Changing the Legacy of Race Community Conversations

Cole Junior High School, ca. 1965

We are pleased to present facilitated conversations in Park Hill and Five Points designed to dive deeply into how we might change the legacy of race in our communities. Two groups will each meet twice to view film clips, read text excerpts and talk about their discoveries on Saturdays in October. The conversation series will culminate in a joint potluck at Blair Caldwell African-American Research Library on Saturday, October 28.

Five Points Conversations

Saturdays, October 14 & 21, 2017
3 to 4:30 p.m.
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
Conference Center
2401 Welton Street

The Five Points group will meet with facilitator Roshan Bliss, a community organizer and trained mediator who has facilitated hundreds of hours of group processes and has an extensive background as a diversity and inclusiveness trainer.  Bliss says that his years of experience working in social justice movements and as staff for the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation have helped him come "to see dialogue, public deliberation, and other forms of democratic engagement as crucial mechanisms by which we can and must begin to address our broader social and cultural divides in meaningful ways.


Park Hill Conversations

Park Hill Library

Saturday, October 7, 2017
2:30 to 4 p.m.
Community Room
4705 Montview Blvd.

Ford-Warren Library

Saturday, October 21, 2017
2:30 to 4 p.m.
2825 High Street

The Park Hill group will meet with Hillary Potter, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Potter holds a B.A. and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Colorado and an M.A. in criminal justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  Her research focuses on the critical analysis of the intersections of race, gender, and class as they relate to crime and violence. She is currently researching men's use of violence, intimate partner abuse against women of Color, and antiviolence activism in Black and Latinx communities, with field research in Ferguson, Baltimore, and Denver.

Culminating Potluck for both groups at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
Conference Center
2401 Welton Street
Saturday, October 28, 2017
3 to 4:30 p.m.
Please bring a favorite snack or dessert to share! Beverages provided.  Both facilitators will attend.

All conversations are free and open to the public.