The issue of identity politics is the hot topic in today’s America. Some feel we are free to choose our identities at will. Others treat culture as if it were a piece of property that belongs to one group alone. Identity politics has been challenged as ruining democracy. Our study group will read and discuss two short books: The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity by Kwame Appiah (W.W. Norton, 2018) and Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment by Francis Fukuyama (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2018) to help explore the concept of identity and provide direction for discussion. Both authors approach the topic from their perspectives regarding philosophy, sociology, politics, history and religion. They not only explain identity, they even suggest a way out of the “identity trap.” Please join us for a series of challenging discussions. Participants will act as discussion leaders and will have the opportunity to guide the study group through a variety of new perspectives, which are always welcome. Additional timely, relevant articles may be added to each discussion. These sessions will be anything but dull!