Tell Me the Truth : Exploring the Heart of Cross-Racial Conversations
Join us on the evening of September 9th for a lively conversation at PPL.
How can we speak openly and honestly in cross-racial conversations? What would such a conversation even look like? Join Shay Stewart-Bouley (black) and Debby Irving (white) as they talk about racism’s impact on their lives and how conversation has been instrumental in their own understanding of 21st century racial dynamics.
Though conversation is a primary way human beings think together, fear of talking about race prevents us from using this critical tool. Shay and Debby will explore the common fears and pitfalls of cross-racial conversation that keep people isolated in their own racial groups, at the expense of personal, professional, and societal growth. They’ll also help audience members understand how interpersonal social patterns hinder organizations from living up to their own ideals for diversity.
Finally, Shay and Debby will offer suggestions to create racial justice habits that can move us from isolated events to sustainable connections.
The event precedes a September 10th Author Talk during the Lunchtime Brown Bag by Debby Irving, her book is Waking Up White.
September 9 2014
7pm – 9pm
Main Library, Rines Auditorium
5 Monument Square Portland, Maine
FMI: Kim Simmons, Choose Civility Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org: , by PPL