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Gandhi, King and the Power of Nonviolence: Alternatives to Force in the 21st Century

Join bestselling author Jonathan Schell, author of The Seventh Decade, and Pulitzer prize-winner Taylor Branch, author of Parting the Waters, as they discuss Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the enduring power of nonviolence in our contemporary world.

Suzannah Lessard will moderate the evening.

Following the discussion there will be audience questions, and a book-signing.

FREE (suggested donation $10)


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Jonathan Schell

Jonathan Schell began his career at The New Yorker magazine, where he was a staff writer from 1967 until 1987. During those years he was the principal writer of the magazine's Notes and Comments, and also wrote long pieces, many of which were published as books. His reflective work on the nuclear question The Fate of the Earth (Knopf, 1982), which first appeared in three parts in The New Yorker, became a best-seller and was hailed by The New York Times as "an event of profound historical moment." It received the Los Angeles Times book prize, among other awards, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Critics Award.

Schell's other books are The Village of Ben Suc (1967), The Military Half (1968), The Time of Illusion (1976), The Abolition (1984), History in Sherman Park (1987), The Real War, (1988), Observing the Nixon Years (1989), The Gift of Time (1998), The Unfinished Twentieth Century (2001), The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People (2003) and A Hole in the World: A Story of War, Protest and the New American Order (2004). He received the Lannan Award for Literary Non-fiction in 2000.

click here for excerpts from his book, The Unconquerable World

click here for other articles for The Nation

Taylor Branch

Taylor Branch is Pulitzer Prize winning author of many books and articles, including Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63 and Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65.

click here for more information and to learn more about his three volume on the civil rights movment in America

click here to read a Time magazine interview with Jonathan Schell discussing the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Suzannah Lessard

Began her career as a writer/editor for the Washington Monthly and was a staff writer at the New Yorker for 20 years. In 1996, she authored Architect of Desire: Beauty and Danger in the Stanford White Family, published by Dial Press. In recent years, her articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Architectural Record, Architectural Digest, New Yorker, and Wilson Quarterly. She has taught writing and led master classes at Columbia School of the Arts, Wesleyan University, The New School, George Mason University, George Washington University, and Goucher College, and has co-taught a seminar on Trials in Literature at Georgetown University Law Center and Fordham Law School. She recently received an Anthony Lukas Award to write a book about the decentralization of the American landscape (to be published by Dial Press).

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