Social Unrest in a Time of Pandemic: A Conversation with David and Betsy Quammen

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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We live in turbulent times, do we not? And such dimensions of travail as we’re presently experiencing call for civil discussion—including civil discussion of books and their topics—all the more urgently than usual. 

The world is gripped with pandemic disease, and our understanding of that pandemic is befogged with conspiracy theories, anti-government fury, and misinformation - the same sorts of theories, fury, and misinformation that have poisoned our discourse about public lands in the West. But now too we’re explicitly reminded of national crises over racism, police abuse of African-Americans, and the rights of people to protest peacefully yet with passion in the streets of our nation.

Betsy Gaines Quammen and David Quammen certainly can’t offer magical insights about how these three forms of discord may be linked. But you are warmly invited, by Between the Covers Bookstore and the library, to join the conversation and help them try. An hour of civil and literary discourse, at a time such as this, can be worthwhile. Betsy and David will discuss, among other things, two books that weirdly intersect at this moment. 

American Zion: Cliven Bundy, God, and Public Lands in the West (Torrey House Press, 2020) by BGQ 
Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic (W.W. Norton, 2012) by DQ

Event Type(s): WPL Programs
Age Group(s): Adult

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