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(Th) March 12 | 7 p.m. | Main Library
Every spring, billions of birds sweep north, driven by instinct to return to their breeding grounds. This vast parade often goes unnoticed—except in a few places where these small travelers concentrate in big numbers. One such place is along the Lake Erie shoreline just east of Toledo, Ohio. There, the peak of spring migration is so spectacular that it attracts bird watchers from around the globe, culminating in one of the biggest bird festivals anywhere. In this program based on A Season of the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration,Ohio naturalist and author Kenn Kaufman will describe the science and magic of spring bird migration throughout this region.
Kaufman spent several years as a professional tour leader, taking birding groups to all seven continents. Today, he is a writer, editor and illustrator. He has written a dozen books, including his own field guide series, Kaufman Field Guides and is field editor for Audubon magazine. Kaufman is the only individual to receive the American Birding Association's Lifetime Achievement Award twice.Free: RSVP requested
(M) March 23 | 7 p.m. | Main Library
Linda Sarsour is an award-winning civil rights activist and community organizer. She is the former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York, the co-founder of the first Muslim online organizing platform MPower Change, a founding member of Justice League NYC and co-organizer of the Women’s March. Named among 500 of the most influential Muslims in the world, she was also cited as one of Fortune’s 50 Greatest Leaders and featured as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2017. She has won numerous awards for her activism, including a Champion of Change award from the Obama Administration. She is a frequent media commentator on issues that affect Muslim communities, Middle East affairs, and criminal justice reform. She is most recognized for her transformative intersectional organizing work and movement building.
In Sarsour's new memoir We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders (released March 3, 2020), she shares how growing up Palestinian Muslim American, feminist and empowered, moved her to become a globally recognized activist on behalf of marginalized communities across the country.
This program is presented in partnership with the Steinem Sisters Collection.
Dr. Neal Barnard
(M) March 30 | 7 p.m. | Main Library
Nutrition researcher and New York Times best-selling author Neal Barnard, MD, demonstrates how foods affect our hormones—and our health—in his new book, Your Body in Balance. Dr. Barnard shares the science behind how common conditions—like infertility, weight gain, menopausal symptoms, breast and prostate cancers, thyroid problems and acne—are fueled by hormones that are hidden in or influenced by the foods we eat.
Dr. Barnard is president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a faculty member of the George Washington University School of Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. In 2016, he founded Barnard Medical Center in Washington, D.C., to create a new model that integrates nutrition into conventional medical care. His federally funded diabetes research revolutionized the nutritional approaches to type 2 diabetes, and he now aims to empower readers with life-changing information on hormones and health. He has written 19 books on nutrition and health.Free: RSVP Requested
(Tu) April 28 | 7 p.m. | Bowsher High School
In 2001, as Madeleine Albright was leaving office as America’s first female secretary of state, interviewers asked her how she wished to be remembered. “I don’t want to be remembered,” she answered. “I am still here and have much more I intend to do. As difficult as it might seem, I want every stage of my life to be more exciting than the last.”
For nearly twenty years, Albright has been in constant motion, navigating half a dozen professions, clashing with presidents and prime ministers and learning every day. Since leaving the State Department, she has blazed her own trail—and given voice to millions who yearn for respect, regardless of gender, background or age.
Hell and Other Destinations (released April 14, 2020) reveals this remarkable figure at her bluntest, funniest, most intimate and most serious. It is the tale of our times anchored in lessons for all time, narrated by an extraordinary woman with a matchless zest for life.Tickets $25 (includes book)
Explore more than 20 years of bringing noted authors to the local area. Authors! has featured some of the world's most prolific writers, journalists and activists including Gloria Steinem, David McCullough, Anna Quindlen, Isabel Allende, Neil Gaiman, Sebastian Junger, Nicholas Sparks, Bob Woodward, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Ray Bradbury, John Updike, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., P.J. O'Rourke, Sherman Alexie, Zadie Smith, Henry Winkler, Sue Grafton, Cokie Roberts, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sandra Cisneros, Jacques Pepin and many more!