We welcome you to join us on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 7pm in person in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) or via Zoom to discuss the book “What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism” by Dan Rather. This is an open event for the residents & their guests who would like to join us. Note that masks will still be required if meeting in person in the MPR.
“At a moment of crisis over our national identity, venerated journalist Dan Rather has emerged as a voice of reason and integrity, reflecting on—and writing passionately about—what it means to be an American. Now, with this collection of original essays, he reminds us of the principles upon which the United States was founded. Looking at the freedoms that define us, from the vote to the press; the values that have transformed us, from empathy to inclusion to service; the institutions that sustain us, such as public education; and the traits that helped form our young country, such as the audacity to take on daunting challenges in science and medicine, Rather brings to bear his decades of experience on the frontlines of the world’s biggest stories. As a living witness to historical change, he offers up an intimate view of history, tracing where we have been in order to help us chart a way forward and heal our bitter divisions.
With a fundamental sense of hope, What Unites Us is the book to inspire conversation and listening, and to remind us all how we are, finally, one.” – Amazon
Sound interesting? If so, start reading and join us on Wednesday, June 16th at 7pm!
We welcome you to join us on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom to discuss the book “Bad Blood” by John Carreyrou. This is an open event for the residents & their guests who would like to join us.
“In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup ‘unicorn’ promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.
A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.” – Amazon
Sound interesting? If so, start reading and join us on Wednesday, May 19th at 7pm!
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We welcome you to join us on April 21, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom
to discuss the book “Caste” by Isabel Wilkerson. This is an open event for the
residents & their guests who would like to join us.
“In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a
masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through
an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how
America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste
system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.
Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful
caste system that influences people’s lives and behavior and the nation’s fate.
Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson
explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations,
including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. Using riveting stories
about people—including Martin Luther King, Jr., baseball’s Satchel Paige, a
single father and his toddler son, Wilkerson herself, and many others—she shows
the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day. She
documents how the Nazis studied the racial systems in America to plan their
out-cast of the Jews; she discusses why the cruel logic of caste requires that
there be a bottom rung for those in the middle to measure themselves against;
she writes about the surprising health costs of caste, in depression and life
expectancy, and the effects of this hierarchy on our culture and politics.
Finally, she points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and
destructive separations of human divisions, toward hope in our common humanity.
Beautifully written, original, and revealing, Caste: The
Origins of Our Discontents is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a
reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of American
life today.” – Amazon
Sound interesting? If so, start reading and join us on
Wednesday, April 21st at 7pm!