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January 12, 2022 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The postman on his bicycle, she envied him, envied his wheels kissing the cobbles, that he knew one language only, one country only, envied his undivided past, undivided from his future.

I Am Forbidden (2012) by Anouk Markovits is a novel following four generations of the Hasidic Stern family from the 1940s to modern day on their journey from Romania to eventually the United States.  The story primarily focuses their daughter Atara and their adopted daughter Mila.  While Mila grows daily stronger in her faith, Atara begins to question her religion as she discovers and learns more of the world around her.  Despite one daughter attempting to live true to her fundamentalist faith and the other grappling with growing doubts, the decisions both sisters make place them in peril of banishment from their community and family.

Registration is required and will open soon. Five free copies of the book will be able on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please note if you claim a free book and do not attend the discussion session, you will not be allowed to claim a free book in the future. Books will only be mailed to Delaware addresses.

Program Description

From now until September 2022, Delaware Humanities will be hosting events as part of the national A More Perfect Union initiative. This National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)'s initiative encourages projects that explore, reflect on, and tell the stories of our quest for a more just, inclusive, and sustainable society throughout our history. NEH especially welcomes projects that bring the perspective of the humanities to questions of racial justice, gender equality, the evolution of the American landscape, as well as America's place in the world. Delaware's execution of this program is titled "IDENTITY: Community Perspectives on Delaware’s History" where we will focus on projects that examine the lived experiences of Delawareans that impact their intersectional identities under the umbrella of our four core concepts: Environment & Health Culture & Community Media & Democracy Stories & Histories Our goals for A More Perfect Union are to offer enduring resources to our communities, promote civil discourse, preserve our mutual histories, and increase our understanding of identity and its impact on civic life. Join us for programming around A More Perfect Union and our cherishing of the Delaware story. On that note, you can listen to our ongoing podcast series made possible through partnership with Delaware Public Media. Episode 1: Delaware Identity Overview with Tom Byrne, DPM and Dr. Anne Boylan, UD Episode 2: Culture & Community with Dr. Alison Parker (UD), and Julissa Coriano and Noah Duckett (Orgullo Delaware) To stay up to date on this program and its additions, sign up for our email list, check our calendar, and/or follow us social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) to learn more about upcoming events. Does A More Perfect Union sound like an initiative your organization would like to support? We are always open to community partnerships for programming and resource development. Please contact us.