Common Ground#913

Brooklyn Trail: The Activist Angler

Featuring Stephen Duncombe and Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper, with Elena Alexander


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Activist and author Stephen Duncombe joins Rail Editor-at-Large Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Elena Alexander.

In this talk

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Stephen Duncombe

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Stephen Duncombe is a life-long political activist and currently co-founder and Research Director of the Center for Artistic Activism, a research and training organization that helps activists create more like artists and artists strategize more like activists. Duncombe is also a Professor of Media and Culture at New York University and the author and editor of eight books and numerous articles on the intersection of culture and politics.

Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper

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Community builder Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper served as Senior Minister of Judson Memorial Church from 2006 to 2021. She was formerly at Coral Gables Congregational Church in Miami and before that at Yale University, and teaches leadership at the Hartford Seminary. As an elder, she is passionately concerned about leaving the next generation well-prepared for all they have to face. She has written over 35 books including Approaching End of Life: A Practical and Spiritual Guide (2015), Grace at Table: Small Spiritual Solutions to Large Material Problems, Solving Everything (2013), to her most recent book I Heart Francis: Letters to the Pope from an Unlikely Admirer (2016), among many others. She is an Editor-at-Large at the Rail.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Elena Alexander reading.

Elena Alexander

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Elena Alexander is a poet and writer. Her work appears in anthologies published by Penguin and New York UP, among others, and in publications including Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and American Letters and Commentary. Work can also be found in BOMB, the Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere. Alexander’s poem, “How the Lurking,” juried by four arts’ organizations, was made into a public poster, pasted to walls in Manhattan and the boroughs, alongside ads for music events, and sexy underwear. She was a full-time instructor, in Humanities, teaching Composition, Poetry, and Ethics, respectively, at New Jersey Institute of Technology, an adjunct, at Rutgers, Newark, and remains a writing workshop facilitator for seniors, for Poets & Writers.

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