Powerful Conversations on Race

Powerful Conversations on Race (PCR) is a monthly community dialogue series — with two concurrent tracks: PCR 101 and Race & . . . — exploring topics around race, racism, and the resulting impact. These sessions provide a means of getting comfortable talking about uncomfortable topics and are rooted in humanities- and art-based materials and sources.

Each month we’ll choose 1 or 2 readings and other source materials such as art, music, poetry, lyrics and videos to ground our conversation. Facilitators trained in the Civic Reflection Dialogue Method will use these materials to further support and push our discussion into deeper examination and reflection on our underlying beliefs around race and racism in America and its implications. It is not necessary to read or engage with any of the source materials before we meet. In fact, we encourage everyone to come to the table as is.

This IS NOT a lecture or book club, but rather a space for community to come together and dive deeply into a variety of topics concerning race. Active participation is expected.

Learn which session track is right for you by reading more below.

Register for the most current sessions here.

Special thanks to our partners Asante Art Institute of Indianapolis; Community Action of Greater Indianapolis; IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI; Medical Humanities & Health Program at IUPUI; National Endowment for the Humanities and Indiana Humanities as part of the American Rescue Act of 2021; Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr., Memorial Foundation; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; The Indianapolis Foundation a CICF affiliate; and of course, our community-based dialogue facilitators!

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Session Tracks & Registration

PCR 101 sessions are great starting place for those new to these kinds of dialogues and/or those wishing to more fully understand America’s complex racial history. Rooted in the text Charleston Syllabus: Readings on Race, Racism, and Racial Violencethis session track is a deep dive examination on how racist and white supremacist attitudes, beliefs, and systems took root in American life. Each topic is covered two months in a row with each dialogue session run by a different set of facilitators using different source materials.

Topics in 2021 and 2022 include:

Slavery, Survival, and Community Building (July 11 & August 8)
Religious Life, Spirituality, and Racial Identity (September 12 & October 10)
*Special Edition: Race, Holidays, and Dinner Discussions (November 21, 2021)
No December Gathering
The Civil War and Reconstruction in History and Memory (January 9, 2022)
Jim Crow, Racial Politics, and Global White Supremacy (February 13 & March 13, 2022)
Civil Rights and Black Power (April 10 & May 8)

Race & . . . sessions explore more contemporary issues are are designed for those who wish to continue past PCR 101.

To be responsive to community needs and interests, topics will be selected on a rolling basis and may (or may not!) change monthly. Subject matter might include: Local and State History, Gender, Unigov, Whiteness, etc. These sessions run concurrently to PCR 101. Past and upcoming session include:

Race & Critical Race Theory (August 8)
Race & Indianapolis Education (September 12)
Race & Voting Rights (October 10)
Race & Religion/White Supremacy (November 21)
Race & . . . TBA (January 9, 2022)
Race & . . . TBA (February 13)
Race & . . . TBA (March 13)
Race & . . . TBA (April 10)
Race & . . . TBA (May 8)

For now, PCR sessions will be conducted via Zoom.

A camera check-in will be requested when you enter the space and since we share our computer screen to show images and text, it is best to login from a laptop or tablet rather than a smartphone.

Registration is managed through Eventbrite.

Visit the Spirit & Place event calendar to search for the session you wish to attend and register.

Please register no later than 11:59pm the Friday before each Sunday session.

Due to the nature of online dialogues, we will not be able to admit participants into the Zoom space after 3:15pm.

Special thanks to our partners Asante Art Institute of Indianapolis; Community Action of Greater Indianapolis; IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI; Medical Humanities & Health Program at IUPUI; National Endowment for the Humanities and Indiana Humanities as part of the American Rescue Act of 2021; Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr., Memorial Foundation; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; The Indianapolis Foundation a CICF affiliate; and of course, our community-based dialogue facilitators!

Questions

LaShawnda Crowe Storm

lascrowe@iu.edu

Community Engagement Director LaShawnda Crowe Storm is also a mixed media artist, activist, community builder and occasionally an urban farmer. Whether she is making artwork or sowing seeds, Crowe Storm uses her creative power as a vehicle for dialogue, social change and healing. Crowe Storm has ...

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