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On Tuesday, May 7th at 5:30 pm the David M. Hunt Library will host Ryan Bernsten, author of “50 States of Mind: A Journey to Rediscover American Democracy,” will speak about his book. Bernsten undertook a 23,000-mile journey through all 50 states of his home country to answer the question: Is America as divided as it seems?

50 States of Mind: A Journey to Rediscover American Democracy is a work of travel nonfiction in the style of Alexis de Tocqueville that takes readers on a long and winding journey through all 50 states to explore the complexities of today’s America. Leading with the desire to listen and overcome preconceived notions, 50 States of Mind asks how to infuse humanity and nuance back into political conversations to keep democracy strong.

“I wanted to see for myself what was happening across America,” Bernsten says. “I was so inspired by problem-solving leaders of towns, non-profits, and small businesses across the country who are actively trying to improve their communities. You couldn’t tell by watching the news or scrolling, but there’s a lot to be optimistic about in America.”

Ultimately offering a hopeful vision for the future of America, 50 States of Mind is a must-read for anyone interested in better understanding the complexities of American democracy. This program is free and open to the public.

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