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

Courageous Community Conversations

Our news feeds are filled with discussions of race, culture, and diversity, including acts of discrimination and aggression in the Goffstown community and around the state. How do we address these issues at the local level? Over the next few months, together with the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire, Granite State Organizing Project, Saint Anselm College, and Crispin’s House, we will be hosting public conversations and discussions in a series of events entitled “Courageous Community Conversations Across Difference: Can we talk about Race?”*

These programs 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 surrounding communities. In our present social environment, it’s important to be racially and culturally diverse, and to be socially aware.

Events will kick off with book discussions based on Waking Up White by Debby Irving, and a public lecture by the author on Thursday, 2/21 at 7 p.m. at Saint Anselm College in the Dana Center: “I’m a Good Person! Isn’t That Enough?” part of the Bean Distinguished Lecture Series. Registration is requested.


Courageous Community Events:

Events begin with book discussions on February 5, and continue through May, focusing on how race affects American culture and society, and include New Hampshire Humanities Council programming, community forums hosted at Goffstown High School, an “Ask a Muslim Anything” event in March, the Human Library in April, video and art presentations, and more.

All events and additional recommended reading book titles can be found at, and registration is required for events with limited seating. For more information, please direct questions to

Courageous Community Conversations web page:

On the calendar:


Recommended Reading book covers

Recommended Reading:

• Waking Up White by Debby Irving

• Dr. Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech

• 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

• NH Diversity Commission’s report

If you’re looking for any of these titles, you can visit the book links at, or give the Library a call at 497-2102 to request your copy. We have a variety of book formats for readers, from physical books to e-audio and e-book formats available via computer and mobile device apps.

*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.