The Community Table: Zachary K. Wood and Uncomfortable Learning

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

How can we meaningfully and constructively engage with ideas and opinions that offend us? Join Zachary R. Wood when he talks about  his book, Uncensored: My Life and Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of Black and White America, and shares his dynamic perspective on free speech, race and dissenting opinions—in a world that sorely needs to learn to listen. 

Note location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

“In this remarkably honest memoir, Zachary R. Wood has written a veritable bildungsroman, tracing his journey from high school scholarship student from a poor black neighborhood in Washington, D.C., to leader of the free speech movement at Williams College. This work provides a timely view of both political life on elite college campuses and the struggles of the working poor against the backdrop of institutional racism. It also explores, with bracing candor, Wood’s growth as a young writer and intellectual, whose mistakes are as formative as his successes. Wood’s memoir is a must-read for anyone concerned about the American promise of social mobility.”
—Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard, and author of Life Upon These Shores

Zachary R. Wood is a Robert L. Bartley Fellow at The Wall Street Journal and a class of 2018 graduate of Williams College, where he served as president of Uncomfortable Learning, a student group that sparked national controversy for inviting provocative speakers to campus. His recent work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, HuffPost, The Nation, The Weekly Standard, Times Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed.

Author photo credit: Kelly Campbell

“The Community Table,” our community conversation series, plants civil conversations in the public sphere around issues of culture, diversity and public policy. In each event, we explore a broad range of topics with authors and experts. Then, we’ll break into small groups for facilitated conversations that take a deeper dive into those topics. The series aims to engage the community in meaningful conversations about the important cultural and political questions of the moment and to foster understanding and respect for and across our differences.

Saugatuck Congregational Church

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