Civic Engagement Series

This September and October, we’re hosting a series of events on civic engagement. Check out the events in the series below!

Political Hobbyism vs. Political Power

Thursday, September 17 at 6:30 PM

More than ever, Americans are spending time thinking, talking, and reading about politics. And yet, we’re below historical averages in actual civic and political volunteerism.

In this talk, based on his book, Politics is for Power, Tufts University professor Eitan Hersh will lead a discussion on why so many of us practice a shallow form of political hobbyism, and most importantly, what the alternative is.

Please register for this event to attend. Generously sponsored by the Library Trustees.

Immigration and COVID-19

Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 PMPromotional image for event titled Immigration and COVID-19, held on Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 PM

Want to make a difference in your community? Join us as Sabrineh Ardalan, Director of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic, discusses the policies and practices that put immigrants at specific risk during the pandemic, and learn how you can get involved and take action to help protect immigrant rights.

Interested in learning more? Please register in advance.

Virtual Screening of Rigged

Tuesday, October 6 at 7 PMPromotional image for screening of the film Rigged: the voter suppression playbook, held on October 6 at 7 PM


RIGGED: The Voter Suppression Playbook
is an award-winning documentary that exposes the nefarious tactics used to suppress the vote and serves to spark discussion on the actions needed to protect our democracy. Shot principally during the 2016 election but still relevant today, the film tracks a systematic, decade-long effort to reverse the impact of the growing demographic tide of non-white and younger voters who helped elect President Barack Obama in 2008. It details a variety of voter suppression “plays,” or tactics, ranging from the purging of voting rolls and passing of new, restrictive voter ID laws to gerrymandering and voter intimidation.

The screening and post-screening discussion will be presented via Zoom Webinar. A link will be emailed to all RSVPs 48 hours in advance of the screening. Please register in advance via Eventbrite.

In partnership with the Town of Brookline Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations, and the League of Women Voters.