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The Portage Lake District Library is partnering with the Institute of Policy, Ethics, and Culture (IPEC) at Michigan Technological University and the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts to present a virtual speaker series this spring titled Justice in Transition.

The series features a variety of speakers and performances from people who actively address systemic injustices of the past and present and advocate for change that enables us to all rise together. Every Tuesday and Thursday evening from March 23 to April 15, one of these speakers will address our community via an online Zoom forum.

With generous support from MI Humanities and IPEC, the library purchased books by several of the authors and also a selection of books for young adults and youth that complement the program. These books are free and library patrons are encouraged to come by and pick up a book of their choice. A library card is not needed to participate in this program.

Please click on the event links below to learn more about each speaker and register for their event:

The Arc of Systemic Solidarity – March 23 @ 7PM
With Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Arts activist and spoken word artist

The Great Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020 – March 25 @ 7PM
With Lawrence Gostin on the subject of global health & human rights law

Justice for the Land – March 30 @ 7PM
With Robin Wall Kimmerer on traditional knowledge and restoration ecology

Racial Equity & Environmentalism – April 1 @ 7PM
With August Ball, community and conservation activist

Connecting Local Climate Impacts to Global Policy Targets – April 6 @ 7PM
With Katharine Hayhoe, atmospheric and climate scientist

Responsible Sourcing of Wood: The IKEA Way – April 8 @ 7PM
With Ulf Johansson, global wood supply & forestry manager

Race to the Future – April 13 @ 7PM
With Ruha Benjamin on race, equity and technology

A Conversation with DeRay McKesson – April 15 @ 7PM
With DeRay McKesson, civil rights activist

Please contact Portage Lake District Library Program Coordinator Michael Stanitis at for additional event information.

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