Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and Friends of Greenwich Library are proud to offer Conversations About Race with Ijeoma Oluo, author of The New York Times bestselling book So You Want to Talk About Race, on July 20, 7:00 – 8:00 pm. (Click here to register for the event). Oluo will be joined by journalist and author Joanne Lipman.
Greenwich Library hopes that Oluo’s talk will help encourage ongoing discussions about race and fulfill a growing desire to understand systemic racism, explore issues related to racial injustice, as well as give participants tools to be better allies and take action.
The event will take place live on Vimeo with unlimited attendance. Participants should register through the Library’s online calendar to receive an email beforehand with the attendee link and password.
The library encourages everyone to check out the book beforehand—the audiobook is available with no wait time through the Library’s Digital Library.
Oluo is a Seattle-based speaker and writer. In her 2018 book, So You Want to Talk About Race, she guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to model minorities myths in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism.
A review in Salon called the book “generous and empathetic, yet usefully blunt . . . it’s for anyone who wants to be smarter and more empathetic about matters of race and engage in more productive anti-racist action.”
Oluo’s work on social issues, such as race and gender, has been published in The Guardian, The Stranger, Washington Post, ELLE magazine, NBC News and more. She has been named one of the “Most Influential People” in Seattle by Seattle Magazine, one of the “50 Most Influential Women” in Seattle by Seattle Met and one of The Root’s “100 Most Influential Americans” in 2017 and 2018. She is also the recipient of the Feminist Humanist Award 2018 by the American Humanist Association, the Media Justice Award by the Gender Justice League, and the 2018 Aubrey Davis Visionary Leadership Award by the Equal Opportunity Institute.
Joanne Lipman has served as Editor in Chief at USA Today, USA Today Network, Conde Nast, and The Wall Street Journal’s Weekend Journal. She is currently the inaugural Distinguished Journalism Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She is also a CNBC on-air contributor and author of the bestseller, That’s What She Said:What Men and Women Need to Know About Working Together.
Lipman began her career as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, ultimately rising to deputy managing editor—the first woman to attain that post—and supervising coverage that won three Pulitzer Prizes.
She has appeared as a television commentator on ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC and PBS, among others. She is also a frequent public speaker, with recent engagements including the World Economic Forum in Davos, the United Nations, the Aspen Ideas Festival, TEDx, and the International Lean In conference.
Conversations About Race at Greenwich Library is made possible through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and Friends of Greenwich Library, as well as contributions by private donors.