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Kathleen Dorothy Blackburn — Loose of Earth - with Lily Meyer — at Union Market

Location 1324 4th Street NE Washington, DC 20002
Date Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Duration   1 hours
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Kathleen Dorothy Blackburn's upcoming event, "Loose of Earth," promises to be a captivating exploration of the pernicious effects of environmental catastrophe and the desperate search for miracles in the face of overwhelming adversity. Blackburn, a talented writer, and professor at the University of Chicago, will be in conversation with Lily Meyer, a renowned writer, translator, and critic, at Union Market in Washington, D.C. on May 4, 2024. Blackburn's work, "Loose of Earth," delves into the personal story of her own family, who were entangled in a larger, less visible environmental crisis. Growing up in a devoutly evangelical household in Lubbock, Texas, Blackburn's family sought solace in extreme religious practices and alternative healing methods when her father, a former Air Force pilot, was diagnosed with cancer at the young age of thirty-eight. What they didn't know at the time was that their lives were intertwined with a larger environmental catastrophe – the presence of PFAS, or "forever chemicals," in the local water supply, a result of fire-fighting foams used on nearby military sites. Blackburn's work promises to be a powerful and arresting portrait of the devastating impact of environmental decline and a poignant cry for environmental justice. Through her personal narrative, she explores the desperate futility and unbending religious faith that consumed her family, leaving them waiting for a miracle that would never come. Attendees of this event will have the unique opportunity to hear Blackburn and Meyer engage in a thought-provoking discussion about the themes and implications of "Loose of Earth." This event is free and open to the public, with first-come, first-served seating, making it an accessible and compelling opportunity for anyone interested in environmental justice, personal narratives, or the intersection of faith and science. Whether you're a fan of Blackburn's work, a lover of literary discussions, or simply someone who cares about the pressing environmental issues of our time, this event at Union Market is not to be missed. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this captivating exploration of the human experience in the face of environmental crisis.

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