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Events at the Newton Free Library: The Family Roe: An American Story

 

Join Investigative Journalist Joshua Prager for a talk on his deeply researched book, The Family Roe: An American Story. With abortion rights poised to fall, The Family Roe, which was named a finalist for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize, offers extraordinary insight into the Supreme Court’s most divisive case and its plaintiff, Norma McCorvey.

The Family Roe is an engrossing family saga that confronts a half-century of propaganda and myth. Prager spent years with Norma; discovered her personal papers, a previously unseen trove; and witnessed her final moments. He also found the unknown Roe baby, Shelley Thornton, whose conception occasioned the lawsuit. Prager’s profile of Thornton for the Atlantic, adapted from the book, made worldwide front-page news. Hailed by critics on both sides of the debate, Prager’s astonishing book helps us to look with honest eyes at the five decades of struggle that brought us to where we are today.

Joshua Prager has written for the Atlantic, Vanity Fair, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard, he is the author of The Echoing Green, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year.
We are delighted to welcome Tiziana Dearing, host of Radio Boston, as our moderator.

This program is cosponsored by: Belmont Public Library, Bigelow Free Public Library in Clinton. Brockton Public Library, Brulington Public Library, Canton Public Library, Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, Chelmsford Public Library, Dedham Public Library, Gleason Library in Carlisle, Groton Public Library, Haverhill Public Library, Lawrence Library in Pepperell, Memorial Hall Library in Andover, Maynard Public Library, Nashua Public Library, Needham Free Public Library, Nevins Library in Methuen, Newburyport Public Library, Peabody Institute Library in Danvers, Pollard Memorial Library in Lowell, Reading Public Library, Robbins Library in Arlington, Somerville Public Library, Tewksbury Public Library, Watertown Free Public Library and the Wilmington Memorial Library.

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The Refugee Experience: Stories from Our Neighbors

 

People facing humanitarian catastrophes in their native countries have sought refuge in the United States throughout history. Join us for a panel discussion with neighbors whose families were forced to leave Austria, Cambodia and Haiti. These individuals spoke about their countries of origin, their families’ exodus and their adjustment to the U.S. This program is cosponsored by Historic Newton.

The panelists will be:

  • John Chrang
  • Danielle Georges
  • Hanni Myers
  • Clara Silverstein of Historic Newton will moderate

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ENFL Presents: A Conversation with Robert Reich

The Asian American community has long struggled for visibility and equity, and this community has faced additional physical and mental health harms that arose from the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past year, we have seen a sharp increase in anti-Asian hate crimes and hate incidents. The session will deepen our understanding of the Asian American experience through an interactive dialogue with Professor Lisong Liu and Artist Wen-ti Tsen.

Lisong Liu is professor of history at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and an associate in research at the Harvard Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. He teaches Asian American history, East Asian history, world history and U.S.-China relations. His current research is about Chinese American history in the Greater Boston Area. He has been active in the local community, and he is also passionate about developing exchange programs for American students to travel and study in China.

Wen-ti Tsen is a painter and public artist. Born in China, he lived in Paris and London before coming to the U.S. to study at Boston Museum School. Since the mid-1970s, he has been engaged in making art that explores cultural connections in the forms of personal paintings, public site sculptures and community art projects.

This program is cosponsored by the Newton Human Rights Commission, CAAN (Chinese American Association of Newton) and NESN (Newton Education Support Network).

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ENFL Presents: A Conversation with Robert Reich

Millions of Americans have lost confidence in our political and economic system. With the characteristic clarity and passion that has made him a central civil voice, Robert B. Reich shows how wealth and power have interacted to install an elite oligarchy, eviscerate the middle class and undermine democracy. Join us for an engaging conversation with Mr. Reich on his latest book, The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It.

Tiziana Dearing of Radio Boston, heard in Boston on WBUR, will moderate.

Robert B. Reich is chancellor's professor of public policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations and has written fifteen books, including The Work of Nations, which has been translated into twenty-two languages, and the bestsellers The Common Good, Saving Capitalism, Supercapitalism and Locked in the Cabinet.

Presented in partnership with libraries across Massachsetts and in New Hampshire.

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Events at the Newton Free Library: Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law

This program is part of Overdue: Confronting Race and Racism in Newton, a city-wide read and series of events and conversations on race and racism.

In, The Color of Law, A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, national best selling author Richard Rothstein argues with exacting precision and fascinating insight how segregation in America is the byproduct of explicit government policies at the local, state and federal levels. Join us for a virtual plenary session with Mr. Rothstein.

Following the plenary, a community member will speak about how the building of the Mass Pike devistated Newton's historic African-American neighborhood that was known as "The Village." A representative of the Planning Department will then give an overview of Newton's zoning. Attendees will come away with a deeper understanding of the systemic issues that contribute current housing inequities, particularly as Newton engages in a comprehensive review of its zoning codes.

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Events at the Newton Free Library: Raising Anti-Racist Kids

This program is part of Overdue: Confronting Race and Racism in Newton, a city-wide read and series of events and conversations on race and racism.

Cosponsored by the FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice), Harmony Foundation and Newton Human Rights Commission. This program's panelists are:

David A. Fleishman, Superintendent of Schools will moderate
Ellie Axe, Director, Story Starters
Michele Leong, Newton North High School Office of Human Rights
Kathy Lopes, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Newton Public Schools
Henry Turner, Principal, Newton North High School

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Events at the Newton Free Library - My Two Cities 

Journey back to pre-WWII Europe as long-time Newton resident, Hanni Myers, tells the poignant tale of her escape from Austria in 1938 through the lens of author Robin Stein’s new book, My Two Cities. The book speaks of loss and hope, change and optimism, and of a family history which will inspire us all, particularly young people who come to this country today with diverse backgrounds and their own immigration stories.

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Events at the Newton Free Library - After Suffrage: A 20/20 Perspective on Women’s Rights

How were women’s rights impacted once they gained access to the ballot in 1920?
Explore how women have fared politically and legally over the past century. Consider how women activists have built alliances and shaped laws in an effort to combat stereotypes. Review some of the key developments over the past century. Discuss the historical connections between women who opposed suffrage and those who oppose women’s rights today.

Barbara Berenson is the author of, among other books, Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers (2018). This program is cosponsored by Historic Newton, Newton Human Rights Commission and the League of Women Voters/Newton.

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