Courageous Community Conversations
Across Difference: Can we talk about Race?*


Courageous Community Conversations

This year’s Courageous Community Conversations are focused on race and diversity in America. Our reading list and conversations are designed to help us understand many racial and cultural issues, as well as provide a starting point to open up the conversation about race in Goffstown, and hopefully, in other surrounding communities. In our present social environment, it is important to be racially and culturally diverse, to be socially aware, and to learn and grow.

If you would like to get involved in our Courageous Community Conversations, please start by reading
Waking Up White by Debby Irving.


Courageous Community Events:

Here is a list of important events to attend if you are taking part in this year’s Courageous Community Conversations, or if you are interested in how race affects American culture and society. Book links can be found below.

  • Currier Museum of Art – Visit the Currier at 150 Ash Street in Manchester and take the Making visible self-guided tour, bringing focus to the unseen.

Telling the Truth

  • Book DiscussionsWaking Up White by Debby Irving
    • Tuesday, 2/5 at Goffstown Public Library, 6:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, 2/7 at St. Matthew’s Parish House, 7 p.m. For more info, please email office@stmattsepiscopal.org.
    • Wednesday, 3/20 at Goffstown Public Library, 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 2/21 at Saint Anselm College in the Dana Center – I’m a Good Person! Isn’t That Enough? Public Lecture by Author Debby Irving at 7 p.m., part of the Bean Distinguished Lecture Series. Snow date: 4/4. For more information and to register.
  • Tuesday, 4/30 at Goffstown Public Library – Culturally Curious: Race and Art at 6:30 p.m. For more information and to register.

Proclaiming the Dream

Recommended readings: Dr. Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech and Understanding and Dismantling Racism : The Twenty-First Century Challenge to White America by Joseph Barndt.


Practicing the Way

Recommended reading: My Grandmother’s Hands : Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem.


Repairing the Breach

Recommended reading: the NH Diversity Commission’s report, Legislative & Budgetary Recommendations and The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein.

  • Sunday, 4/7 at Goffstown Public Library – Human Library 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 5/22 at Saint Anselm College in the NH Institute of Politics – Repair, Restore, Heal in Our Community Community Conversation at 7 p.m. For more information and to register.

See all items on the calendar at http://bitly.com/CCCAD2019.

The Goffstown Public Library offers a variety of book formats for readers, from physical books to e-audio and e-book formats available via computer and mobile device apps. For more information about each format listed below, please visit www.goffstownlibrary.com/downloadables, or call the Library at 497-2102.

Recommended Reading book covers

Waking Up White by Debby Irving

Understanding and Dismantling Racism : The Twenty-First Century Challenge to White America by Joseph Barndt

My Grandmother’s Hands : Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

Governor’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion Preliminary Report

Resources

Courageous Community Conversations is a collaborative project between:

Episcopal Church of New Hampshire

Goffstown Public Library

Granite State Organizing Project

Saint Anselm College

Crispin’s House

For more information, please contact:

  • Dianne Hathaway, Goffstown Public Library Director, 497-2102, contact@goffstownlibrary.com
  • Deborah McCarter, Saint Anselm College
  • Gwen Verkuilen-Chevalier, Saint Anselm College
  • James McKim, Episcopal Church of NH
  • David Basora, Goffstown Public Library

Take part in Community Conversations in 2019

 

*The “Courageous & Civil Conversations Across Difference: Can we talk about Race?” initiative sponsored by Saint Anselm College, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Goffstown, the Goffstown Public Library, Granite State Organizing Project and others is not affiliated or associated with or based on intellectual property owned by Glenn E. Singleton, Curtis W. Linton, Pacific Educational Group, Inc. or Corwin. “COURAGEOUS CONVERSATION” and “COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS” are trademarks of Pacific Educational Group, Inc. – “Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools” 2nd Edition © (2015) by Glenn E. Singleton published by Corwin. “More Courageous Conversations About Race,” 1st Edition © (2012) by Glenn E. Singleton published by Corwin. “Facilitator’s Guide to Courageous Conversations About Race” © (2006) by Glenn Eric Singleton and Curtis Linton published by Corwin. “Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools,” © (2005) by Glenn E. Singleton and Curtis W. Linton published by Corwin.