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September 2019

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Birthright Citizens: Black Americans and the Making of Democracy Before the Civil War

Thu, September 12th, 2019
4:15 pm
- 5:30 pm
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Martha Jones., Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University, is a legal and cultural historian whose work examines how black Americans have shaped the story of American democracy.

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Public Lecture by Zen Master Jok Um (Williams ’74) on Zen

Mon, September 30th, 2019
7:00 pm
- 8:15 pm
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All are invited to a public talk by Zen Master Jok Um (Ken Kessel, Williams '74) on the use of kong-ans (koans) in the Kwan Um School of Zen. The talk is scheduled for 7pm, Monday 9/30, in Griffin Hall 3. This lecture is being organized as part of a course (ENGL 239, "Zen and the Art of American Literature")…

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October 2019

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Janel Martínez | Afro-Latina Visibility: When Identity Is Hashtagged

Tue, October 1st, 2019
4:15 pm
- 6:00 pm
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Janel Martinez is a multimedia journalist. The Honduran-American’s work and insights have appeared on various media sites including Cosmopolitan for Latinas, NPR’s Latino USA, HuffPost Live, Madame Noire, Black Enterprise and The Root, as well as Arise News. Ain’t I Latina? is an online destination created by an Afro-Latina for Afro-Latinas. Inspired by the lack of representation in mainstream media,…

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How Fascism Works

Thu, October 3rd, 2019
4:15 pm
- 5:30 pm
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Jason Stanley, Professor of Philosophy at Yale University, will speak to his latest book, How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them, called a vital read for a nation under Trump 

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Writing History, Writing Biography: Capturing H.G. Adler’s Many Worlds

Tue, October 22nd, 2019
4:15 pm
- 5:30 pm
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H.G. Adler (1910 - 1988) lived at the center of his times and on their margin. A survivor of Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, and two other concentration camps, he chronicled his experience and the loss of others in two dozen books of seminal history, modernist fiction, formally intricate poems, and insightful essays. Yet, despite close friendship with Leo Baeck, Elias Canetti, and…

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November 2019

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Lecture on Buddhism and the Climate Emergency by Karin Meyers (Smith College)

Wed, November 20th, 2019
7:00 pm
- 8:30 pm
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Karin Meyers (Dept. of Religion, Smith College) will present a public lecture on the relevance of Buddhist practices to facing the ongoing climate emergency. The title of her lecture will be "Turning Towards the Truth: Buddhist Resources for Living in the Climate Emergency." All are welcome! The talk will take place in Griffin 3, at 7pm on Wednesday, November 20.…

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