• Wed, September 13, 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • William Reif Gallery

    Wednesday, September 13

    Circling the Sun 
    by Paula McLain

    The story of Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denis Finch-Hatton and Karen Blixen, who as Isak Dinesen wrote the classic memoir Out of Africa. Raised in Kenya, Beryl’s unconventional upbringing transforms her into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature’s delicate balance. She forges her own path as a horse trainer and eventually as an aviator. Set against the majestic landscape of early-twentieth-century Africa, the book reveals the extraordinary adventures of a woman before her time, the exhilaration of freedom and its cost, and the tenacity of the human spirit.

    • Wed, October 11, 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • William Reif Gallery

    Wednesday, October 11

    Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
    by Arul Gawande

    Medicine has triumphed in many areas, but in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, consign patients to railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering. Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation, arguing that the quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. He offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person’s last weeks or months may be rich and dignified. Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end.

    • Tue, October 24, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • William Reif Gallery

    Tuesday, October 24

    Book Discussion:
    Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

    Facilitated by Enid Michalowski & Faye Marcus

    This book looks at how our society views racism in both obvious and subtle ways. Come with an open mind and be prepared for an honest discussion of your own personal experiences with racism and how those experiences have influenced your views.

    Register by: 10/23

    • Wed, November 08, 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • William Reif Gallery

    Wednesday, November 8

    The Sympathizer
    by Viet Thanh Nguyen

    The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Sympathizer is a blistering exploration of identity, politics, and America, wrought in electric prose. The narrator, a Vietnamese army captain, is a man of divided loyalties, a half-French, half-Vietnamese communist sleeper agent in America after the end of the Vietnam War. A powerful story of love and friendship, and a gripping espionage novel, it examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today.

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