Friday, March 30, 2007

More People Coming to Talk to Akron

First off, don't forget Ben McConnell coming to Akron Press Club this coming Thursday. Details here and here.

And there's plenty more cool speakers on the way.

Dr. John Green, Director of the Bliss Institute for Applied Politics and currently on leave to work as a Senior Fellow at the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life will visit the Akron Roundtable April 19. The Roundtable doesn't announce topics, but obviously he will be discussing religion and politics and quite likely the '06 and '08 elections.

Main Library has some good stuff coming in their Main Event speaker series. On April 11 the Library will host David Eggers, author if A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and What Is the What. I dipped into Heartbreaking Work once and found it to be David Foster Wallace lite, but if if you like Eggers here he comes.

The really cool guy comes in May 23.

Chuck D.

Chuck freakin' D in Akron. The Co-founder of future Hall of Fame rap group Public Enemy will speak on "rap, race, reality and technology."

We've just had the first rappers inducted into the Rock Hall, D's old radio home Air America is on the financial ropes and a Black man is a serious candidate for President. So, yes, I think Chuck D might have some things to say.

You can read about both Library programs in their online newsletter (pdf.)


ohdave said...

Still working through What is the What. It seems to be the hot book right now. I'll be reviewing it at my site soon.

I wish he were coming a bit closer to me.