The spirit of Shirley Chisolm was alive and well at the final “Brown Bag Forum” of the season. Al Sandine presented his new book, The Taming of the American Crowd: from Stamp Riots to Shopping Sprees. Sandine, a local author (and YMCA user!) led us through an overview of “mass behavior” from early U.S. history to the present. His thesis is that the collective empowerment that once characterized protest groups has largely been coopted and tamed by corporate interests and strict guidelines placed upon our public protests. The audience brought up excellent examples to both support and extend Sandine’s argument. Both author and audience noted examples of crowd behavior that empower those participating in the actions: Critical Mass bicycle protests, flash mob gatherings and the use of cell-phones in China to organize spontaneous political protests. Come join the Brown Bag “Crowd” when forum events start up again this September. The Library’s monthly calendar and online Event guide will show the line-up of speakers.