CANCELED: Michael Chabon, Susan Herman, Ayelet Waldman, and guests: Fight of the Century

Mon. Mar 23, 2020 at 7:00pm EDT
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Writers and activists looks back at landmark cases that have shaped a century of fighting for our civil liberties.

Brit Bennett, author The Mothers
Michael Chabon, author most recently of Bookends
Sergio De La Pava, author of A Naked Singularity, Personae, and Lost Empress
Susan Herman, president of the ACLU
Yiyun Li, author most recently of Where Reasons End
Ayelet Waldman, author most recently of A Really Good Day

2020 marks a century of the ACLU working to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties enshrined in our laws and Constitution. To mark the centennial, authors Michael Chabon and Aeyet Waldman have collaborated with the ACLU to curate an anthology of original essays by writers who illuminate historic decisions—from Brown v. Board of Education to Roe v. Wade—that have advanced civil liberties and social justice. Ranging from personal memoir to narrative history, Fight of the Century sheds light on the work of one remarkable organization as it shaped a country.

Chabon and Waldman will be joined in conversation by ACLU president Susan Herman and several of the book’s contributors.


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Accordingly, this event has been canceled. We regret the need to take this action, and we hope you'll understand the need to do so. Those who purchased tickets to this event have been automatically refunded. 


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The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the speaker(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of The New York Public Library.

Sergio De La Pava photo © Sharon Daniels
Brit Bennett photo © Emma Trim
Michael Chabon photo © Benjamin Tice Smith
Ayelet Waldman photo © Claire Lewis

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Celeste Bartos Forum The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street & 5th Avenue
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