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6PM - Reception | 7PM - Public Program
Join Maria McCauley, Director of Libraries, and Board members of the Cambridge Public Library Foundation for this special evening.
Our guests will be the Honorable Leslie E. Harris, Associate Justice, Dorchester Juvenile Court, Suffolk County (retired); Elizabeth Hinton, author, historian, Associate Professor, Department of History & Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University; and Michelle Kuo, author of Reading with Patrick, Assistant Professor in the History, Law and Society Program, American University in Paris.
Kim McLarin, Associate Professor, Emerson College, author and regular guest on WGBH-TV's Basic Black, will moderate the panel discussion and guide the community discussion that follows.
On April 23, 2018, we welcomed architect and visionary William Rawn to speak about his work at Inspired Library Design: The Patient Search For Common Ground. Rawn is the founding principal of William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc., the firm that designed the Main Library (2009), the new Valente Branch (2019), and other major projects in Cambridge, Boston, and beyond. After a presentation by Rawn, Maria McCauley, Director of Libraries, and Janet Axelrod, Chairperson of the Library Trustees, led a discussion to dive deeper into his work.
In October, 2017, we held our second Dream Big event, Democracy Matters. Our guest speaker was Timothy Snyder, Levin Professor of History, Yale University and Author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century and Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin. Callie Crossley, Host/Executive Editor of WGBH Radio’s “Under the Radar with Callie Crossley Show,” led the community discussion following Professor Snyder’s remarks.
We held the first Cambridge Public Library Foundation event, DREAM BIG: The Future of Public Libraries, in October 2016. The Cambridge Public Library’s auditorium was the site of a lively, overflowing crowd that engaged in a discussion with Library Director Maria McCauley and panelists Nicholas Negroponte, John Palfrey, Jeffrey Schnapp and Sarah Goldman.
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