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Our Path Forward

Cambridge Public Library

Contact Name: Maria McCauley,
Type of Initiative: Civic Engagement
Initiative Partners: CPL Friends; CPL Foundation;; Deb Porter 


The Our Path Forward initiative pulls together resources and programs that reflect our values as an institution. Our expert librarians have created guides to immigration and refugee resources, detecting fake media news and a top 10 list of books that will challenge perspectives. We will also join with community partners to present programs on civics, a diverse America, anticipated federal policy changes, journalism and news media and other current topics that have arisen since the election, including four upcoming events:

(1) A panel discussion on March 23rd, Voices That Scan This Moment in Time, moderated by Heidi Legg of the and featuring:

• Claire Messud, Author and Harvard English Professor in Fiction - who wrote a piece in The Guardian when Trump won and also contributed to an anthology coming out later this year around the US politics of today. 

• Ron Sullivan Jr., mentored by President Obama, Harvard Law senior faculty on civil rights and incarceration, prison reform

• Susan Church who is the head of the New England immigration attorneys who filed the Stay on the Trump Ban 

• Peter Kadzis, WGBH News Senior Political Reporter, former editor of The Boston Phoenix who can speak to journalism moments in time

(2) A facilitated conversation with community members on post-inauguration issues;  (3) A public reading of the Constitution; and  (4) A lecture with Nicholas Burns, the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.