Hyde Park Book Club Upcoming Events September-November 2021

Monday, September 20, 2021, 7:30 via Zoom. We will be examining Believer: My Forty Years in Politics by David Axelrod. Leading the discussion will be University of Chicago lecturer Dr. Ray Lodato.

“A portrait of political campaigning that is more like what we hope than what we fear . . . a stout defense—indeed, the best I have read—of the Obama years.” —David Gergen, The New York Times Book Review

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Monday, October 18, 2021, 7:30 via Zoom. Noted Author and George Washington University professor of anthropology Roy Richard Grinker (1961- ) will discuss his new book Nobody’s Normal: How Culture Created the Stigma of Mental Illness, that addresses the historic practices that have placed a stigma on mental health. Grinker may be seen discussing his book in a Ted Talk here. Grinker will also discuss how Hyde Park and Chicago have figured in his life and work. Paying homage to the role they have played in his work, he dedicated Nobody’s Normal to the “Chicago Grinkers” – his father, grandfather, and great grandfather. The discussant for the event is UChicago associate professor Eugen Raikhel, a cultural and medical anthropologist and Director of the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies.

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Monday, November 15, 2021, 7:30 via Zoom. Editors Roberta Lesner Bernstein and Judy Lesner Holstein will discuss Somewhere in Europe: The World War II Letters of Sam Lesner, their father. Sam Lesner, a journalist with the Chicago Daily News, also wrote the popular Hyde Parkers, All! column for the Hyde Park Herald in the 1980’s. Sam was drafted into the Army in December 1943 at age 34 and his letters home are reproduced in this moving volume.

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Hyde Park Book Club Contacts:

Carol Vieth, ultra5300@earthlink.net;

Michal Safar, archivist@hydeparkhistory.org,

Dottie Jeffries, dottiejeffries@gmail.com