This series features recent Pulitzer-Prize winning works that consider the American legacy of racism through four genres. Created as a part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, a special grant funded by the Mellon Foundation and administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils, which seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry.
Facilitated by Suzanne Brown, retired Visiting Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College. She has led Vermont Humanities Council and New Hampshire Humanities Council book discussions for over 30 years.
Books to be included:
- September 11: Colson Whitehead, “The Underground Railroad“
- October 2: Natasha Tretheway, “Native Guard“
- October 23: Bruce Norris, “Clybourne Park”
- November 13: Gilbert King, “Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America“
PIck up your copy at the library or check Libby for eBook and audiobook availability.
Sunday September 18
William Edelglass will be speaking on The History of the Concept of Race. The first European to divide the peoples of the world into distinct races, in the seventeenth century, claimed that the Sami people of northern Scandinavia were one of four races on earth; Native Americans, Europeans, South Asians, and North Africans together were considered a second race while sub-Saharan Africans were the third, and East Asians were the fourth. How did such a bizarre distinction among groups of people develop into one of the most historically significant ideas of the modern world? Professor William Edelglass will trace the intellectual history of the concept of race in the West, from its prehistory to today.
This talk is free, open to the public, and accessible to those with disabilities. For more information, contact Peacham Library at (802) 592-3216 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program hosted by Peacham Library. Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or Vermont Humanities.