Start: 6:30 pm
Our Global Issues & Ethics Book Group is devoted to discussing books that cover the most relevant topics of our everyday lives. With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful by Glenn Greenwald is our book selection for March. The founding principle of the United States was that the rule of law would be the great equalizer in American life, the guarantor of a common set of rules for all. But over the past four decades, this principle has been eviscerated. From Watergate to the fraud that caused the 2008 financial crisis and culminating with Obama's failure to prosecute Bush-era crimes, Glenn Greenwald lays bare the mechanisms that protect America's elite from accountability, while the politically powerless are imprisoned with greater ease and in greater numbers than in any other country in the world. With Liberty and Justice for Some exposes a new and profoundly un-American justice system that incentivizes elite criminality, protects an oligarchical political culture, and sanctions immunity at the top and unyielding mercilessness for everyone else. Bill Moyers calls Greenwald, "The most important voice to have entered the political discourse in years."
Start: 7:00 pm
The author of a well-received and uncommon debut novel, The Testing of Luther Albright, back in 2005, MacKenzie Bezos (a onetime writing student of Toni Morrison's) returns with Traps (Knopf), an intriguing novel of four women whose lives intersect fatefully. "The four incredible women at the heart of Traps will linger in my psyche for a long time. Bezos's gift is to take what seem to be disparate lives, separate worlds, and weave them into a single tapestrya remarkable kind of alchemy. The real life lesson here is one of interconnectness, of strength and courage emerging not despite, but because of adversity. Traps is a page-turner, a satisfying read. I didn't want it to end." - Abraham Verghese.