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July 2016
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Grace Carlson & The Work of Class and Gender: An Early Exploration

July 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library,
1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Grace Carlson

The East Side Freedom Library invites you to a presentation by Donna Harverty-Stacke, Associate Professor of History, Hunter College. The author of the recently published and widely praised study, Trotskyists on Trial: Free Speech and Political Persecution Since the Age of FDR, Donna has been digging into the complex life history of Grace Carlson, the only woman among local labor activists sentenced to prison under the Smith Act during WWII. Donna will share with us what she has discovered so far…

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Storytelling through Vinyl and Film Double Feature: Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra

July 8 @ 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
A Greener Read,
506 E Kenny Rd #150
St. Paul, MN 55130 United States
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Sun Ra was one of the most important innovators in jazz in the 1950s-1970s, a critical period in the transformation of African American culture. His music and his narrative pushed the envelope of creativity in new directions, contributing to such developments as free jazz, Black Power, and Afro-Futurism. He mentored dozens of young Black musicians who performed in his Solar Arkestra. These two rarely seen films, The Cry of Jazz (1958) & Space is the Place (1974), explore his political as well as…

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From Then to Now: Immigration and the (Re)Making of Saint Paul’s East Side

July 9 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library,
1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Co-organized between the Immigrations History Research Center and The East Side Freedom Library, this half-day event examines the role of immigration in the making and remaking St Paul's East Side over the last 150 years. The event includes a walking tour of Payne Avenue. Starting at Swede Hollow, the tour focuses on the street's roles as a center of immigrant life, from the Swedish, Italian, and German immigrants of the 19th century, to the Hmong, Mexican, and Salvadoran immigrants of…

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Family History Book-Making Workshop

July 10 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library,
1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Design and print a book about your family history using a photocopier, paper, scissors, thread, linoleum blocks and ink. Books from the East Side Freedom Library will be on hand for inspiration, images and information about immigrant history in St. Paul. This workshop is led by Aaron Johnson-Ortiz, East Side Freedom Library's Artist-in-Residence. Bring family photographs to photocopy and include. Participants in the workshop can choose for their books to be included on the Floating Library, which will be available on Lake…

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Summer Book Club – Between the World and Me

July 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
East Side Freedom Library,
1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Picture of book club at East Side Freedom Library

Back by popular demand. Last summer we had about 25 teachers and community members discussion race, economic, education and the intersection of all three in our schools and community. This summer we will be reading three different books and are excited for a lively conversation again! Visit the Eventbrite page for details, and to RSVP for these free events! This event is cosponsored by the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers and the East Side Freedom Library. The Book Club will…

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So Imperfect a Proposition: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Structure of American Citizenship

July 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library,
1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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14th-amendment-cartoon

The East Side Freedom Library invites you to mark the 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment with David Williard, Asstistant Professor of History at University of St. Thomas. Professor Williard teaches courses on the history of the Civil War and Reconstruction and he has been a faculty leader of Civil Rights Movement history tours. His research has focused on the lives and political outlooks of Confederate veterans, and he has been active in the organization of Historians Against Slavery. David…

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Reading and Discussion with Kao Kalia Yang

July 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library,
1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Song Poet

The East Side Freedom Library invites you to a reading and discussion with Kao Kalia Yang. In her new book, The Song Poet, the author of the highly acclaimed The Latehomecomer, draws on her conversations with her father, a song poet in the Hmong tradition, who brought his family out of danger of war and the poverty of refugee camps to make a new life in Minnesota. This new life led him to sacrifice his poetic gift to become a factory worker…

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Between the Spaces: Rondo

July 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library,
1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Is a theatrical and historical exploration of a Saint Paul neighborhood known as Rondo. Between the Spaces: Rondo unpacks real and imagined recollections and experiences of former Rondo residents facing Urban Renewal circa 1950s, early 1960s.

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From Then to Now: Immigration and the (Re)Making of Saint Paul’s East Side

July 23 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library,
1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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StPaul33

This two hour walking tour examines the role to immigration in the making and remaking of St Paul's east Side over the last 150 years. Starting at Swede Hollow, the tour focuses on Payne Avenue's role as a center of immigrant life, from Swedish, Italian, and German immigrants of the 19th century, to the Hmong, Mexican, and Salvadoran immigrants of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. During the 1.5 mile tour, participants will be drawn in to a conversation…

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Summer Book Club – The Teacher Wars (first half discussion)

July 25 @ 6:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library,
1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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Picture of book club at East Side Freedom Library

Back by popular demand. Last summer we had about 25 teachers and community members discussion race, economic, education and the intersection of all three in our schools and community. This summer we will be reading three different books and are excited for a lively conversation again! Visit the Eventbrite page for details, and to RSVP for these free events! This event is cosponsored by the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers and the East Side Freedom Library. The Book Club will…

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