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Evenings with an Author: Peter Gumbel in conversation with Charles Fleming [Virtual Public Event; RSVP Required]

November 25 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

*Covid-19 Update: This fall, the Library’s Evening with an Author series will continue to meet virtually, via Zoom. These events, which are free and open to the public, require advance sign up. Evenings with an Author programs begin at 19h30 (Central European Time). Please check eLibris or our programs calendar for updates and line-up.

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Citizens of Everywhere: Searching for Identity in the Age of Brexit

In 1939, with Europe on the brink of war, Peter Gumbel’s grandparents fled Nazi Germany for England. In 2019, appalled by the result of the Brexit referendum and the ugliness it exposed in the UK’s politics and wider society, he became a citizen of Germany, the country that had persecuted his grandparents eighty years earlier. How had it come to this? In his latest book, Citizens of Everywhere, Gumbel uses the story of his family to explore existential issues of identity and belonging in today’s unsettled world. In this Evening with an Author, he will discuss the essay and reflect on its key themes: the resurgence of a nationalistic world view, the growing multiplicity of identity in the digital age, and a surprising reversal of roles as Germany replaces Britain as the hope-bearer in Europe.


Peter Gumbel is a Paris-based writer and editor. He spent sixteen years at the Wall Street Journal, including postings in New York, Moscow, Berlin, and Los Angeles, and moved to Paris in 2002 to cover European business and the economy for Time Magazine. In 2006, the Work Foundation named him Journalist of the Year. He is the author of four books on France, including a best-selling critique of the French education system, On achève bien les écoliers (“They Shoot School Kids, Don’t They?”)

Peter will be interviewed by Charles Fleming, a communications consultant and former Wall Street Journal reporter.


To purchase Citizens of Everywhere, click here.

Evenings with an Author are generously sponsored by GRoW @ Annenberg


November 25
19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min
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