Against the Grain: On Conscience and Conviction
It takes both courage and conviction to go against the grain and adopt contrarian positions in the face of social pressures and mass opinion. A panel of very different voices examines strategies of steadfast truth telling. Margo Jefferson, the author of ‘Negroland: A Memoir’ speaks of the contradictions of authenticity and identity among the black elite. Levy is an individual who stands determinedly against the common view of the society in which he lives, seen by some Israelis as a courageous truth-teller and widely condemned as a propagandist for Hamas. Ryan Gattis is the author of Kung Fu High School, The Big Drop: Homecoming & Impermanence, and All Involved: A Novel of the 1992 L.A. David Barsamian is the Director of Alternative Radio and has engaged with public intellectuals of the world in his line of work as a radio broadcaster and journalist. Together they discuss their experiences of swimming against the tide of prejudice and popular perception.