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The Salt Lake City Library is bringing noteworthy authors and speakers to its spring season of the 2008 Dewey Lecture Series. All lectures take place in the Nancy Tessman Auditorium at the Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, at 7:30 p.m.

All Dewey Lectures are free to the public; tickets are available at all library locations one week prior to the lecture. Tickets for an author's reception are available at the library store for $40 each. Reception ticket holders meet the speaker prior to the lecture, receive a signed copy of the author's book and enjoy priority seating.

The schedule is:

• April 5: Jabari Asim author of "The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn't, and Why." Asim's Dewey Lecture will address the historical and modern uses and impact of hateful language. Asim is the editor-in-chief of Crisis magazine, a journal of politics, ideas and culture published by the NAACP and founded in 1910 by W. E. B. Du Bois. He spent 11 years at the Washington Post, where he served as deputy editor of the book review section and wrote a syndicated column on political and social issues.

• May 3: Jeff Thredgold, author of "econAmerica: Why the American Economy is Alive and Well and What that Means to Your Wallet." Thredgold is president of Thredgold Economic Associates, an economic consulting and speaking firm based in Salt Lake City. At this Dewey Lecture, Thredgold will speak about the local and national economic outlook.

Thredgold's career includes 23 years with KeyCorp, where he was senior vice president and chief economist, as well as 16 years as an adjunct professor of finance at the University of Utah. He is an economic consultant to Zions Bancorp. Free seating tickets available Saturday, April 26.