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    • Wed, May 09, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • William Reif Gallery
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    Wednesday, May 9
    9:30-11:00am

    Between the World and Me  

    by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Insightful, direct and written as a series of letters to his teenaged son, Ta-Nehisi Coates takes us through the course of his life, from the tough neighborhoods of Baltimore in his youth, to Howard University. Coates describes his observations and the evolution of his thinking on race, from Malcolm X to his conclusion that race itself is a fabrication, elemental to the concept of American (white) privilege. Ferguson, Trayvon Martin, and South Carolina are not bumps on the road of progress and harmony, but the results of a systemized, ubiquitous threat to “black bodies” in the form of slavery, police brutality, and mass incarceration. Through personal and historical events, Coates poignantly asks and attempts to answer difficult questions that plague modern society.

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    • Wed, June 13, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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    Wednesday, June 13
    9:30-11:00am

    America's First Daughter 
    by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

    From her earliest days, Patsy Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson's oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother's death, traveling with him when he becomes American minister to France. As scandal, tragedy, and poverty threaten her family, Patsy must decide how much she will sacrifice to protect her father's reputation, in the process defining not just his political legacy, but that of the nation he founded.

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    • Wed, July 11, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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    Wednesday, July 11
    9:30-11:00am

    The Girl Who Wrote in Silk 
    by Kelli Estes

    Inspired by true events, Kelli Estes's brilliant and atmospheric debut serves as a poignant tale of two women determined to do the right thing. Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara's life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core ― and force her to make an impossible choice.

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    • Wed, August 08, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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    Wednesday, August 8
    9:30-11:00am

    Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
    by David Grann

    In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to die under mysterious circumstances. David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. 

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