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Conversation: "Main Street: How a City’s Heart Connects Us All"

Authors Mindy & Robert Fullilove discuss Mindy's new book Main Street: How a City’s Heart Connects Us All, with Alice Green of the Center for Law and Justice.

Premieres 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21

Video will be available for viewing at your convenience following the premiere.

Main Street: How a City’s Heart Connects Us All is available to order from The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza:

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, is an American social psychiatrist who focuses on the ways environmental factors affect the mental health of communities. She is the author of Main Street: How a City’s Heart Connects Us All, which provides a framework for those who wish to see their communities revitalized and encourages us all to look both inward and outward to find the assets that already exist to create meaningful change. She is Professor of Urban Policy and Health at The New School’s Milano School of Policy, Management & Environment. She has numerous published articles and six other books, including URBAN ALCHEMY: Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities and ROOT SHOCK: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It.

Robert E. Fullilove, EdD is the Associate Dean for Community and Minority Affairs, Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences and the co-director of the Cities Research Group at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.

The Time for Reckoning: Confronting Systemic Racism, Seeking Justice and Reimagining Society presents four themed weeks addressing community concerns. The symposium culminates during the week of October 26, when public TV station WMHT will air a segment of its New York Now program devoted to The Time for Reckoning symposium.

For more information on the symposium visit:

The Time for Reckoning is a production of The NYS Writers Institute and The Center for Law and Justice and collaborators WMHT, the Times Union, the Justice Center of Rensselaer County, All Of Us, Youth FX, Amnesty International USA, and other community partners.

Themes for the month-long Time for Reckoning series

Week 1:

The impact of systemic racism in Capital Region communities.

Week 2:

Highlight issues of trust between community members and the government officials who serve them -- particularly police.

Watch video: Susan Burton, the founder and executive director of A New Way of Life, and co-author, with Cari Lynn, of Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women.

Watch video: Amnesty International USA's Roger-Mark De Souza in-conversation with Paul Grondahl

Week 3 beginning October 19:

Explore possible avenues of reform to ameliorate systemic racism.

Video premiere 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21: Main Street: How a City’s Heart Connects Us All with Mindy & Robert Fullilove and Alice Green

Week 4 beginning October 26:

The final week will address accountability --- how can the community monitor government actions to guard against further injustices due to systemic racism?

9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26: A New York NOW special edition: Time for Reckoning panel discussion. Visit

Video premiere 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28: Derik Smith, executive board member for Albany’s Center for Law and Justice, in conversation with Paul Grondahl


Also tonight:

A virtual talk with Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman for her new picture book Natalie Portman’s Fables, joined by Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and a 1976 UAlbany graduate.

This event is brought to you in partnership with Porter Square Books, an independent bookstore located in Cambridge, Mass.

Event date: 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 21

Event address: Your computer screen via Crowdcast.

* Tickets may be purchased at


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