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With Zachary Wood (Wall Street Journal).
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 06:00 PM   $20
Grand Central Tech, 335 Madison Ave

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An intimate author's series & book talk featuring some of the world's most influential writers. Come to engage with some of the world's leading storytellers, change-agents, & big picture thinkers as they discuss their latest work & lead insightful & provocative conversations. Together, we want to empower our local community to gather around topics & issues that matter.

The purchase of your ticket includes a hardcover copy of the authors book, wine, & beer. We thank you for supporting Zachary & his work!

Uncensored: My Life & Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of Black & White America

Rooted in his own powerful personal story, twenty-one-year-old Zachary Wood shares his dynamic perspective on free speech, race, & dissenting opinions--in a world that sorely needs to learn to listen.

As the president of the student group Uncomfortable Learning at Williams College, Zachary Wood knows all about intellectual controversy. From John Derbyshire to Charles Murray, there's no one Zach refuses to debate or engage with simply because he disagrees with their beliefs--sometimes vehemently so--and this controversial view has given him a unique platform on college campuses & in the media.

But Zach has never shared the details of his own personal story, & how he came to be a crusader for open dialogue & free speech. In Uncensored, he reveals for the first time how he grew up poor & black in Washington, DC, in an environment where the only way to survive was to resist the urge to write people off because of their backgrounds & their perspectives.

By sharing his troubled upbringing--from a difficult early childhood filled with pain, uncertainty, & conflict to the struggles of code-switching between his home in a rough neighborhood & his elite private school--Zach makes a compelling argument for a new way of interacting with others, in a nation & a world that has never felt more polarized. In Uncensored, he hopes to foster a new outlook on society's most difficult conversations, both on campus & beyond.

Zachary R. Wood is a Robert L. Bartley Fellow at The Wall Street Journal & a class of 2018 graduate of Williams College, where he served as president of Uncomfortable Learning, a student group that sparked national controversy for inviting provocative speakers to campus. His recent work has appeared in The WSJ, The Washington Post, HuffPost, TED, & more.
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