March 1 – American Politics & Community Today: Reading & Discussion Series (Session 1)

American Politics & Community Today: Reading & Discussion Series. This series is possible through a generous grant by the Humanities New York foundation, and the Roxbury Arts Group.







Wednesday, March 1, 15, 29 and ending on April 12.

The Reading and Discussion group will meet between 6:00 – 7:30p at the Roxbury Arts Center
5025 Vega Mountain Road
Roxbury NY

What does it mean to be an American in the 21st century? What does a model American do, and what responsibilities do Americans have to their communities and to each other? Have the answers to these questions changed over the history of the United States? Questions such as these will be explored in this new Reading & Discussion Series being offered by the Roxbury Arts Group.

For this first meeting of the Reading & Discussion Series, participants are asked to read the Prologue and Part One of Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown v. Board of Education by Danielle S. Allen before the first gathering on Wednesday, March 1. Participants are able to borrow books directly from the Roxbury Arts Group for this program. To request a copy, email Miguel Martinez Riddle at or call 607.326.7908.

Leading the discussion series is Margaretville resident Jennifer Kabat. Kabat, a writer and essayist, is also a co-founder of the collaborative essay site, The Weeklings. She has been a guest critic at Yale, the Rhode Island School of Design, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, and other institutions. Her writing has been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, BOMB, Harper’s, The Believer, The White Review, Salon, The Guardian, and Granta, among others. She has recieved multiple grants to support her writing and was recently artist-in-residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts in California. She teaches contemporary art and theory at New York University and design writing at the School of Visual Arts. Currently she is finishing up a collection of essays GROWING UP MODERN exploring civic values from where she grew up outside of Washington DC to where she lives now right here in the Catskills.