The IAF Book Discussion Group is an ongoing effort to provide interesting intellectual conversations for members of IAF on texts and topics relevant to the Secular perspective.
For this session J will lead our first discussion of “AMERICAN NATIONS: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America” by Colin Woodard.
The reading assignment for this session will cover the Introduction and Part 1 (chapters 1 through 9). Be prepared, if possible, to present things from the reading assignment that stood out for you so that we can gain a good cross-section of individual perspectives where the reading is concerned.
The conference room that has been reserved at Kirkendall Public Library has a maximum capacity of 20 so RSVP early to get a seat. Social time will be available from 6:30 to 7 PM if you want to come and just chat before the discussion begins. We’ll see you there. 🙂
Owing to circumstances beyond our control, this session of the Book Discussion Group is meeting on a Tuesday. We will resume meeting on the first Thursday of the month beginning in April.
You can read a brief about the book on Colin’s Website by following this Link.
If you prefer, though, here is a brief synopsis of the title from the same site –
“If you want to better understand U.S. politics, history, and culture, AMERICAN NATIONS: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America by Colin Woodard is to be required reading. In AMERICAN NATIONS, Woodard leads us through the history of our fractured continent, and the rivalries and alliances between its component nations. He explains why “American values” vary sharply from one region to another—how an idea like “freedom” as understood by an East Texan or Idahoan can be the polar opposite of what it means to a New Englander or San Franciscan. Woodard reveals how intra-national differences have played a pivotal role at every point in the continent’s history, right up into the 2012 election cycle. AMERICAN NATIONS is a revolutionary and revelatory take on America’s myriad identities, and how the conflicts between them have shaped our past and mold our future.”
The Central Iowa Coalition of Reason and Eastern Iowa Coalition of Reason will be leading a demonstration at the final Republican Debate prior to the caucuses, demanding a separation of religion from government on Thursday, January 28th from 5—8p.m. The event will gather on the west side of the Iowa Events Center, on 5th Avenue between Crocker Street and Center Street in Des Moines, IA. We will have two types of #AtheistVoter signs to be used to keep the message clear and concise, as this is a demonstration to promote free speech and to raise the visibility of the voice of non-theistic voters and the issues that they care about. If you bring your own signs, keep the message on topic of separation of church & state. #AtheistVoter pins will also be made available for attendees. (In the event of an undercard debate, there will also be a few of us present earlier as well.)
From the Cafe Sci Email –
Presenter:Glennda Bivens, Community and Economic Development Field Specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Race and racism infiltrate myriad elements of everyday life, as humans are taught to categorize differences while ignoring power dynamics in everyday encounters. Race and racism are so deeply embedded in American culture that it can be difficult for many people to name and identify racist behaviors. Seemingly minute, some routine actions perpetuate the endemic of racism – and we may not even be aware of it.
Join us as we explore how racism materializes in everyday encounters through microaggressions, micro assaults and commonly used language.
About the presenter – http://yamcwff.weebly.com/uploads/9/1/8/8/9188145/1399066383.pngGlennda is a community and economic development specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Ph.D. candidate in the School of Education. Glennda has expertise in helping individuals and organizations identify oppressive behaviors, policies and practices and correcting them to make more equitable environments.