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Book Tour: When the Stars Begin to Fall

Come hear Brennan Center Fellows Director Theodore R. Johnson discuss his new book on how America can overcome racism and renew its promise.

Theodore R. Johnson Book Tour

Book Release: When the Stars Begin to Fall

June 9, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

PUBLICATION DAY – BOOK LAUNCH for Theodore R. Johnson’s When the Stars Begin to Fall!

Join the Brennan Center for Justice, the New York Public Library, and Ted as he holds his first event for his new book. He’ll be in conversation with historian and Brandeis University professor Leah Wright Rigueur.

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New America – Book Talk

June 10, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Join us for the book release of Theodore R. Johnson’s examination of the effects of racism in America and the path to national solidarity, to be moderated by Anne-Marie Slaughter (CEO, New America).

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American Enterprise Institute (AEI) – Book Talk

June 10, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Join us for a book conversation for Theodore R. Johnson’s When the Stars Begin to Fall with AEI Fellow and author Thomas Chatterton Williams.

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The Commonwealth Club of California – Book Talk

June 15, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Join us for a virtual discussion with Theodore Johnson, who begins his book When the Stars Begin to Fall by declaring that “Racism is an existential threat to America.” Johnson argues that our society’s continuing racism not only contradicts the American Promise enshrined in our Constitution that all men and women are inherently equal, but also continues to corrode our society after a quarter of a millennium.

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Nantucket Atheneum – Geschke Lecture Series: Theodore R. Johnson, How To Build A Multi-Racial National Solidarity

June 22, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Theodore R. Johnson begins his book When The Stars Begin To Fall: Overcoming Racism And Renewing The Promise of America (Atlantic Monthly Press, June 2021) by stating, 'Racism is an existential threat to America.”

Join us for a virtual conversation centered around the central theme of Johnson’s passionate literary debut – that the best way to counter systemic racism is through political action steeped in 'civil religion’ or a belief in the power of American ideals over differences in race, class, and ethnicity. Johnson sits down with Awista Ayub, director of the fellows program at Washington-based New America where Johnson wrote much of the book as an Eric & Wendy Schmidt Fellow.


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Quail Ridge Books – Hometown Book-Signing

June 29, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Ted returns to his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, for the first in-person event for his book. Raleigh is where much of the core portions of the book takes place, and Ted will discuss the challenge of race relations in America in the place where many of the lessons for solidarity came together for him. Join us!

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Politics & Prose

June 30, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Theodore R. Johnson comes to Politics & Prose and will be in conversation with CNN’s Karen Finney to discuss his new book, When the Stars Begin to Fall: Overcoming Racism and Renewing the Promise of America.

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