Events downtown

Nov 16

Author Engagement Series: The Cost of Free Land by Rebecca Clarren
Location: 1342 Congress Street, Portland, Maine 04102, US
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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You’re invited to join us for a special event featuring award-winning journalist, and American author, Rebecca Clarren.

Growing up, Clarren only knew the major plot points of her tenacious immigrant family’s origins. Her great-great-grandparents fled antisemitism in Russia, and settled in South Dakota, becoming an American immigrant success story. What none of her ancestors discussed was that their land had been cruelly taken from the Lakota by the US government.

With deep empathy and clarity of purpose, Clarren grapples with the personal and national consequences of these legacies of violence and disposition.

The Cost of Free Land not only retells this entangled history, but grapples with what can be done to reconcile the past. Please join Clarren and a panel of experts for a spirited discussion, followed by a book signing at the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine.