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What to Read While You Wait for Obama’s Favorite Book

While Obama was president, he started a tradition of sharing his favorite books and music from each year and, graciously, he’s kept with this tradition for 2017. At the top of his list this year? A new “dystopian” novel with some radical, feminist themes called The Power by Naomi Alderman. The book was hovering around my to-read list for awhile, and the endorsement from this fella bumped it up several spots.

The reason I used the word dystopian in quotes above is because, when asked if the novel fit that category, Alderman’s response was, “Only if you’re a man.” Its premise asks the question: What happens if, globally, men were suddenly the ones constantly worrying about being overpowered, overlooked, and violently dominated? Read More..

Local Food Feeds The World

As we slide into the holiday season, beginning with our most thankful time of year, we naturally begin to think about food. Sitting down to generous plates and celebrating all we’re grateful for, seems like a good time to give some thought to those who keep us fed. I’m not talking about Grandma’s cornbread dressing or Aunt Louise’s maple-bourbon-pecan pie. Rather, I’m thinking about the story that your meal would share if asked what it is and where it came from. Read More..

Drawing the Line: Comics for Social Change

SUN | Apr 17 | 5 PM | Auditorium

Using examples of their recent publishing project, “Drawing the Line: Indian Women Fight Back!”, this presentation will focus on the benefits of using comic books to talk social justice – from marginalized histories to modern-day experiences of sexism, from political satire of the powerful, to the do’s and don’t's of being an ally, comics offer a unique capacity to engage, inform, and entertain.