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Athenaeum Symposia Speaker Series

Social Justice: Community Wellness
All events are FREE and open to the community.

Our distinguished speakers offer timely, stimulating topics delivered by today's leading experts in international affairs, social science, the humanities, arts, politics, and economics. These events encourage meaningful conversation, critical thinking, and intercultural understanding around our collective experiences.

This year’s speakers will explore the theme of Social Justice: Community Wellness. Our goal is to inspire respectful exchange of ideas among the Montgomery College community and the larger Montgomery County community, advancing the kinds of meaningful conversations that are ever-more important.

Upcoming Speaker Series

Remedies for Disappearing: An Author Talk with Alexa Patrick
February 26, 2024 | 12:30-2:00 PM | Germantown Campus, BE 151 | Register on Workdaynew window | View Event Flyer (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window)
Alexa Patrick

In this energizing event, writer and vocalist Alexa Patrick will perform poems from her debut collection Remedies for Disappearing (Haymarket Books 2023), and share the complicated stories around Black girlhood that inspired them. If you have wild aunties, if you have or haven't gone to a prom, if you have ever been 'the only" in a place where you so desperately wanted to be seen--this event is for you. Q+A and book signing to follow. 

Alexa Patrick (she/her) is a vocalist and poet from Connecticut. She is the author of Remedies for Disappearing (Haymarket Books, 2023) and holds fellowships from Cave Canem, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and more. Previous artistic partnerships of Alexa’s include Meta, Microsoft, the National Museum of Women in the Arts. In spring 2023, Alexa made her stage production debut as Un/Sung in the opera We Shall Not Be Moved, (dire. Bill T. Jones). You may find her work in publications including Adroit, CRWN Magazine, and The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic. Visit new windowfor more.


A collection of poetry that moves from family history and the heartbreaks of navigating a predominantly white high school into adulthood, exploring the ways the speaker’s experiences echo those of an expansive and intricate history of Black girls and women.

In this beautiful debut from an exciting new poet, Alexa Patrick’s Remedies for Disappearing memorializes Blackness in its quiet and unexpected forms, bringing the peripheral into focus. These poems muddy Black life and death, observe lineage and love stories, and question what “disappearing” teaches about Blackness and bodies.

All are also warmly invited to attend Germantown Athenaeum’s third annual virtual Open Mic on Thursday,February 29, 12:30-1:30, via Zoomnew window.

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