Raina Lipsitz will present her new book, The Rise of a New Left: How Young Radicals
Are Shaping the Future of American Politics, in conversation with Thomas Grace and
Victoria Conklin. Join us for a lively intergenerational discussion between Grace, a veteran of
the New Left of the 60's and 70's, and Lipsitz, a member of the new "New Left" of today.
Raina Lipsitz writes about politics and culture and is a proud native of Buffalo, New York. Her work has appeared in Al Jazeera America, The Appeal, The Atlantic, The Conversationalist, The Nation, and The New Republic, among other publications. In 2016, the National Women’s Political Caucus honored her with an Exceptional Merit in Media Award (EMMA) for outstanding work on issues of importance to women and girls. She serves on the advisory board of New York Focus.
She currently lives in Brooklyn with a handsome New Mexican, a brick-red futon, an ancient laptop, and several precarious stacks of books and magazines.
Thomas M. Grace, PhD, is an adjunct professor of history at SUNY/Erie, with a specialty in the American Civil War. He is the author of Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties (2016). Wounded by the Ohio National Guard at Kent State in May 1970 during a protest against the Vietnam War, he moved to Buffalo in 1973 to attend graduate school. A life-long political activist, he retired from a thirty-year career as social worker and union representative in 2005. Currently, Grace is a steward in NYSUT and serves on the state committee of the Working Families Party.
Victoria Conklin has been an organizer with Starbucks Workers United since January 2022. She was fired less than a week after her store’s victory after five years at Starbucks
This event is free and open to the public
Books will be available for sale by Talking Leaves Books
Presented in conjunction with Hallwalls, Fitz Books & Waffles, and Burning Books
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to reproductive rights and social justice organizations.