Goffstown Public Library: 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, and to be socially aware. By using these books to learn and grow, we hope to take part in the conversation about race in America.
Courageous Community Conversations is a collaborative project between:
For more information, please contact:
- Dianne Hathaway, Goffstown Public Library Director, 497-2102, [email protected]
- Deborah McCarter, Saint Anselm College
- Gwen Verkuilen-Chevalier, Saint Anselm College
- James McKim, Episcopal Church of NH
- David Basora, Goffstown Public Library
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 – details coming soon
Telling the Truth
- Book Discussions – Waking 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 [email protected].
- 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.
- Tuesday, 2/19 at Goffstown Public Library – Deborah Ann Goss presents Abby Hutchinson’s Sweet Freedom Songs at 6:30 p.m. Made possible by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities. For more information and to register.
- Tuesday, 3/19 at Goffstown High School in the Media Center/Library – What is “the dream?” Community Conversation at 6:30 – 8 p.m. For more information and to register.
- Wednesday, 3/27 at St. Lawrence Church – Ask a Muslim Anything with Robert Azzi at 6:30 p.m. For more information and to register.
Practicing the Way
Recommended reading: My Grandmother’s Hands : Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem.
- Friday, 4/5 at Goffstown Parks & Recreation Department – COLORBLIND: Rethinking Race at 10 a.m. For more information and to register.
- Tuesday, 4/16 at Goffstown High School in the Media Center/Library – How Will We Grow? Community Conversation at 6:30 – 8 p.m. For more information and to register.
Repairing the Breach
Recommended reading: the NH Diversity Commission’s report 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.