You're Invited: My First Speaking Event of 2024 at Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago's Michigan Forum
PLUS, 50% off on my book, The Hidden Roots of White Supremacy
Dear #WhiteTooLong readers,
Greetings from the road! I’m pleased to invite you to join me tonight at my first speaking engagement of 2024. At 6:30 pm CT/7:30 pm ET, I’ll be speaking at Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago (in person and live streamed on their YouTube channel, info here). I’m proud to be a part of their “Michigan Forum” speaker series, which promote civic formation within the Chicagoland community by presenting a series of events that feature important thinkers and public leaders in live lecture or panel-discussion format, discussing current issues of civic and ethical priority.
Tonight, I’ll speak for 30 minutes about my book, The Hidden Roots of White Supremacy and the Path for a Shared American Future (still 50% off at Amazon), and then participate in a 30-minute discussion moderated by Fourth Church member Cynthia Johnson before taking questions from participants.
I’ll also be speaking to a group of students at DePaul University Thursday at 12:30 pm CT before heading back home. You can see my upcoming 2024 speaking appearances on the home page of my Substack newsletter here. I’ll update that page throughout the year as more events are confirmed. As a #WhiteTooLong reader, I’d love to see you at an upcoming event if I’m in a city near you.
And ICYMI, I’m sharing two recent conversations I had with actor and activist George Takei and NPR’s Steve Inskeep.
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My Conversation with George Takei: What the Unshakeable Relationship between Trump and White Evangelicals Means for 2024
Last week, I was thrilled to share the deep-dive conversation I had with the one and only George Takei, which was featured over on his Substack newsletter, The Big Picture. Across five questions, we talked about what the unshakeable relationship between Trump and white Evangelicals means for 2024 and beyond. You can read the interview here.
As most of you know, George Takei is best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu in the acclaimed television and film series Star Trek. In addition having to an acting career that has spanned five decades, he’s a social justice activist, a social media mega-power, and a New York Times bestselling author. He also originated the role of Sam Kimura and Ojii-Chan in the Broadway musical Allegiance, and he’s the subject of To Be Takei, a documentary on his life and career.
On my shelf, I have his moving and stunningly illustrated graphic memoir, They Called Us Enemy, a New York Times bestseller that recounts his childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II.
George and his team also have a great Substack newsletter, The Big Picture, which I hope you’ll check out. I’m a fan and deep admirer of George’s artistic, literary, and activist work, so this was a huge honor for me.
My conversation with Steve Inskeep on NPR’s Morning Edition
On NPR, I talked with Steve Inskeep, host of Morning Edition, to unpack the meaning of a new video that casts Donald Trump as a Messiah-like figure. I argue that “the biggest mistake the Democratic Party could make is trying to run a campaign that's all about economic well-being, that ignores these deeper cultural claims about who we are as a country, who this country is for, and what our future is going to look like together.”
You can listen to the segment here.
Price Drop - The Hidden Roots of White Supremacy is 50% at Amazon
Heads up - my book, THE HIDDEN ROOTS OF WHITE SUPREMACY AND THE PATH TO A SHARED AMERICAN FUTURE, which debuted on the New York Times bestseller list in September, is currently 50% off at Amazon.
This is the lowest price that has been available for the book. I don’t know how long that pricing will last, but I wanted to make everyone here aware of the opportunity before the algorithms readjust the pricing!
If you've been waiting to get your copy or one for a friend, you can now get the hardcover for the price of the paperback. And if you buy the book using the button below, part of your purchase will go to support this newsletter.