History as a Source of Hope: Reading, Writing & Resistance

Date: 

Saturday, February 4, 2017, 4:15pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Thompson Room, Barker Center

In a "post-truth era," when values of intolerance and extremism are on the rise, what role can writing play in calling us to our better natures - and in inspiring moral engagement? Join James Carroll and Richard Parker in a conversation addressing these questions. James Carroll, a journalist, novelist, and historian, has been one of the most important voices calling the Catholic Church to account for its history of anti-Semitism; his eleven novels and eight books of nonfiction include the National Book Award-winning An American Requiem. Richard Parker, Harvard Kennedy School lecturer on religion and politics, is the founding publisher of Mother Jones, chair of the editorial board of The Nation, biographer of John Kenneth Galbraith, and author of The Myth of the Middle Class.