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Contemporary Conversations

Contemporary Conversations is a series of talks about cultural and current issues with journalists, authors and other relevant speakers. Sponsored by MCPL and Friends of the Library, Montgomery County.

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Future Topic: A Conversation between Haitian-American writers Edwidge Danticat and Katia D. Ulysse. Please save the date 9/12 @ 7:00 PM.

Contemporary Conversations: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Right to Vote

Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Right to Vote

August 22, 2020
7:00 PM
Virtual Event

This event is in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote in the USA. The program will provide presentations from scholar and University Archivist at Morgan State University, Dr. Ida E. Jones, and from journalist and Curator of Programming for Planet Word Museum, Rebecca Boggs Roberts.

Author of several African American biographies, Dr. Jones will discuss her work about two relevant women, “Mary McLeod Bethune, Democracy and the Fight for Universal Suffrage” and “Baltimore City Rights Leader Victorine Q. Adams, the Power of the Ballot.” Ms. Roberts will discuss her books about the suffragist movement: “Suffragist in Washington, D.C. – The 1913 Parade and the Fight for the Vote” and “The Suffragist Playbook: Your Guide to Changing the World.”

Contemporary Conversations: Tope Folarin

Evan Glass

June 24, 2020
Virtual Event

Montgomery County Councilmember Evan Glass will facilitate a conversation about LGBTQ issues. Panel members include Claire Rudy Foster, Deacon Maccubin, Tyrese L. Coleman, and Beth Chandler.

Contemporary Conversations: Tope Folarin

Tope Folarin

February 22, 2020
Silver Spring Library

Nigerian-American author Tope Folarin will be talking about his experience as a writer. Mr. Folarin is the first writer based outside Africa to win the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013.

Contemporary Conversations: Joshua Johnson

Joshua Johnson

November 2, 2019
Silver Spring Library

Journalist Joshua Johnson will provide discus hosting 1A, one of the most important daily conversations in America. Inspired by the First Amendment, 1A explores significant confronting Americans.

Contemporary Conversations: Bob Levey

Bob Levey

May 11, 2019
Chevy Chase Library

Prize-winning journalist, former Washington Post columnist and TV-radio commentator Bob Levey will talk about his experience as a 37-year career reporter covering all aspects of life in the nation’s capital.

Joseph Esposito

Joseph Esposito

October 21, 2018
Rockville Memorial Library

Writer, historian and educator Joseph A. Esposito will talk about his 2018 book Dinner in Camelot, which is centered on a White House banquet hosting numerous Nobel prize winners.

Contemporary Conversations: Dinaw Mengestu

Dinaw Mengestu

June 9, 2018
Silver Spring Library

Award-winning author and MacArthur Foundation Fellow, Dinaw Mengestu will speak about his inspiration for his work The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears and his experiences as an Ethiopian immigrant.

Contemporary Conversations: Nancy Pearl

Nancy Pearl

March 25, 2018
Rockville Memorial Library

A recipient in 2011 of the Librarian of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Awards, Ms. Pearl will share the origins of her love of reading and libraries. Of course, she’ll suggest some great books to read.

Contemporary Conversations: Craig Dudnick

Craig Dudnick

October 14, 2017
Silver Spring Library

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Inspiration: Screening of Alice’s Ordinary People, a documentary by Craig Dudnick.


Contemporary Conversations: Hena Khan

Hena Khan

June 4, 2017
Silver Spring Library

Picture book and middle grade author Hena Khan will speak as part of the Contemporary Conversations series at MCPL.


Contemporary Conversations: Charles Lane

Charles Lane

May 7, 2017
Silver Spring Library

Washington Post editorial writer, Charles Lane, is weekly columnist for the Post and a contributor to the PostPartisan blog. Mr. Lane specializes in economic and fiscal policy.

Contemporary Conversations: David Ignatius

David Ignatius

April 1, 2017
Gaithersburg Library

David Ignatius, best-selling author and prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post, has been covering the Middle East and the CIA for more than twenty-five years.

Contemporary Conversations: Kojo Nnamdi

Kojo Nnamdi

March 4, 2017
Gaithersburg Library

Kojo Nnamdi, one of the most well-known interviewers and talk show hosts in the Washington, D.C. area will be the first speaker in the new Contemporary Conversations series @ MCPL.