Thomas Sowell, one of America’s foremost black conservative intellectuals, always strives to deepen our insights into many social and historical issues. Sometimes he challenges conventional wisdom head-on and at other times provides an insightful deepening of our knowledge of what we think we already “know”. Hoover Institution Fellow Sowell challenges many of the long-prevailing assumptions about black culture, about Jews, about Germans, about slavery, and about education. Plainly written, powerfully reasoned, and backed with a startling array of documented facts, Black Rednecks and White Liberals by Thomas Sowell (Encounter Books, 2005) takes on not only the trendy intellectuals of our times but also such historic interpreters of American life as Alexis de Tocqueville and Frederick Law Olmsted. For example, in his essay The Real History of Slavery, Sowell, while firmly convinced of the evil of slavery, broadens our perspective by defending Western culture itself against charges that it was uniquely culpable for slavery. In fact, he contends, it was uniquely responsible for eradicating slavery. Please join us in looking at world history and culture through a different lens — we should be in for some stimulating and controversial discussion.