Join our public library partners in 2020 to explore important issues and how we discuss them with two upcoming New Connections series.
THURSDAYS: In partnership with Roanoke County Public Libraries, New Connections: Let’s Talk will meet at South County Library over two titles in January and February. All sessions begin at 6:30 PM
- Hate: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech by Nadine Strossen (Oxford University Press, 2018) Jan 23 and 30.
- In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle with Opioids by Travis Rieder (Harper, 2019) Feb 6, 13, and 20
Concurrently on TUESDAYS, Roanoke City Public Library will offer an opportunity to go section-by-section through our featured fall book:
- Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi (Bold Type Books, 2018)
Join in conversation and hear from local leaders and guest speakers as our own guides, accompanying the historic guides Dr. Kendi uses to illustrate the events that shaped and changed our nation.
All sessions will be at the Melrose Branch Library at 6:30 PM
January 7 – Section 1: Cotton Mather (Add the Facebook Event to your calendar)
Guest: Points of Diversity’s Katie Zawacki on learnings from Changing the Narrative
January 14 – Section 2: Thomas Jefferson (Add the Facebook Event to your calendar)
Guest: Sculptor and Author Lawrence Bechtel on Thomas Jefferson and Isaac Granger
January 21 – Section 3: William Lloyd Garrison (Add the FB Event to your calendar)
Guest: Virginia Tech’s Dennis Halpin on the legacy of the Civil War
January 28 – Section 4: W. E. B. Du Bois (Add the Facebook Event to your calendar)
Guest: Virginia Humanities’ Justin Reid on Reconstruction and the Great Migration
February 4 – Section 5: Angela Davis (Add the Facebook Event to your calendar)
Guest: Vice-Mayor Joe Cobb on the civil rights movement and today