Activist Ady Barkan became the focus of national media attention after confronting Senator Jeff Flake about the GOP tax bill, income inequality and healthcare costs on a 2017 commercial airline flight. His story was also highlighted by Elizabeth Warren at the first Democratic Party presidential debate. On October 24, Barkan returns to Claremont to read from his new memoir, Eyes to the Wind, at Pomona College. The reading will be followed by a Q&A session facilitated by Barkan's wife, Rachael King.
Barkan is a social justice activist who has built three programs at The Center for Popular Democracy: the Be A Hero and Fed Up campaigns and the Local Progress network. He was a law clerk to the Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin in the Southern District of New York and prior to that he was a Liman Fellow with Make the Road New York, where he represented low-wage workers seeking to recover unpaid wages and obtain safe and dignified working conditions. He graduated from Yale Law School and Columbia University. He lives with his wife Rachael and their young son Carl in Santa Barbara, California. Eyes to the Wind is his first book.
In this inspirational and moving memoir, Barkan explores his life with ALS and how his diagnosis gave him a profound new understanding of his commitment to social justice for all. From one of today’s most vocal advocates for social justice, Eyes to the Wind is an evocative and unforgettable memoir about activism, dedication, love and hope.
- Pomona College
- Rose Hills Theatre, Smith Campus Center
- 170 E. Sixth Street
Free admission with open seating, no tickets.