In conjunction with the Easton Public Library’s One Book/One Town Community Read, the Library will host a panel discussion on Saturday, February 27 at 2 p.m. The book, Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, explores themes of racism, tolerance, compassion, and social justice. The three panelists are Dr. Tekisha Dwan Everette, Karen Thorsen, and Nathalie Taranto.

Dr. Everette is currently the Executive Director of Health Equity Solutions in Connecticut. She has previously served as the Managing Director of Federal Government Affairs with the American Diabetes Association, and as a government relations consultant with Drinker, Biddle, and Reath, LLC, among various other positions. She earned her doctorate in Sociology from American University with a concentration in race, gender, and social justice as it relates to social policy. She received a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the Center of Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University and holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies from the same institution.

Easton resident Nathalie Taranto graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Nursing in Omaha, Neb. as an RN with a BS degree. She practiced as a labor and delivery, newborn nursery and floor nurse, then as office administrator for two OB/GYN physicians. Nathalie then earned an master’s degree in education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and went on to teach Child and Maternal Nursing.

Karen Thorsen, also an Easton resident, is an award-winning writer/filmmaker. Her feature-length documentary about author and civil rights activist James Baldwin, The Price of the Ticket , is now considered a classic. Thorsen’s has hosted film screenings and public forums about racism all over the country. She is currently writing a memoir of her collaboration with Baldwin, The Disorder of Life: James Baldwin on my Shoulder.

Registration is required at to receive the Zoom link.

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