LWVLA Calendar (obs)
Tuesday January 18th 10AM
The book club will be reading Chasing the Scream: The Opposite of Addiction is Connection by Johann Hari. One of Johann Hari’s earliest memories is of trying to wake up one of his relatives and not being able to. As he grew older, he realized he had addiction in his family. Confused, not knowing what to do, he set out and traveled over 30,000 miles over three years to discover what really causes addiction--and what really solves it. He uncovered a range of remarkable human stories--of how the war on drugs began with Billie Holiday, the great jazz singer, being stalked and killed by a racist policeman; of the scientist who discovered the surprising key to addiction; and of the countries that ended their own war on drugs--with extraordinary results. Contact Donna Mullins for more information.
Sunday February 6th 2PM - Local Partner Event
The Greater Lansing Chapter of the United Nations Association (UNA) is offering a presentation on the work being done around the world by the United Nations and Sustainable Development Goals. The local UNA is a partner of the Lansing LWV. This is a hybrid (in person/with masks and zoom) event that will offer a “bird’s eye view” of UN and SDG work that is going on around the world, including in Gaza City, Korea, Nepal, Serbia, Slovakia, Yemen, and more. This will be a series of short presentations, followed by Q and A and an opportunity to personally meet all of this year’s Fellows. Learn more about this event.
Tuesday February 8th 10AM
The book club will be reading Jesus and John Wayne by Kristin Kobes DuMez Jesus and John Wayne is a sweeping, revisionist history of the last seventy-five years of white evangelicalism, revealing how evangelicals have worked to replace the Jesus of the Gospels with an idol of rugged masculinity and Christian nationalism—or in the words of one modern chaplain, with “a spiritual badass.” Contact Donna Mullins for more information.
February 13-19, 2022
Book Days at Schuler's is scheduled for February 13-19, 2022 (Feb. 14 is the 102nd birthday of the LWV). Twenty percent of all purchases at the Okemos store will go to our local League. More information will be provided later.
Tuesday March 8th 10AM-11:30AM
The book club will be reading Ida B. the Queen by Michelle Duster. Journalist. Suffragist. Antilynching crusader. In 1862, Ida B. Wells was born enslaved in Holly Springs, Mississippi. In 2020, she won a Pulitzer Prize. Ida B. Wells committed herself to the needs of those who did not have power. In the eyes of the FBI, this made her a “dangerous negro agitator.” In the annals of history, it makes her an icon. Contact Donna Mullins for more information.
Tuesday April 12th 10AM-11:30AM
The book club will be reading An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States: Revisioning American History by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Today in the United States, there are more than 500 federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the 15 million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program of the US settler-colonial regimen has largely been omitted from history. Dunbar-Ortiz adroitly challenges the founding myth of the United States and shows how policy against the Indigenous peoples was colonialist and designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants, displacing or eliminating them. And as Dunbar-Ortiz reveals, this policy was praised in popular culture, through writers like James Fenimore Cooper and Walt Whitman, and in the highest offices of government and the military. Spanning more than 400 years, this classic bottom-up peoples' history radically reframes US history and explodes the silences that have haunted our national narrative. Contact Donna Mullins for more information.
Tuesday May 10th 10AM-11:30AM
The book club will be reading Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid: The Fraught and Fascinating Biology of Climate Change by Thor Hanson. How climate change is driving evolution. Plants and animals adjust, evolve, sometimes die out. A story of hope, resilience and risk. Contact Donna Mullins for more information.
Tuesday June 14th 10AM-11:30AM
The book club will be reading Halfway Home, Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration by Reuben Jonathan Miller A Chicago Cook County Jail chaplain and mass-incarceration sociologist examines the lifelong realities of a criminal record, demonstrating how America's justice system is less about rehabilitation and more about structured disenfranchisement. Contact Donna Mullins for more information.
Tuesday July 12th 10AM-11:30AM
The book club will be reading Having and Being Had by Eula Biss. Having just purchased her first home, the author embarks on a self-audit of the value system she has bought into. The essays in this volume offer an interrogation of work, leisure, and the lived experience of capitalism. Contact Donna Mullins for more information.
Tuesday August 9th 10AM-11:30AM
The book club will be reading The Book of Gutsy Women by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, et al.
Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, share the stories of the gutsy women who have inspired them—women with the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done. Contact Donna Mullins for more information.
Tuesday September 13th 10AM-11:30AM
The book club will be reading The Black Church:This is Our Story, This Is Our Song by Henry Louis Gates. A powerful new history of the Black church in America as the Black community's abiding rock and its fortress. Includes Islam. Contact Donna Mullins for more information.