Published March 8, 2021

Attend these 2021 Festival events featuring works of nonfiction to sharpen your critical thinking skills and learn new information about the world around you, whether it’s music, the economy, or the environment that attracts your interest. Keep reading for a list of events featuring groundbreaking and informative works of nonfiction…

Reading Under the Influence: Music, History & Race

March 15, 7 PM-8 PM: Regina N. Bradley (Chronicling Stankonia: The Rise of Hip-Hop South), Adam Gussow (Whose Blues? Facing Up to Race and the Future of Music), and Claudrena Harold (When Sunday Comes: Gospel Music in the Soul and Hip-Hop Eras) discuss the ways that music, history, and race intersect in the creation of American identity, with a focus on blues, southern hip-hop, and late-century gospel music.

The Human Cost of One-Click Orders

March 17, 7 PM-7:45 PM: Award-winning journalists Alec MacGillis (Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America) and Amelia Pang (Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods) explore the hidden costs of our globalized, internet-driven consumer economy, discussing forced labor camp enslavement in China, as well as the ubiquity, exploitation, and corruption of Amazon.com, Inc., whose power now extends beyond the control of governments.

Environmental Injustice: Reckoning with American Waste

March 20, 7 PM-8 PM: Nonfiction writers Kerri Arsenault (Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains), Anna Clark (The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy), and Catherine Coleman Flowers (Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret) discuss their investigations into American environmental injustices, from sewage and sanitation management systems that reinforce systemic class, racial, and geographic prejudices, to Flint’s water crisis and other industrial impacts leading to contaminated waters, illness, and loss.

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