Virtual Micro Branch for the International Festival of Arts & Ideas

Each year, the New Haven Free Public Library curates a collection of books, movies, music, and other media that reflect the diversity of Arts & Ideas programming––and this year is no different! The NHFPL Micro Branch features all-digital selections available to check out with a library card, including ebooks, audiobooks, adult and children’s picks, and titles relating to this year’s NEA Big Read, Advice from the Lights by Stephanie Burt.

See the Festival’s Ideas Series below – follow the links to join live events or watch the recordings afterwards. Browse the library resources accompanying each program and check them out with your library card.


Songwriting as Radical Imagination
An Activist Songbook Discussion with Byron Au Yong Aaron Jafferis
Tuesday, May 12, 7 PM

Why Dylan Matters by Richard F. Thomas Find it!

Musician Activists Part of the Series: Advocates of Change (Film) Find it!

Inside John Lennon (Film) Find it!

The Singing Revolution – Non-Violent Protest in Estonia (Film) Find it!

Dixie: The True Story of America’s Most Dangerous Song (Film) Find it!

Woody Guthrie and the Dust Bowl Ballads by Nick Hayes Find it!


Stephanie Burt in Conversation
A Conversation with Stephanie Burt and Eric Maroney
Thursday, May 14, 7 PM

After Callimachus by Stephanie Burt Find it!

The Forms of Youth by Stephanie Burt Find it!

“Over Atlanta” by Stephanie Burt Find it!

Poetry in Motion (Film) Find it!

The Poetic Experience (Film) Find it!

Why Poetry by Matthew Zapruder Find it!


Wealth in Our Democracy
A Conversation with Anand Giridharadas
Tuesday, May 19, 7 PM

What’s Income Inequality? by Joseph Stanley Find it!

Capitalism: A Love Story (Film) Find it!

Wealth By Stealth: America’s Trojan Horse by Rolf Hackman Find it!

Income Inequality in Capitalist Democracies by Vicki Birchfield Find it!

Summary: Winner-Take All Politics by Jacob Hacker Find it!

Requiem for the American Dream: Ten Principles of Wealth and Power by Noam Chomsky Find it!


The Role of Artists in Democracy
A Conversation with Richard Blanco, Larissa Fasthorse, Katy Rubin
Thursday, May 26, 7 PM

What is Democracy?: A Philosophical Journey (Film) Find it!

Art and Conscientization: Theatre of the Oppressed Series by Claus Schrowange Find it!

The American Artist (Film) Find it!

Historic Theaters of New York’s Capital District by John A. Miller Find it!

The Barefoot Artist (Film) Find it!

The Artists Guide to Grant Writing by Gigi Rosenberg Find it!


Constitution Cafe: The Role of Government During Pandemic
A Conversation with Linda Pollack
Wednesday, June 3, 5 PM

Dynamic World of Infectious Disease (Film) Find it!

A Pandemic Proposal: Viral Vitality by Art Toalston Find it!

How Wealth Rules the World by Ben Price Find it!

The Resilient Leader by Christine Perakis Find it!

The Handmaid’s Tale By Margaret Atwood Find it!

“Our Broken Constitution” by Jeffrey Toobin Find it!


Democracy, Pandemic, and How We Move Forward
A Conversation with Miles Rapoport, Heather C. McGhee, María Teresa Kumar, and Archon Fung
Thursday, June 4, 7 PM

Unhealthy Politics: The Battle Over Evidence-Based Medicine by Eric Patashnik, Alan Gerber, Conor Dowling Find it!

Emergency Management in Public Health: The H1N1 Example (Film) Find it!

The Epidemiology of Plague (Film) Find it!

The Economics and Politics of Health by Rita Ricardo-Campbell Find it!

Epidemic: Ebola and the Global Scramble to Prevent the Next Killer Outbreak by Reid Wilson Find it!

The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World by Vivek Murthy MD Find it!


Democracy, Refugees, and Asylum
A Conversation with Quan T. Tran and sociologist Jasmina Besirevic-Regan
Presented in partnership with IRIS – Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services 
Friday June 5, 5 PM

Climate Refugees (Film) Find it!

The Ungrateful Refugee by Dina Nayeri Find it!

The Unwanted: Stories of Syrian Refugees by Don Brown Find it!

FDR and the Jews by Richard Breitman & Allan Lichtman Find it!

The Long Road Home: The Odyssey of a Young Guatamalen Maya Refugee (Film) Find it!

