Olio Breakfast Club | Our Hidden Truths

Patricia Kim at Greenberg's Bagels @ North 3rd St. Market

Sun, Sep 8 at 10 a.m.   |   90 minutes

We'll meet at Greenberg's Bagels to discuss Nella Larsen's Passing as it relates to social justice, truth, and individual narratives over over coffee and bagels.

Olio Breakfast Club will be a monthly series dedicated to gathering and discussing one classic text over coffee and bagels. Our version of a book club, led by a great teacher. This week: 'Passing' by Nella Larsen

Patricia Kim, english professor and social worker will give us a unique perspective on a classic text which is encouraged but not essential to read ahead of time. This series, centering around the theme of social justice, will provide a foundation to speak to mental health as a significant and fundamental factor in each respective narrative--both book and self.

This Olio will discuss 'Passing 'by Nella Larsen. Larsen's tragedy provides us an opportunity to talk about ourselves. More importantly, her narrative will serve to help us interrogate our respective truths. What truths do we--individually and collectively--work to hide? what truths no longer take work and are simply hidden by habit and forgetting?

Questions to keep in mind:

How do you feel about these characters as they relate to you?

Where do you find yourself emotionally invested? why or why not?

“Lies, injustice, and hypocrisy are a part of every ordinary community. Most people achieve a sort of protective immunity, a kind of callousness, toward them. If they didn’t, they couldn’t endure.” - Nella Larsen

Teacher: Patricia Kim

Patricia Kim received her MFA from Columbia University and teaches Composition and Literature classes at Baruch College while completing a novel. She is a licensed social worker who worked for the Mental Health Service Corps. (MHSC) under New York's Thrive initiative and is now a reentry social worker on Rikers Island, providing services to the population of patients on Rikers with serious mental


Venue: Greenberg's Bagels @ North 3rd St. Market

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