The Birth of Rationality (MCPL) – VIRTUAL

Join us as Pierre Larroque details the path which intellectual giants. Pythagoras, Plato, Euclid, Archimedes, Apollonius cleared for the birth of mathematics, rational thinking and democracy. Join us for “The Birth of Rationality and the Roots of Our Civilization” with Pierre Larroque. Stressed out by the craziness of our world? […]

Election 2020: Digital Democracy, Disinformation, and Black Voters (Brookings Institute) – VIRTUAL

The 2020 election is awash with misinformation, disinformation, and social media manipulation. It is crucial to counter these efforts to ensure a fair contest and public confidence in the election results. This challenge is particularly urgent for Black Americans, who U.S. intelligence officials confirm were targeted by disinformation campaigns in […]

Voting – Democracy in Action (MCPL) – VIRTUAL or PHONE

Richard Bell is a professor of history at the University of Maryland. He is the author of Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home, which is a finalist for the 2020 Harriet Tubman Book Prize. He serves as a Trustee of the Maryland Historical Society and as […]

Inquiry Into Political Philosophy (New York Public Library) – VIRTUAL

The United States Presidential Election 2020:  an excellent opportunity to discuss the genesis of governmental politics throughout history.  Over the course of three Sundays in October Moderator Dean Chavooshian will introduce several philosophical thinkers who have shaped modern political thought. Register and you will receive a link for the course.  Attend one […]

Fighting for the Franchise: A Century of Struggle for Voting Rights (New York Public Library) – VIRTUAL

About this Event Who can vote? Who decides? The ability to vote for elected representatives is supposed to be a hallmark of a democracy. But for most of U.S. history, most people here could not vote. In the face of voter suppression and disfranchisement, black people have waged a protracted […]

Ghosting the News: Local Journalism and the Crisis of American Democracy (Politics & Prose) – VIRTUAL

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. Ghosting the News tells the most troubling media story of our time: How democracy suffers when local news dies. From 2004 to 2015, 1,800 print newspaper outlets closed in the US. The absence of accountability journalism has created […]

Union: A Democrat, a Republican, and a Search for Common Ground (Politics & Prose) – VIRTUAL

This event will be streamed online as part of our P&P Live! Series. A Democrat and a Republican travel across America on a deeply personal journey through the heart of a divided nation to find growth, hope, and fundamental strength in their own lives and the country they love, in […]