“Settling Refugees through Community Sponsorship: A Revolutionary Operational Approach Built on Traditional Legal Infrastructure” by Jennifer Bond & Ania Kwadrans Find it!


Stories, Sovereignty, and Imagining Forward
A Conversation with Madeline Sayet
Tuesday, June 9, 7 PM

On a Knife Edge: A Lakota Teenager Fights for Social Justice (Film) Find it!

Return: Native American Women Reclaim Foodways for Health and Spirit (Film) Find it!

The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for the Living by Joseph M. Marshall III Find it!

The Life of William Apess, Pequot by Phillip Gura Find it!

Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection by Matt Dembicki Find it!

The American Indian Experience (Database) Find it!


Constitution Cafe: The Future of Governing and Public Assembly
A Conversation with Linda Pollack
Wednesday, June 10, 5 PM

The Trial by Franz Kafka Find it!

Brazil by Terry Gilliam Find it!

The Atlantic (Magazine) Find it!

Dark Money (Film) Find it!

Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary (Film) Find it!

“The Minds of Peace Experiment: A Simulation of a Potential Palestinian-Israeli Public Assembly” by Sapir Handelman Find it!


Who is Essential? Race, Culture, and Identity in American Democracy
A Conversation with John Dankosky and Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean
Presented in partnership with The CT Mirror
Tuesday, June 16, 7 PM

The Doctor and the Saint by Arundhati Roy Find it!

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander Find it!

Overground Railroad: the Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America by Candacy Taylor Find it!

Race, Power and American Sports (Film) Find it!

The Condition of the Working Class (Film) Find it!

“The Cultural Theory of Race: Yet Another Look at Du Bois’s The Conservation of Races” by Chike Jeffers Find it!


Constitution Cafe: Federal Vs. States Rights
A Conversation with Linda Pollack
Wednesday, June 17, 5 PM

The Tenth Amendment by Tamra B. Orr Find it!

Union And States’ Rights by various authors Find it!

No Control The Debate Over Gun Control in America (Film) Find it!

Code of the West: Marijuana and the Political Process (Film) Find it!

A Less Perfect Union: the Case for States’ Rights by Adam Freedman Find it!

Supreme Inequality by Adam Cohen Find it!


Voter Rights Workshop
Presented in partnership with Civic Impact Lab, Mothers & Others for Justice, and The Urban League of Southern Connecticut
Thursday, June 18, 7 PM

We’ll Never Turn Back (Film) Find it!

Freedom Summer by Bruce Watson Find it!

Thurgood Marshall: His Speeches, Writings, Arguments, Opinions and Reminiscences by Mark Tushnet Find it!

Origins of Greek Democracy (Film) Find it!

Fannie Lou Hamer: Voting Rights Activist (Film) Find it!

“John Lewis’s Fight for Voting Rights” by Ari Berman Find it!


Slavery & the American Story
A Conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones, Al Letson, Mercy Quaye, and Paul Bryant Hudson
Present in Partnership with The Narrative Project
Friday, June 19, 7 PM

Ralph Ellison: An American Journey (Film) Find it!

Slavery by Another Name (Film) Find it!

Redeeming the Great Emancipator by Allen C. Guelzo Find it!

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet A. Jacobs Find it!

Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass Find it!

The African American Experience (Database) Find it!


Constitution Cafe: Constitution & Mass Incarceration
A Conversation with Linda Pollack
Present in Partnership with ACLU Connecticut
Wednesday, June 24, 5 PM

A Plague of Prisons by Ernest Drucker Find it!

Incarceration Nations by Baz Dreisinger Find it!

Mass Incarceration On Trial by Jonathan Simon Find it!

Life after Life: Personal Stories of Adjusting to Life After Incarceration (Fillm) Find it!

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes: an Examination of the American Prison System (Film) Find it!

“It’s About Power: Not Policy Movement Lawyering for Large Scale Social Change” by Alexei Nunn Freeman & Jim Freeman Find it!


On Being Good: A Conversation with The Good Place Philosophers
A Conversation with Pamela Hieronymi and Todd May
Friday, June 26, 7 PM

A Decent Life: Morality for the Rest of Us by Todd May Find it!

The Good Place and Philosophy by Steven A Benko Find it!

Ikiru (Film) Find it!

How To Be Good or How To Be Moral and Virtuous in a Wicked World by Gary Cox Find it!

Born To Be Good? (Film) Find it!

How Should We Live?: A Practical Approach to Everyday Morality by John Kekes Find it!