A Conversation With Chris Hayes At Granoff

(9.22) Bestselling author, host of MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes, and Brown alum, Chris Hayes, takes on policing and democracy in his latest book, A Colony in a Nation. Hayes fans should head over to the Granoff Center this Saturday morning for “A Conversation with Chris Hayes,” sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. CSREA Director, Professor Tricia Rose, will interview Hayes and facilitate the conversation. Audience participation is invited. 

Drawing on wide-ranging historical, social, and political analysis, as well as deeply personal experiences with law enforcement, Hayes contends that our country has fractured in two: the Colony and the Nation. In the Nation, the law is venerated. In the Colony, fear and order undermine civil rights. With great empathy, Hayes seeks to understand this systemic divide, examining its ties to racial inequality, the omnipresent threat of guns, and the dangerous and unfortunate results of choices made by fear.

I have yet to read this book, but it would appear to dovetail with my own advocacy as a speaker for Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP). I have been testifying in support of marijuana reform at the state house for eight years and speaking out against the evils of mass incarceration and our failed war on drugs.

Unrelated but fun sidebar: Last year Hayes shared a unique Brown memory with the New York Times.

When I was studying abroad in Italy in 2000, it was before the era of e-books, and English books were hard to come by. My parents sent me a care package for my birthday and included “Brief Interviews With Hideous Men,” by David Foster Wallace. That book is astoundingly good and vastly underappreciated, and I read it over and over that semester in Bologna, returning to it every time I ran out of English books to read. When I got back to college for senior year I actually staged a version of it in a student-run theater, and one of the people I cast was John Krasinski, who would later buy the rights to it and make it into a film.

And that’s another book I’ve been meaning to read.

(I see that a “light breakfast reception” precedes the event with a “light reception” to follow. Okay, who left the Episcopalians in charge of the food?)

Free and open to the public, 10:30am to noon, Saturday, September 22, Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center, 154 Angell Street, (directions)

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