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June 24, 2024
  • VIRTUAL - Aloha Compadre discussion with Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club

    June 24, 2024 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club will speak with Rudy P. Guevarra Jr.  Monday, June 24, 2024, 8pm ET via zoom to discuss the book,  ALOHA COMPADRE: LATINXS IN HAWAII, during their monthly teleconference.  

    All interviews are in English and last about 25-30 minutes. 

    Zoom link to come.

June 30, 2024
  • IN PERSON: Patricia A. Roos — Surviving Alex: A Mother’s Story of Love, Loss, and Addiction with Rocky Schwartz — at Conn Ave

    June 30, 2024 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA

    In 2015, Patricia Roos's twenty-five-year-old son Alex died of a heroin overdose. Turning her grief into action, Roos, a professor of sociology at Rutgers University, began to research the social factors and institutional failures that contributed to his death. Surviving Alex tells her moving story--and outlines the possibilities of a more compassionate and effective approach to addiction treatment.

    Weaving together a personal narrative and a sociological perspective, Surviving Alex movingly describes how even children from "good families" fall prey to addiction, and recounts the hellish toll it takes on families. Drawing from interviews with Alex's friends, family members, therapists, teachers, and police officers--as well as files from his stays in hospitals, rehab facilities, and jails--Roos paints a compelling portrait of a young man whose life veered between happiness, anxiety, success, and despair. And as she explores how a punitive system failed her son, she calls for a community of action that would improve care for substance users and reduce addiction, realigning public health policy to address the overdose crisis.

    Patricia Roos is a Professor Emerita of Sociology at Rutgers University. Among her many publications are the books Job Queues, Gender Queues: Explaining Women's Inroads into Male Occupations (coauthored with Barbara Reskin) and Gender and Work: A Comparative Analysis of Industrial Societies. After her son's death, she realigned her research and advocacy interests to explore mental health and substance use disorders, turning her grief into activism.

    Roos will be in conversation with Rocky Schwartz. Schwartz manages the Sharing the Hope Family Support Center, a division of Prevention Resources in New Jersey.  She is a staunch behavioral health advocate, fueled by lessons learned through personal experience and success in navigating the behavioral health system.  She has testified many times before the New Jersey State Assembly and Senate, Capitol Hill and testified to the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

    This event is free with first come, first served seating.

    5015 Connecticut Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20008

    Surviving Alex: A Mother’s Story of Love, Loss, and Addiction (Hardcover)

    By Patricia A. Roos
    ISBN: 9781978837027
    Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
    Published: Rutgers University Press - May 17th, 2024