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  • Eyes Wide Open: Books Abroad Reads The Awakening by Kate Chopin

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    Join us on Sunday, June 30 at 1:30 p.m. CET ( 7:30 a.m. EDT)

    The Books Abroad team warmly invites you to join our rescheduled discussion on Kate Chopin's The Awakening on Sunday, June 30. We apologize for the mishap with the RSVP link to our previous meeting and assure you that you will receive the link to join the meeting when you RSVP for the new date. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding and look forward to discussing this landmark piece of literature with all of you.

    First published in 1899, this novel presents the intellectual, artistic, and sexual awakening of Edna Pontellier, an affluent, married white woman with two children. After years of succumbing to the limited social expectations for women, Edna expresses a profound dissatisfaction with her life and begins to defy those boundaries. Sixty years after The Awakening was published, Betty Friedan famously called the feeling Edna describes as "the problem that has no name." Despite the turn-of-the-century setting in the Louisiana coast, it doesn’t take much imagination to see the unfortunate and stark resemblances between Edna’s cultural context and that of the feminist awakenings in the 1960s and our current cultural moment. As Barbara Kingsolver writes in her review in The Guardian, “I wish I could declare The Awakening a period piece, but Chopin's social analysis still hits its mark.” Chopin’s novel asks the uncomfortable question: How does a capacious, sapient human reconcile her existence with a world that pervasively tells her, you are less. We’re still asking this question.

    Please join our international feminist reading group on Sunday, June 30 at 7:30 a.m. EDT (1:30 p.m. CET) for a discussion about this groundbreaking piece of literary fiction.

    Please note: This global WebEx is scheduled on Washington DC time. Make sure to check your own time zone.  

    Books Abroad brings readers across the globe together to discuss works of feminist literature and their relevance to current events in the United States. We meet via WebEx roughly once every three months. So far, this group has read Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Rebecca Solnit’s The Mother of All Questions, and Roxane Gay’s Not That Bad. We look forward to our upcoming discussion and welcome suggestions for future readings.

    WHEN
    June 30, 2019 at 7:30am
    WHERE
    Online WebEx
    First St SE
    Washington , DC 20004
    United States
    Google map and directions
    6 rsvps rsvp

  • rsvped for CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY BY THE SEINE 2019-06-16 09:44:51 -0400

    CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY BY THE SEINE

    INDEPENDENCE DAY BY THE SEINE
    Come celebrate the founding of our Republic (even as we fight to save it!) with your fellow Democrats and #Resisters. Potluck picnic on the right bank of the Seine – drinks and charcuterie will be available for purchase at Les Nautes, please BYO everything else. Saturday, July 6th from 4 pm @ Les Nautes.
    #ViveLaResistance #AmericanIndependenceDay
    Open to all.

    WHEN
    July 06, 2019 at 4pm
    WHERE
    Les Nautes
    1 Quai des Célestins
    (Right bank of the Seine, in between Pont Marie and Pont Sully)
    Paris 75004
    France
    Google map and directions
    15 rsvps rsvp

  • DEMOCRATIC DEBATE WATCH IN PARIS AT JOE ALLEN in Les Halles: Night 2

    Come watch a video playback of the the first Democratic candidate debate at Joe Allen surrounded by your Democratic friends in Paris.  

    Cheer on your favorite candidates.  The debates will take place on two nights so be sure to rsvp for one or both.

     

    WHEN
    June 28, 2019 at 7pm
    WHERE
    Joe Allen
    30 reu Pierre Lescot
    Paris 75001
    France
    Google map and directions
    26 rsvps rsvp

  • FIRST DEMOCRATIC DEBATE WATCH IN PARIS AT JOE ALLEN in Les Halles: Night 1


    Come watch a video playback of the the first Democratic candidate debate at Joe Allen surrounded by your Democratic friends in Paris.  

    Cheer on your favorite candidates.  The debates will take place on two nights so be sure to rsvp for one or both.

    WHEN
    June 27, 2019 at 7pm
    WHERE
    Joe Allen
    30 rue Pierre Lescot
    Paris 75001
    France
    Google map and directions
    40 rsvps rsvp

  • NANCY MACLEAN AND MARGARET SOMERS - new books about the rise of the right and market fundamentalism

    Democrats Abroad France - Paris partners with The Red Wheelbarrow to invite you to a discussion with Nancy MacLean and Margaret Somers.  Both have recently published best-selling books on the state of US politics today, and who have rocked the media world with their analyses.

    Nancy MacLean’s book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America (Viking Press 2017) won the Lillian Smith Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The Nation’s Most Valuable Book Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award.” MacLean is the award-winning author of Behind the Mask of Chivalry. The William Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University, she regularly appears on radio and TV, including NPR, CSPAN, and the Bill Maher show.

    “[A] remarkably important book…this book is a superb contribution to our understanding of the rise of libertarian notions and right-wing political power in the US. If you wonder how the Supreme Court came to define speech as money or corporations as people, this volume will help you to figure it out…The melting ice caps, if nothing else, stand as testament to the folly of listening mainly to the rich and powerful.”Bill McKibben, The Times Literary Supplement

    Margaret Somers’ book The Power of Market Fundamentalism: Karl Polanyi’s Critique (Harvard 2016) has also been stirring up something of a storm, as Polanyi is increasingly recognized as the 20th century’s most important analyst of the perils of market society. The book asks what is it about free-market ideas that give them tenacious staying power in the face of such manifest failures as persistent unemployment, widening inequality, and the severe financial crises that have stressed Western economies over the past forty years? 

    “In seeking to understand the dynamics of our own time, we can do no better than to revisit Polanyi…As more of us are having second thoughts about the second coming of the primal market, it is as if Polanyi is somewhere in the ether. Rereading Polanyi at a time when events vindicate his vision, one has to be struck with the eerie contemporary ring. Polanyi is startlingly 21st-century in addressing how the private rule of global finance puts public policy in a straitjacket.”Robert Kuttner, American Prospect

    Somers, Professor of Sociology and History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, has impacted the world of economics with her theories of social capital. Already in 2008 she wrote: “Social capital is bad for reducing poverty or elevating cultures; and it is bad for sociology – as a discipline and as a social project. Above all, it is very bad for democratic citizenship.” 

    If you want to learn the latest on new political thinking, these authors will surely give you that insight, in addition to a stimulating and challenging discussion of the new “socialists” elected to the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm!

    WHEN
    July 03, 2019 at 7pm
    WHERE
    The Red Wheelbarrow
    9 rue Medicis
    Paris 75006
    France
    Google map and directions
    45 rsvps sold out

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