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Event Dates

Day Start Date Start Time Finish Time
Monday 1/16/2023 1:00 PM 2:30 PM
Monday 1/23/2023 1:00 PM 2:30 PM
Monday 1/30/2023 1:00 PM 2:30 PM
Monday 2/6/2023 1:00 PM 2:30 PM
Monday 2/13/2023 1:00 PM 2:30 PM
Monday 2/20/2023 1:00 PM 2:30 PM
Monday 2/27/2023 1:00 PM 2:30 PM

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The Village Common will host a series of seven weekly Zoom conversations on Caste, beginning on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, January 16, 2023.

Phil West — retired executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island and the author of Secrets & Scandals: Reforming Rhode Island, 1986-2006 — will guide these conversations. The series is free and open to all who register. Participants are encouraged to buy copies of Caste, which is available in paperback and electronic formats.

Please select this LINK for more detailed information from Phil West, along with reading recommendations

Isabel Wilkerson won a Pulitzer Prize for her first bestseller, The Warmth of Other Suns, about the Great Migration of African-Americans out of the Jim Crow South.
Her second bestseller, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, explores ways caste systems perpetuate misunderstanding, cruelty, and violence. Although many cultures have used caste to oppress minorities, Wilkerson explores common functions of caste systems in India, the United States, and Nazi Germany.
She writes: “A caste system endures because it is often justified as divine will, originating from sacred text or the presumed laws of nature, reinforced throughout the culture and passed down through generations.” It will run for 7 weeks, starting on Monday, January 16 at 1pm via Zoom.

Registration is required!
Please click the "Register Now" button located at the top of this page. You will receive an email with the Zoom link early on the morning of the event. Should you need assistance registering, please call 401-441-5240, and a service coordinator will lend a hand.

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Monday, January 16, 2023, 1:00 PM until 2:30 PM
Videoconference information will be provided in an email once registration is complete.
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
H Philip West Jr
401-475-1246 (p)
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