ( Wall Street Journal ) tale of a South Vietnamese army captain who immigrates to Los Angeles and reports on his fellow…

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VIRTUAL - Kate Masur | Until Justice Be Done: America's First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction

Thu, March 25, 2021 7:30 P.M.
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Cost: FREE

REGISTER HERE Kate Masur is the author of  An Example for All the Land , a Lincoln Prize finalist that examined Washington, D.C.’s role as a 19th century laboratory for civil rights policy and justice. She is also the author of numerous academic articles and essays that focus on how…

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VIRTUAL - Walter Isaacson | The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race

Wed, March 31, 2021 7:30 P.M.
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Cost: $10.00-Ticket or $35.00-Book-with-Ticket

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE Pine Tree Foundation Lecture “A renaissance man…driven by a joyful desiredrive to discover” ( The Times of London ), Walter Isaacson is the author of definitive and internationally bestselling biographies of Steve Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci, Benjamin…

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