Mass. Peace Action Common Read 1st Meeting

Looking for a good book to read this Summer? Concerned about the structural barriers to peace like empire, capitalism, white supremacy, and colonialism? Would you like to discuss these issues with friends, then meet the author? Sign up to join the Common Read!

The End of the Myth, by Greg Grandin, explores the effect that constant expansion has had on the the politics of the United States, from the Colonial period to today. Now that the frontier is shut, racism, nationalism, anger, and polarization have come home, catapulting Trump to the presidency and dividing the nation. Our new project, the Mass Peace Action Common Read, lets you read the book, discuss with your friends, and meet the author.

Greg Grandin is the author of many books including Empire of Necessity, Fordlandia, Empire’s Workshop, The Last Colonial Massacre, and Kissinger’s Shadowto name a few. After many years teaching at New York University he recently joined the Department of History at Yale University. He has also served on the United Nations Truth Commission investigating the Guatemalan civil war. He has written for The Nation, the London Review of Books, and The New York Times.

This Summer Mass Peace Action is offering our members the chance to participate in a common read. Reading and discussing a book in common will help build cohesion in our community. This idea has come out of the Unitarian Universalist Community and was successfully carried out last year by our Racial Justice Working Group. We plan to meet twice over the Summer, first in the last week of June and once in mid to late July, and have a final meeting in September that will feature the author, Greg Grandin, who has agreed to speak with us!

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Coolidge Corner - Meeting Room
31 Pleasant Street, Brookline, MA 02446


The Coolidge Corner is located on the ground floor of the Coolidge Corner Library. There are three methods of access: (1) Use the main entrance, which is equipped with a ramp and door openers, followed by the lift in the far east corner of the ground floor. (2) Follow the outdoor ramp around the north side of the building to the ground floor entrance, which is equipped with a door opener, followed by three stairs from the hallway into the room, or (3) follow the outdoor ramp around the north side of the building to the back entrance, which is equipped with a door opener. This venue is equipped with assistive listening transmitters and devices, available upon request.

Need aids or accommodations? Email our administration team or give us a call at 617-730-2360 for more information.

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