Book club brings fascinating clarity to time-old mysteries
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. – Buddha
When the moon shines above at its brightest and fullest, we’re receiving maximum light and vitality from the sun’s rays reflecting off the lunar surface. In this spirit, The Full Moon Book Club seeks to illuminate participants for greatest impact.
Open your mind this spring! Here’s a chance to clear out lots of dusty old myths and misconceptions, making room for exciting new insights about how we perceive time and history. This virtual series highlights three ground-breaking and critically-acclaimed books, meeting monthly to discuss themes through a lens of postcolonial environmentalism and urban indigenous life.
APRIL: The Order of Time (Carlo Rovelli) Why do we remember the past and not the future? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? We think of time as uniform, moving steadily in one direction, measured by clocks. These assumptions are torn down, one by one, by a poet-physicist who makes quantum physics exciting and accessible. A rich, innovative exploration of a mind-bending subject for all humankind. (4/16, 7PM)
MAY: African Europeans: An Untold History (Olivette Otele) Contrary to conventional belief, there’s a long and remarkable history of Europeans of African descent, going back way before colonialism, to the 3rd century, when Saint Maurice, an Egyptian, became the leader of a Roman legion – and all the way up to modern times, showcasing statesmen and villagers alike. A landmark celebration of a complex and integral slice of European history scholars are only just beginning to study. (5/16, 7PM)
JUNE: The Golden Ages of the Dark Ages (Dr. Nazry Bin Yahya) The so-called “Dark Ages” were only dark for Europe – the rest of the world during this time was teaming with hundreds of civilizations, cultivating and exchanging knowledge Europeans would “discover” generations later during the Enlightenment that accompanied colonization. An exciting historical analysis that make for a lively discussion for sure! (6/14, 7PM)
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Support Local Black-Owned Business! Please purchase these selections at Harriet’s Bookshop, an independent bookshop & writing space celebrating female writers, activists and artists. Opened in 2020 by local educator Jeannine Cook and named for historical heroine Harriet Tubman, Harriet’s is a community oasis for healthy debate and understanding. 258 E. Girard Ave, Fishtown. Harriettsbookshop.com As seen on Oprah! Follow on FACEBOOK @Harrietsbooks
PRO TIP: Self-study with the last book club, Myth Busters! (we can personally recommend the books, they were fantastic)