SUNY Adirondack, Crandall Public Library partner for ‘Politics’ series

Professor Johnston teaching a class
August 28, 2019

SUNY Adirondack and Crandall Public Library will hold “Politics and Community Today, ” a monthly reading and discussion series, starting in September.

The free series focuses on books that explore American identity in the 21st century, putting the current political climate into a historical context. Wendy L. Johnston, associate professor of political science, will facilitate the series, which is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities funded “Democracy in Dialogue.”

Programming includes:

  • “Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown v. Board of Education” by Danielle S. Allen  at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in Room 128 of Bryan Hall on the SUNY Adirondack campus.

  • “Indecision” by Benjamin Kunkel at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 7, 2019 in Room 202 of Adirondack Hall on the SUNY Adirondack campus.

  • “Between Past and Future” by Hannah Arendt at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Holden Room at Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls.

  • “The Book of Daniel” by E.L. Doctorow at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Holden Room at Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls.

  • “The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison,” edited by John Callahan, at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at SUNY Adirondack (location to be determined).

Copies of the books for this series are available to borrow from the SUNY Adirondack Library and Crandall Public Library. Participants are encouraged —  but are not required — to read the books before each event.

The “Politics and Community Today,” series was organized through a Humanities NY grant.

For more information, contact Wendy Johnston at 518-832-7729 or