American Politics Reading & Discussion Series

American Politics Reading & Discussion Series

What does it mean to be an American in the 21st century? What does a model American do, and what responsibilities do Americans have to their communities and each other? How have the answers to these questions changed over the history of the United States?

NOPL North Syracuse Library is hosting a special HumanitiesNY reading and discussion program with the theme “American Politics and Community Today.”  Participants will engage with these questions and others regarding politics and the current state of civic thought, feeling, and participation.

The six-part series begins with an introductory session on Monday, September 18 at 7pm.  Reading materials will be available for pickup at this session. For more information contact the library at 315-458-6184.

Here are all the dates in the series, as well as the full reading list:

Monday, September 18 from 7-7:30pm
Monday, October 16 from 6-7:30pm
Monday, November 13 from 6-7:30pm
Monday, December 11 from 6-7:30pm
Monday, January 15 from 6-7:30pm
Monday, January 29 from 6-7:30pm


After transforming his life with a seemingly magical pill, Dwight finds himself in South America, where he just might find himself — as well as discover his place in the world and his responsibilities towards it.

The Collected Essays of Ralph EllisonThe Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison

These essays by the author of Invisible Man reflect on race, literature, music, and the experience and contradictions of living in America during the 20th century.

Talking to StrangersTalking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship Since Brown v. Board of Education

Danielle Allen looks at the current condition of civic distrust in America, tracing it back to school integration in the 1950s, and suggests practical ways that Americans can begin to overcome the issues that divide them.

Past and FutureBetween Past and Future

This collection of essays by celebrated philosopher Hannah Arendt investigates a series of concepts — authority, freedom, education, and more — and explains their significance to our political life.

Book of DanielThe Book of Daniel

Loosely based on the Rosenberg espionage case, this novel follows Daniel as he looks into his parents’ conviction and execution while participating in the 1960s student movement.