Race and Caste in America: Isabel Wilkerson in Conversation with Michael Eric Dyson

Does the concept of race hide more than it reveals? Join Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson (Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents) in conversation with sociologist Michael Eric Dyson (Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America, forthcoming) about racial hierarchy, the possibility of historical change, and rethinking the frameworks that brought us here. 

Maaza Mengiste and Salman Rushdie in Conversation

Salman Rushdie, the author most recently of Quichotte,and Maaza Mengiste, editor of Addis Ababa Noir and author of The Shadow King discuss the influence and inspiration of historical texts and structures on their writing, plus spy literature, noir and the impact of immigrant writers on American  literature. Moderated by Leigh Haber. 

Visions and Revisions in Popular Music

The story of popular music—the meaning and legacy of its key figures and unrecognized innovators, and how it has both shaped and reflected the societal forces, conversations and revolutions of our times—is forever being written and rewritten. Explore with three bold chroniclers of sound and politics: Sasha Geffen (Glitter Up the Dark: How Pop Music […]

Of Mystic Women, Witches and Tomboys

Presented by TOPPLE Books. Melissa Faliveno’s Tomboyland navigates the mysterious terrain of androgyny and bisexuality, womanhood and rage, religion and myth, loneliness and love. Ultimately, she asks what it means to live in the spaces between and what it means to come home. In An American Covenant: A Story of Women, Mysticism, and the Making […]

Carousel: Comics Performances

Readings of graphic novels and comics, with images, presented by the authors Glynnis Fawkes (Charlotte Bronte Before Jane Eyre), Shary Flenniken (Trots and Bonnie), Mikki Kendall (Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists), Sophie Yanow (The Contradictions), and more. Hosted by R. Sikoryak (Constitution Illustrated).