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Saturday, October 13 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
In the Public Interest?

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Sometimes it is difficult to believe that people in positions of power are looking out for the public interest. In her amazing history of the opioid crisis, Dopesick, author Beth Macy traces the history of the epidemic, from the early days when Purdue Pharma put OxyContin on the market with dubious claims about its less addictive properties, to the present, when sympathy for those addicted to opioids may be plentiful but little funding for treatment is forthcoming, despite the predominance of the afflicted living in Trump country. Eve Ewing, in Ghosts in the Schoolyard, a “chilling must- read investigation of racism in Chicago’s education system” according to Foreword Reviews, asks what role race, power, and history played in the closing of 54 public schools in Chicago in 2013. The book offers a critique of the housing, education, and legal systems that contribute to the problem. This discussion of communities in distress will be led by Meghan Irons, reporter and City Hall Bureau Chief for the Boston Globe.

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Meghan Irons

Meghan Irons is a veteran journalist at the Boston Globe, covering a range of topics that touch on how culture, politics, and social issues intersect with everyday life. She was a member of the award-winning project 68 Blocks, has explored the diverse communities in Boston, and currently... Read More →

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Eve Ewing

Eve Ewing is a Chicago-bred writer, artist, and scholar who has made her career about fighting social and racial injustice, particularly in the sphere of public education. Her first book, Electric Arches, is a collage of visual art, poetry, and prose that ruminates on the experience... Read More →
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Beth Macy

Beth Macy is a journalist, frequent lecturer/speaker, and a Midwesterner who lives in Virginia. In 2010 she was awarded a Nieman Fellowship for Journalism by Harvard University. She is the author of the bestsellers Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping and a Mother’s Quest: A True... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
BPL Commonwealth Salon Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116, USA