Fort Lee Public Library

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7pm
Recent events have shown that race is a topic that has been largely ignored by vast groups of people in the U.S. Many feel that because they are not racist, nor do they feel the impact of racism personally, that the issue of race is not relevant to them. Our country has a deep history of racism and oppression stemming from slavery, and while some progress has been made, systemic racism still exists. Join the FLPL for this panel discussion which will cover the importance of the current discussion of race in America and provide guidance on how each and every conversation on race can be a meaningful step on a path towards change. Moderated by Jackie Lue Raia, President ALEXENCA Consulting, LLC.


Taryn Abrahams
Taryn Abrahams, a corporate behavioral and human interaction expert, helps companies implement behavioral best practices to improve workplace interpersonal relations and holistically strengthen corporate culture. Leveraging her experience as a psychotherapist, Taryn’s innovative suite of workshops, coaching and consulting services are behaviorally focused and are designed to enhance employee morale, foster collaborative and productive workplace environments, and nurture employee loyalty and ambassadorship. 
As part of her practice, Taryn conducts workplace training on anti-harassment and anti-discrimination with a sensitivity to compliance standards in all 50 U.S. States and Puerto Rico. Taryn’s unique approach consisting of executive training, behavioral consulting, one-on-one and group training is all designed to strengthen workplace culture. Taryn has spoken around the country in various capacities on topics such as fostering a harassment free work environment, fostering cultures of respect and civility, and increasing workplace emotional intelligence. Taryn has worked with leadership teams of all sizes and culture backgrounds to improve collaboration and corporate culture.

Dr. Clarence Lusane
Dr. Clarence Lusane is a Professor of International Relations and former Chair of the Political Science Department at Howard University. He is an activist and scholar, and a well-respected expert in the areas of human rights, African American politics, global race relations, U.S. elections, and international relations.  He has lectured on these topics in over 70 countries including China, Colombia, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Haiti, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Russia, Rwanda, S. Korea, Switzerland, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe among others. He is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles and eight books on human rights, U.S. and black politics, globalization, and European history. Dr. Lusane’s last book is The Black History of the White House. The book led to two presentations at the White House during the Obama presidency. . His next book, $20 and Change: Harriet Tubman, Andrew Jackson, and the Struggle for a Radical Democracy in the Neo-Liberal Era, is scheduled for release in 2021 by City Lights Books.  

Dr. Michael Sharpe
Dr. Michael Orlando Sharpe is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at York College of the City University of New York and an Adjunct Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute. His  areas of expertise are comparative politics and international relations and his research interests concern looking comparatively at the politics of migration, immigrant political incorporation, and political transnationalism in the Netherlands, Japan, and around the world. Dr. Sharpe has given guest lectures and presentations about his work at several venues including Harvard University, Columbia University, University of Amsterdam, NL, Institute of Social Studies, NL, Sophia University, Japan, University of Tsukuba, Japan, Villanova University, University of Manchester, UK, Southern Methodist University, Stanford University, University of Aruba, University of Curacao, and Keio University, Japan. His first book entitled Postcolonial Citizens and Ethnic Migration: The Netherlands and Japan in the Age of Globalization (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) provides a cross-regional investigation of the role of citizenship and ethnicity in migration, exploring the political realities of Dutch Antilleans in the Netherlands and Latin American Nikkeijin in Japan. His second book is on the politics of racism and antiracism in Japan. Dr. Sharpe has been a resident of Fort Lee some 20 years and a Member of the Fort Lee Library Board of Trustees since 2015.

Registration is required for Zoom programs. You will receive an email 24 hours before the event with login details. The virtual room opens 5 minutes before the event. If you receive a message that the room is closed, please try again closer to the event time. Questions? Contact the Reference Desk at or call 201-592-3614/5.

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