EventsMary Ann Key Book Club – A Community Discussion of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

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Mary Ann Key Book Club – A Community Discussion of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


The Mary Ann Key Book Club uses reading as a catalyst for conversation as we attempt to better understand past and current injustices – including systemic racism, other forms of discrimination, and bias that affects marginalized communities.

Join columnist Myron Medcalf in a conversation with community leaders Mahmoud El-Kati, Shannon Gibney, Lissa Jones-Lofgren, Ramona Kitto Stately, Terri Thao and Dr. Artika R. Tyner. Panelists will discuss "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents" by Isabel Wilkerson and how individuals and society can dismantle racism and make real change for a better future. This live event will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing on Hennepin County Library's YouTube page. Collaborator: Star Tribune. Sponsor: Friends of the Hennepin County Library.

Note: Although we invite you to read "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents" before this event, it is not required. Please note that panelists will be discussing all aspects of the book.

Myron Medcalf is a senior college basketball reporter and nationally syndicated radio host with ESPN. He also writes a semi-monthly column for the Star Tribune. 

Mahmoud El-Kati is a lecturer, author and commentator on the African American experience. El-Kati is Professor Emeritus of History at Macalester College in St. Paul.

Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, activist and the author of "See No Color" and "Dream Country," young adult novels that won Minnesota Book Awards in 2016 and 2019, respectively. Gibney is faculty in English at Minneapolis College where she teaches writing.

Lissa Jones-Lofgren is the radio host of “Urban Agenda” on KMOJ-FM and podcast host of “Black Market Reads."

Ramona Kitto Stately is an enrolled member of the Santee Sioux Dakota Nation. After 15 years teaching Indian Education in Minnesota, she is now Project Director for We Are Still Here Minnesota, creating action for narrative change. 

Terri Thao is a Program Director at Nexus Community Partners and is responsible for the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) which trains and places participants on publicly appointed boards or commissions, with the goal to advance equity in the Twin Cities region.

Dr. Artika R. Tyner is an educator, lawyer, author, speaker and advocate for justice. She is committed to training students to serve as social justice engineers who create new inroads to justice and freedom. 

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