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Charleston Library Conference 

Feb 16, 2021

Audio from the opening keynote of the 2020 Charleston Library Conference, a presentation by Earl Lewis, Director of the University of Michigan Center for Social Solutions, moderated by Jim O’Donnell, University Librarian at Arizona State University.

Headlines scream, horns blare, neighbors march, bodies mount, and the pace of change never seems to abate. Life can seem out of control. America can appear divided along any number of fault lines. Against this backdrop, Earl Lewis argues that leading requires more than managing change, it requires a focus on building a community of grace.

Video of the presentation available at