Adam Gopnik: To Fix Democracy, Figure Out What’s Broken at Wesleyan

Frank Center for Public Affairs 238 Church Street, Middletown

Join celebrated writer Adam Gopnik, best known for his essays in The New Yorker, for an impassioned talk on the need to protect democracy at such a fractious time in American political history. “When democratic practices are in power, they look boringly normal; it’s startling to realize how fragile they really are, and how hard they are to recover when they’re gone. Cicero blithely believed that the institutions of the Roman Republic were so strong and long-standing that friends and colleagues like Octavian and Mark Antony couldn’t really be capable of ending them. They were. The successful defense of democracy at times demands a price so high that we tend to have amnesia about it afterward.” —Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker For more information  

Revolutionary: A Conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones at Wesleyan

Frank Center for Public Affairs 238 Church Street, Middletown

In these turbulent times, journalism, like democracy itself, feels more revolutionary than ever as the boundary between journalism and activism blurs. Please join us for a conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the 1619 Project and a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine, about journalism, social justice, and the praise and backlash that reporting provokes. Hannah-Jones has spent her career investigating racial inequality and injustice, and her reporting has earned her the MacArthur Fellowship, known as the Genius grant, a Peabody Award, two George Polk Awards and the National Magazine Award three times. Joining her in this conversation are Tracy Heather Strain, Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, and Robyn Autry, associate professor of sociology and director of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life. Provost and Senior Vice President Nicole Stanton will provide introductions. This event is sponsored by the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life with support from the Wintman Family. For more information  

In Community: A Conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones at The District Music Hall

District Music Hall 71 Wall Street, Norwalk

Join us May 2 for an “In Community: A Conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones” distinguished New York Times Magazine domestic correspondent and creator of The 1619 Project. Produced in partnership with The Equity Lab, powered by Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF) and Connecticut Public, the program will explore many of the themes Hannah-Jones explores in her work for The New York Times Magazine, as producer of the Hulu docuseries The 1619 Project and as the Knight Chair of Race and Journalism at Howard University. For more information

$20 – $50

Parties, the Press, and Political Politeness ​(Well, Not Really!) with Dr. Matthew Warshauer

Avon Free Public Library 281 Country Club Rd, Avon

Join us for an in-person history lecture with Dr. Matthew Warshauer! “Parties, the Press, and Political Politeness ​(Well, Not Really!)” Can’t we all just get along? Let’s go back to the good old days when partisanship wasn’t so bad, the press was fairly balanced, and courtesy reigned over American politics! Really? Join Matt Warshauer, professor of history at Central Connecticut State University, and explore the early partisan battles that almost ended the newly formed Union while the ink on the Constitution was still wet. Let’s find out if there was ever a time in America when partisanship and the press didn’t do battle. For more information

The Musical Box at The District Music Hall

District Music Hall 71 Wall Street, Norwalk

It’s 1973 – GENESIS releases SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND, which through Peter Gabriel’s eccentric theatrics and the band’s unique musicianship, produces some of the most iconic sounds and images of the 70’s, enjoying to this day a cult-following. A TIMELESS CLASSIC and the emblematic concert which embodies the fascinating world of early Genesis. THE MUSICAL BOX is a Quebec based band which for the last 30 years, had the sole mission of re-creating in all its glory the live experience of an early GENESIS concert, including the use of vintage instruments, yes, including a real MELLOTRON – and thanks to Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford, the original slides used by Genesis. For more information