Black History, Continued: How Do We Learn to Dream

R.S.V.P. for this free event Tuesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Our dreams inspire an ever-expanding universe of creation — from comic books and movies to art and poetry. And in the right hands, they can even spark transformational change. What inspires us to dream big? To not only imagine a better world, but work to make it a reality?

Join The Times’s Veronica Chambers, as she investigates the mysterious alchemy of imagination — through conversation, verse, art and song.

See a reading from poet and university distinguished professor at Virginia Tech Nikki Giovanni. A performance from

Caving to Islamists, Pakistan’s Parliament Debates Expelling French Ambassador

Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, Pakistan’s interior minister, said the 11 police officers who were taken hostage during the week of protests had been released. He also said that Tehreek-e-Labaik had pledged to call off a nationwide protest while the government offered the resolution to assuage their demand for the French ambassador to be expelled. Local media also reported that Mr. Rizvi, the party’s leader, had been set free, but it could not be confirmed officially.

“After long negotiations between the government of Pakistan and Tehreek-e-Labaik, it has been agreed that the government will present a resolution on the expulsion of the …

Greens in Germany Choose Baerbock as Candidate for Next Chancellor

“We must, no matter what the outcome, reconcile, unite, become a common, big, powerful unit in this election campaign,” Mr. Söder told reporters on Monday, hours before the vote for Mr. Laschet.

Influential leaders of the Christian Democrats had been concerned by the idea of choosing the maverick Mr. Söder. Others felt that Mr. Laschet’s strong political network and focus on building consensus were the traits needed to steer the country into a post-Merkel future. They voted 31 to nine, with six abstentions in favor of the North Rhine-Westphalian governor, German media reported.

By contrast, the naming of Ms. Baerbock …