In a collection of essays entitled We Gon' Be Alright, acclaimed writer/journalist Jeff Chang (Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, Who We Be) takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country.

Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, passionately personal writing, and distinguished cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism.

Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. He argues that resegregation is the unexamined condition of our time, the undoing of which is key to moving the nation forward to racial justice and cultural equity.

  Gender equality is a moral and a business imperative. But unconscious bias holds us back, and de-biasing people’s minds has proven to be difficult and expensive. Diversity training programs have had limited success, and individual effort alone often invites backlash. Behavioral design offers a new solution. By de-biasing organizations instead of individuals, we can make smart changes that have big impacts.

Presenting research-based solutions, Iris Bohnet hands us the tools we need to move the needle in classrooms and boardrooms, in hiring and promotion, benefiting businesses, governments, and the lives of millions. Her book is What Works: Gender Equality by Design.

Members of the Ithaca College faculty say they've lost confidence in President Tom Rochon.


  Suzanna Hermans from Oblong Books and Music joins us with this week's Book Picks list.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #9 The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney (Oblong-sponsored event at Bulkeley Middle School in Rhinebeck, Wednesday, 11/12, 6:30pm)
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper & Raul the Third
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang
How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon
Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann (event at Rhinebeck store, Sunday, 11/16, 4pm)
How Do You Pray? by Celeste Yacoboni (event at Rhinebeck store, Thursday, 11/6, 7pm)
Peter Paul and Mary: 50 Years in Music and Life by Peter Yarrow (Oblong-sponsored event at Morton Memorial Library in Rhinecliff, NY, Tuesday, 11/18, 7pm)
Yes Please by Amy Poehler

City of Pittsfield

In recognition of African American History Month, students at one high school in the Berkshires participated in a day of presentations from local African American role models, who shared their own stories with students and reflected on their heritage.

Multicultural BRIDGE – a non-profit organization with a mission to promote diversity understanding and acceptance in area communities, held their first Living African-American History Month Project, through a partnership with Pittsfield High School.

Camp Little Notch is a beautiful camp on an 80 acre lake in the southern Adirondacks where all girls can belong. CLN encourages girls to find their strengths and unique voices, works to build an inclusive and diverse camp community, and teaches campers to be responsible stewards of the land. This summer, CLN is running three one-week sessions for girls ages 7-17.