DGI launches a reading group around Graeber’s latest essay collection in Fall 2024

Published on: July 8 / 2024

This fall, we are starting a new program to supplement David Graeber’s new collection of essays The Ultimate Hidden Truth of the World…, edited and with an introduction by Nika Dubrovsky, which will be out in November. We will begin on the 2nd of September, in commemoration of David’s death.

The first event will be facilitated by Dyan Neary, a writer, journalist, academic, and documentary filmmaker whose feature stories and essays appeared in New York Magazine, Elle, The New York Times, the New York Review of Books, Writer’s Digest, The Nation, the Florida Trident, and elsewhere. Dyan is a professor of journalism at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She was a close friend of David’s for more than 20 years, used to share David’s family apartment in Chelsea alongside her daughter, and knew his mom Ruth Rubinstein. Together, we are going to look at David’s essay I didn’t understand how widespread rape was. Then the penny dropped

The first part of the series will focus on the collection’s opening essay, There Never Was a West, with Cory Doctorow, Marcus Rediker, and Greg Yudin facilitating discussion on several aspects of the work. Other guest speakers, who will join the group in 2025, include James Schneider, Steven Bachelor, Philippe Pirotte, and Vera Mey. More participants along with details about the upcoming events will be announced shortly.

Each reading group, facilitated by a special guest speaker, will occur on the first Thursday of every month (except for Dyan Neary’s inaugural event on September 2nd and David’s birthday on February 12th).

All events are accessible to anyone wishing to discuss David’s essays from the collection with guest speakers. Following the event, video recordings will be publicly available on DGI’s YouTube channel

We will also launch a creative social media campaign to support the upcoming program soon.

October 3rd
“There Never Was a West”: part 1
discussion with Cory Doctorow

November 7th
“There Never Was a West”: part 2
discussion with Marcus Rediker

December 5th
“There Never Was a West”: part 3
Greg Yudin
in conversation with Mirko Canevaro