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Interim Central Library Director Candy Bertelson recently posted to the project listserv to share what Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon is doing for their September Project, Banned Books Week, Freedom to Read, and the 2008 Election.

Their events include:

Writers Talking: Join Jewel Lansing who will discuss her book Portland: People, Politics, and Power, 1851-2001. Ms. Lansing was one of the first two women elected to Multnomah County government office and, since her retirement in 1986, spends her time researching and writing about history. This presentation will include a brief introduction to the history of politics in Portland, OR. Sunday, September 21, 1-2 p.m., Central Library

Vote 2008: Join Jim Moore, Professor of Political Science at Pacific University, for a discussion about the presidential hopefuls and the race to date.  Enjoy Dr. Moore’s commentary, bring questions for the group, and prepare to get involved in the debate.  Sunday, September 28, 1-2 pm, Central Library

Café Banned: Celebrating the Freedom to Read: Lawyer Steven T. Wax will be our guest speaker. As head of the Oregon Federal Public Defenders’ Office, Mr. Wax was responsible for representing inmates at Guantánamo. He also represented Brandon Mayfield, an Oregon lawyer who was falsely linked to the Madrid train station bombing. His book, Kafka Comes to America: Fighting for Justice in the War on Terror – A Public Defender’s Inside Account, examines this and other cases and the erosion of civil liberties in the wake of 9/11. Saturday, October 4, 1-2:30 p.m., Central Library

Ballot Measures 101: November Election Issues You Should Know About: Join the League of Women Voters of Oregon for a presentation and discussion about local ballot measures in the November election. Monday, October 20, 6:30-7:45 pm, Hollywood Library, and Wednesday, October 22, 6:30-7:45 pm, Central Library.

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On Thursday, September 11 at 7 pm, Highland Park (NJ) Public Library will host author and professor Louis P. Masur for a presentation and discussion about race and other current issues.


Masur, a professor and director of the American Studies Program at Trinity College and a Highland Park resident, will talk about his recently published book, The Soiling of Old Glory: The Photograph That Shocked America, at the public library in Highland Park, New Jersey.

Masur’s book is about a photo taken on April 5, 1976 that fully exposed the racial tensions in the city of Boston during the era of forced school busing. The author uses this photo and others to show the powerful effect image has had on history and will open up discussion on race and other current issues.

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