The Seattle Public Library will host a conversation with Scott Kurashige, author of "The Fifty-Year Rebellion: How the U.S. Political Crisis Began in Detroit" and Michael Hardt, author of "Assembly," from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636 .

Before the author talk, an open mic curated by Ringside Poetry and drop-in art making will happen from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. outside the Library on the Atsuhiko and Ina Goodwin Tateuchi Plaza on Fourth Avenue.

Library programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m.

This event will mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit rebellion amid the rise of New Left movements within the United States and around the world. From their different vantage points, Kurashige and Hardt will discuss the past half-century of rebellions and revolts, including the most recent wave of protest movements from Occupy Wall Street to the Arab Spring and Black Lives Matter. They will explore the challenge facing activists to progress from resistance to social transformation. By addressing creative responses to racism, repression, gentrification and power, the conversation will link directly to issues at the center of debate in Seattle's diverse communities.

Kurashige is professor of American and Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington Bothell. His prior books include "The Shifting Grounds of Race: Black and Japanese Americans in the Making of Multiethnic Los Angeles" and "The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century," co-authored with civil rights activist Grace Lee Boggs.

Hardt is professor of Literature and Romance Studies at Duke University. He is the co-author of internationally-renowned books "Empire," "Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire" and "Commonwealth."

This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Company. Books will be available for purchase and signing.