Memoirs of the Black Experience
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 6 p.m.
Times Christopher Isherwood Prize winner Emily Bernard, acclaimed cultural critic Morgan Jerkins and 2020 National Book Award long-list finalist Frank Wilderson, [UCI professor and chair, African American studies], join Times columnist Sandy Banks for a candid conversation about the Black experience, tackling race, family and society and shining a light on the broken world in which we live.
The State of the American Economy
Monday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m.
How are corrupt systems organized and how have they shaped our government today? How are ordinary Americans affected by the rich and powerful who don’t play by the same rules? What can we close the racial wealth gap? These questions and more will be discussed by journalists and scholars Mehrsa Baradaran, [UCI professor of law], Sarah Chayes and Jennifer Taub, with Times D.C. Bureau Chief Kimbriell Kelly moderating.
Marilynne Robinson With Héctor Tobar
Thursday, Nov. 12, 5 p.m.
Marilynne Robinson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, returns to the fictional world of Gilead, Iowa, with “Jack,” the fourth novel in one of the great works of contemporary American fiction. Robinson talks with Héctor Tobar, [UCI associate professor Chicano/Latino studies; English], a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, novelist and author of the new book “The Last Great Road Bum.”

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