Join us for Let’s Talk About It 2022
The American Voices theme explores how America has always been diverse, and its diversity has been a source of richness as well as a source of friction and conflict in our history. We see many signs of fragmentation: debate over school curricula, disputes over immigration, ethnic rivalries, and the increasing use of violence to resolve conflicts. We also recognize the need to examine what unites us as a country. In a nation comprised of many divergent groups and beliefs, where can we find common ground in a shared vision of what it means to be an American?
Wednesdays, January 12, February 9, March 9 at 6:30 PM on Zoom.
This year the discussion series will be held virtually. Registration is required. Stop by either library to sign up and receive a book and theme materials. Books are also available at Alta Branch Library. Please remember to include your email address to receive the Zoom link. If you need assistance with Zoom or if you need access to a computer and the internet, please call the library. We’re here to help. Driggs Library 208-354-5522, Victor Library 208-787-2201.
Wednesday, January 12: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise.
Wednesday, February 9: Mi Abuela Fumaba Puros/My Grandmother Smoked Cigars by Sabine R. Ulibarri
Ulibarri establishes a careful balance between childhood memories and an adult perspective while carefully analyzing the proud, independent, and sturdy atmosphere of rural New Mexico. Classic, legendary heroes of the Hispanic past reappear in these pages and, in the words of the author, “…sweetened and enriched my life then and, now, I remember it tenderly”
Wednesday, March 9: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
This classic novel tells the story of Janie Crawford`s search for freedom and fulfillment through her participation in black culture. Out of print for nearly 30 years—due largely to initial audiences’ rejection of its strong black female protagonist—Hurston’s classic has since it’s 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.
Let’s Talk About It brings together humanities scholars and adult readers in public libraries to read and discuss fine literature which explores topics such as American values, history, and culture. Program participants expand their reading interests, meet new people, and explore important cultural issues in the context of their own lives and the lives of others. Program speakers are educators or experts in various humanities fields. These scholars enjoy meeting avid readers in Idaho’s communities while gaining new perspectives on literature that helps them enrich their teaching and research.
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