Thursday, May 6 at 6pm via Zoom
An evening with journalist (and millennial) Jill Filipovic, author of OK Boomer, Let’s Talk: How My Generation Got Left Behind. Filipovic shows that millennials are not the avocado toast-eating snowflakes of boomer outrage fantasies. She upends dated assumptions with revelatory data and paints a revealing portrait of America’s most educated, most engaged, yet least-wealthy generation. Moderated by The Citizen’s Larry Platt. With a special appearance by City Councilmember-at-large Katherine Gilmore Richardson, a proud millennial.
MAY 10: HISTORY IS AN OPEN BOOK | BOOK CLUB
Monday, May 10 at 4 p.m. at Philadelphia Holocaust Memorial Plaza
May 10, 1933 marks the first student-led book burning in Germany. These students, under the guidance of Nazi ideology, carried out public burnings of books they claimed were ‘un-German.’ The burnings took place in 34 university towns and cities. Works of prominent Jewish, liberal, and leftist writers were targeted for burning.
Join the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance Foundation, Larry Platt of The Philadelphia Citizen, and local leaders at the Horwitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza as we remember the Nazi censorship of the 1930s and celebrate freedom of speech and expression. We will read excerpts from books that send a strong message of tolerance and celebrate our city’s diversity. We will also offer free books to our audience on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Wednesday, May 12 at 6pm via Zoom
MSNBC Anchor and Citizen Board member Ali Velshi analyzes the first 100 days of the Biden presidency and looks forward. In conversation with The Citizen’s Larry Platt and Roxanne Patel Shepelavy.
EVENTS IN THE WORKS
All dates TBD
INFRASTRUCTURE IS THE NEW BLACK
What can President Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan mean for American cities like Philadelphia? A conversation with Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, whose “Maps 4” plan uses infrastructure projects to spur inclusivity and transparency in his city; and Shalini Vajjhala, founder/CEO of re:Focus, a California social venture that has worked with both Philadelphia and Rio de Janeiro on developing and financing lauded green infrastructure programs. Moderated by Bruce Katz, founding director of the Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Drexel University.
INNOVATION IN EDUCATION
A discussion on new classroom models, featuring Rebecca Skinner, head of School of New York’s Blue School, an independent school founded by the members of Blue Man Group to connect students to their innate ability to create and express themselves; Christina Grant, chief of innovation for the Philadelphia School District; and Carlos Moreno, executive director of Big Picture Learning, a student-centered learning model in 150 schools, including two in Philadelphia. Moderated by The Citizen’s Larry Platt.
JO PIAZZA AND CHRISTINE PRIDE | BOOK CLUB
The authors discuss their new book, We Are Not Like Them, an evocative novel about two lifelong friends—one Black and one white—whose friendship is shaken by an all too familiar tragic event that becomes an exploration of race in America today. Moderated by The Citizen’s Roxanne Patel Shepelavy.
ART FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
As the kick-off event for Mural Arts Month, a discussion between Mural Arts Philadelphia executive director Jane Golden and prominent national artists on how art can fuel social change.