Courageous Community Conversations
Across Difference: Repair, Restore, Heal*

This year’s Courageous Community Conversations have been focused on race and diversity in America. Our reading list and conversations were 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.

These final workshops and conversations for 2019 are the result of attendee evaluations and requests from earlier dialogs.

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.

  • Saturday, 10/12 at 10 a.m. – White Privilege and Microaggressions in Greater Goffstown – Discussion at Saint Anselm College, President’s Dining Room in Davison Hall. For more information and to register.
  • Tuesday, 10/29 at 6:30 p.m. – Recognizing and Understanding Implicit Bias – Discussion at Parks & Recreation Department, Conference Room. For more information and to register.

To see all details, visit the calendar at

Reading Selections from Winter/Spring 2019 Courageous Community Conversations

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, 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

For an archive of the Winter/Spring Courageous Community Conversation programs and events, including a link to resources and further reading, please visit:

Courageous Community Conversations is a collaborative project between:

Episcopal Church of New Hampshire

Goffstown Public Library

Granite State Organizing Project

Saint Anselm College

For more information, please contact:

  • Dianne Hathaway, Goffstown Public Library Director, 497-2102,
  • Deborah McCarter, Saint Anselm College
  • Gwen Verkuilen-Chevalier, Saint Anselm College
  • James McKim, Episcopal Church of NH

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.