Groundwork Reading Group Session 5

Wednesday, June 5th, 2024, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Groundwork Reading Group Session 5 Organized by Prem Krishnamurthy with David Giles

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval by Saidiya Hartman (2019)

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We encourage you to come with a sentence or short section from the text to read aloud.

Groundwork Reading Group’s fifth and final gathering takes place on June 5th, 2024. We will be reading Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments by Saidiya Hartman.

Organized by David Giles and Prem Krishnamurthy, the program invites participants to propose complex or challenging texts that merit collective engagement. The reading group asks: Can we redefine our futures through the redefinition of our forms? How might reading together itself be a transformative act?

About Department of Transformation

David Giles has worked at the intersection of urban policy, community development, and design for the last 15 years, first as the research director at the Center for an Urban Future and more recently as chief strategy officer at Brooklyn Public Library. He is interested in tactical urban design, public library innovation, community-driven planning, and convivial pedagogies. At BPL, David helped to design and launch the BKLYN Incubator, an innovation fund and support system for library-community partnerships. He has spoken widely on the changing role of libraries in the 21st century information economy. David lives and works in New York City and the Catskills.