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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
6:00 PM


Seminary Co-op Bookstore


Free and open to the public


Seminary Co-op Bookstore
(773) 752-4381


David Masciotra discusses "Barack Obama: Invisible Man." He will be joined in conversation by Salim Muwakkil.

At the Co-op

About the book: "Barack Obama: Invisible Man" is a provocative examination of President Barack Obama and his legacy. Masciotra contends that most Americans, frightened over the loss of white authority, were unable to deal with the historical, racial, and political implications of electing the first black president. The right distorted Obama into a monster, while many on the left set him up to fail with unrealistic expectations. The man who emerges from the ashes of caricature is not only an accomplished—if flawed—president, but a cultural figure of profound importance who challenged America's increasingly anti- intellectual anxiety with a stirring and subversive message of hope.

About the author: David Masciotra is the author of "Working On a Dream: The Progressive Political Vision of Bruce Springsteen," "Mellencamp: American Troubadour," "Metallica," and a forthcoming collection of personal essays. He is a cultural columnist with Salon. He lives with his wife and cats in Indiana, where he teaches writing and literature courses at the university level.

About the interlocutor: Salim Muwakkil is a senior editor at In These Times magazine. He hosts a weekly radio program on radio station WVON-AM in Chicago. Muwakkil wrote the text for the book: "Harold!: Photographs From The Harold Washington Years" (Northwestern University Press, 2007).