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Montgomery College President to Lead “The Politics of Radical Inclusion” Series with Local Civic Leaders
Next Discussion Is Tuesday, Oct. 18 with Dave Zirin, Author of “Things That Make White People Uncomfortable”

Please join Montgomery College President DeRionne P. Pollard October 18 for the next in a series of conversations exploring the politics of radical inclusion.

The Politics of Radical Inclusion Presidential Dialogue Series Presents:

Dave Zirin, Author of “Things That Make White People Uncomfortable”

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, Cultural Arts Center

The first 2018-19 dialogue features “New York Times” bestselling author Dave Zirin. Zirin is the sports editor for “The Nation” magazine. He has written 10 books on the politics of sports. He is also the co-host of the radio show “The Collision” with Etan Thomas and hosts the “Edge of Sports Podcast.” His most recent book, “Things That Make White People Uncomfortable,” written with NFL player Michael Bennett, tackles issues of race and politics in professional sports—and in American communities. Bennett, who has refused to stand for the national anthem at football games, has used his talent and stature to draw attention to the issue of police violence, adding to a chorus of activists working to create public accountability. Zirin and Bennett write eloquently about the complexities of race and class in America and the necessities of dramatic action to challenge inequities.

A free copy of “Things That Make White People Uncomfortable” will be provided to the first 100 students at the event.

About the 2018-19 Presidential Dialogue Series

The 2018-2019 Montgomery College Presidential Dialogue Series will explore the politics of radical inclusion. Building communities in which everyone feels welcomed is a “radical” ideal with many benefits, including higher academic achievement by students. Inclusive practices contribute to safe, healthy, productive neighborhoods and schools, where diverse people and ideas flourish. The past year has seen a fracturing of such ideals, with increasingly polarized national political rhetoric. Civil demonstrations of protest have been cast as disloyalty to the nation. Hostile political factions have paralyzed compromise and stalled urgent legislation. Immigrants have been vilified and diversity, discouraged. While intolerance appears to be on the rise, an alternative movement—radical inclusion—is gaining traction. Actively searching out ways to bring people on the margins into the community is one antidote to the marginalization so many experience. But it takes political will, civility, and many times, discomfort. This year’s series will delve into the question: How can our nation create a politics of radical inclusion?

Next Event in the Presidential Dialogue Series:

Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress

Thursday November 27, 2018 7 PM

Rockville Campus, Science West (SW), Room 301

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