RADICAL HOPE: LETTERS OF LOVE AND DISSENT IN DANGEROUS TIMES
Thursday May 25: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Donald Trump's election has left many in a state of grief, outrage, and fear of the future. As we enter an unprecedented period in U.S. history, many communities—immigrants, Muslims, people of color, gay and transgender people, and women, to name a few—are bracing themselves for a four-year period of bitterly divisive rhetoric and increased vulnerability. This climate goes against the values of many millions of Americans, from all walks of life.
This collection of letters addresses the tumult and danger of these times, through a range of leading contemporary voices. The thirty-one original letters and essays written for this anthology are woven into a passionate narrative, and divided into three sections: “Roots” explores the histories that bring us to this moment, with many letters addressed to ancestors; “Branches” addresses present-day people or communities—a stranger in the supermarket, Baby Boomers, Millennials, white people, artists, the protestors at Standing Rock—and delves into complex questions of our current era; and, finally, “Seeds” looks to the future by speaking to new generations, to sons and daughters, to godchildren, or to imagined children yet to be born, all of them inheritors of what happens now. The anthology offers readers an antidote to despair: it is a salve, a balm, a compass, a rallying cry, a lyrical manifesto, a power source, a torch to light the way forward. It is both provocative and inspiring, and offers a kaleidoscopic view of the love and courage needed to navigate this time of upheaval, uncertainty, and fear.
List of panelists to come.