Daytime Book Club Meeting the Third Thursday of Every Month

The Great Decisions Book Club will continue to meet from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the Swanson branch of the Omaha Public Library.

The club will meet on May 16 to discuss The War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence by Ronan Farrow, and to discuss future books to review.

Add these events to your calendar via Google Calendar.

Books After Dark: Join Us to Discuss ‘Becoming’ by Michelle Obama on April 2

“There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others.”

Michelle Obama in ‘Becoming’

Join us in discussion of Michelle Obama’s Becoming. The book club discussion will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2 at the new LWVGO office on the fourth floor of the AIM Institute building.

Becoming is the autobiographical memoir of former United States First Lady Michelle Obama published in 2018. Described by the author as a deeply personal experience, the book talks about her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother.

This event is open and free to the public. You can optionally RSVP on Facebook.

Where do I park at AIM?

You can park behind the AIM Institute building at 1905 Harney St. Enter via Howard St. to 19th Ave., parking on the garage roof and then entering onto the second floor of the building. Take the elevator to the fourth floor, then turn left to find the office.

Books After Dark: Join Us to Discuss ‘Sister Citizen’ by Melissa V. Harris-Perry on Feb. 27

Not a traditional political science work concerned with office-seeking, voting, or ideology, Sister Citizen instead explores how African American women understand themselves as citizens and what they expect from political organizing.

Yale University Press description of the book

Join us in discussion of Melissa V. Harris-Perry’s Sister Citizen. The book club discussion will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Corkscrew Wine & Cheese, 10924 Prairie Brook Rd.

This event is open and free to the public. You can optionally RSVP on Facebook.

Great Decisions Book Club Launches for 2019

Every year, LWVGO hosts a discussion group called Great Decisions, based on materials produced by the nonpartisan Foreign Policy Association.

Great Decisions runs on Thursday afternoons at the Swanson branch of the Omaha Public Library, launching on Jan. 10 and ending March 7 (the group will skip Feb. 14 and any days that the library is closed due to snow). Its strengths lie in tying together many individual news items into a cohesive whole, raising in-depth questions, then encouraging each person to decide the best policy.

Beginning with a short movie on the week’s reading, last year’s group tackled issues such as policies toward China, Russia, Global Health, and a comparison between Woodrow Wilson and Donald Trump. Some of this year’s segments include Refugees and Global Migration, The Rise of Populism in Europe, Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics, and The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested.

To participate in the discussion, order your own briefing book (as soon as possible) from fpa.org. Cost this year is $32 plus shipping.

Event Dates & Topics

All Great Decisions discussions take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Swanson Branch of the Omaha Public Library, 9101 W Dodge Rd. Optionally RSVP on Facebook or contact web@lwvgo.org with any questions.

  • Jan. 10: Intro – American Foreign Policy in 2019: a Framework for Analysis  +  Refugees and Global Migration
  • Jan. 17: The Middle East: Regional Disorder
  • Jan. 24: Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future
  • Jan. 31: The Rise of Populism in Europe
  • Feb. 7: Decoding U.S. China Trade
  • Feb. 21: Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics
  • Feb. 28: The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested
  • March 7: State of the State Department and Diplomacy

Books After Dark: “It’s Up to the Women” by Eleanor Roosevelt Discussion on Jan. 15

“Women, whether subtly or vociferously, have always been a tremendous power in the destiny of the world.” – Eleanor Roosevelt in “It’s Up to the Women”

Join us in the New Year to discuss “It’s Up to the Women” by Eleanor Roosevelt with us!

We’re meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 at Corkscrew Wine & Cheese, 10924 Prairie Brook Rd.

Stealing America, Vote By Vote: Join Us at LWVGO’s First-Ever Doc Club

LWVGO’s brand-new documentary club will be discussing its first watch, Stealing America: Vote By Vote, at 11 a.m. on Sat., Oct. 6 at Big Mama’s Cafe, 3223 N. 45th St., Building A.

Watch the film for free online before joining the discussion. 

STEALING AMERICA: Vote by Vote brings together behind-the-scenes perspectives from the U.S. presidential election of 2004 – plus startling stories from key races in 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2006. Unbiased and nonpartisan, the film sheds light on a decade of vote counts that don’t match votes cast – uncounted ballots, vote switching, undervotes and many other examples of election totals that warrant serious investigation.
Throughout STEALING AMERICA, we hear from voters who experienced a wide range of problems, including those whose votes flipped from one candidate to another and those whose polls didn’t have enough machines to serve the number of voters. Investigative journalists describe how their reportage on election fraud was sidelined.
First-person citizen testimonies speak of waiting in line nine hours to vote. We hear how polling experts’ requests for essential information – such as precinct voting data necessary to examine irregularities – had been rejected, while ballots were being systematically destroyed, making audits impossible.

Read more on the documentary’s website.

LWVGO Doc Club Announces First Meeting

LWVGO’s brand-new documentary club will be discussing its first watch, Stealing America: Vote By Vote, at 11 a.m. on Sat., Oct. 6 at Big Mama’s Cafe, 3223 N. 45th St., Building A.

Watch the film for free online before joining the discussion. 

STEALING AMERICA: Vote by Vote brings together behind-the-scenes perspectives from the U.S. presidential election of 2004 – plus startling stories from key races in 1996, 2000, 2002 and 2006. Unbiased and nonpartisan, the film sheds light on a decade of vote counts that don’t match votes cast – uncounted ballots, vote switching, undervotes and many other examples of election totals that warrant serious investigation.
Throughout STEALING AMERICA, we hear from voters who experienced a wide range of problems, including those whose votes flipped from one candidate to another and those whose polls didn’t have enough machines to serve the number of voters. Investigative journalists describe how their reportage on election fraud was sidelined.
First-person citizen testimonies speak of waiting in line nine hours to vote. We hear how polling experts’ requests for essential information – such as precinct voting data necessary to examine irregularities – had been rejected, while ballots were being systematically destroyed, making audits impossible.

Read more on the documentary’s website.

Books After Dark Announces First Book Club Read: The Woman’s Hour

LWVGO’s brand-new book club, Books After Dark, held its first meeting and decided on its first book to read and next meeting time.

Books After Dark will be reading The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Elaine Weiss. 

Anyone is welcome to read the book and join in on the discussion, which will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at Corkscrew Wine & Cheese in Rockbrook Village. Share the event on Facebook, or pass along this post to friends.

The book is available to order online or to check out from the Omaha Public Library.

Please send any questions about Books After Dark to kfox@lwvgo.org.

Evening Book Club Launches Aug. 21

LWVGO is a launching a new book club that will meet in the evening. The book club will have its first meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at Spirit World, 6680 Center St.
Our first meeting will be a “planning” meeting for us to discuss what book we want to read together, where we should hold future meetings, and when we should meet.
The following books have been recommended. Please review and see which you’d be most interested in or bring additional suggestions:
  • Give Us the Ballot – Ari Berman
  • Secrets We Keep: Three Women of Trinidad – Krystal A Sital
  • Loaded – Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
  • Visionary Women – Andrea Barnet
  • It’s Up to the Women – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • The Women’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote – Elaine Weiss

Contact us with any questions.