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Community Conversations about Race

Many people want to become better informed regarding the issues surrounding race and diversity. Several local organizations are hosting events through October focused on these topics.

KSMU Sense of Community: Conversations About Race and Racism, ongoing community journalism series, Making a Difference Connecting Through Conversations, airs quarterly on KSMU, FM 91.1 https://www.ksmu.org/programs/sense-community#stream/0

October 20, 6:30 p.m.: Why Black Lives Matter
A panel of artists, educators and historians will discuss the unique aesthetics of Blackness in regards to arts and culture toward a greater understanding and appreciation of Black lives’ cultural contributions. This Zoom discussion includes a Q&A. Facilitated by Jonathan Herbert, theater program head at Ozarks Technical Community College, and sponsored by the Library Center. Visit thelibrary.org/programs before the event for a link.

October 22, 6 p.m. ERacism: Lived Experience in the Community                                                         Springfield’s “Tough Talks” series continues with a discussion aimed at race relations. Panelists will discuss how race and racism impact the experiences of those living and working in our community. Tough Talks are facilitated by Dr. Lyle Foster and Dr. Leslie Anderson. Foster is an assistant professor of sociology at Missouri State University. Anderson is a professor in the counseling leadership and special education department at Missouri State University and owner of Catalyst Consulting.  

October 27, 6:30 p.m.: We Need to Talk: What is White Privilege?
Join Justyn Pippins, SCORE Southwest Missouri Diversity Chair, for a virtual conversation exploring white privilege -- what it is and what we can do when we recognize it. Presented in partnership with the Springfield NAACP. We Need to Talk is a new program series from the Springfield-Greene County Libraries designed to provide a safe space to ask hard questions about some of society's toughest topics. A host will guide an informal conversation and finish the session with a discussion of how you can put what you've learned into action in your own life and community. Register Oct. 12-26 by calling 417-883-5341. A link to the virtual event will be shared with registered participants.

October 29, 6 p.m. Tough Talks, part 3                                                                                                                    This last in the Tough Talks series will focus on the future of the workforce and developing a framework for all segments of the community to discuss equity in education and talent attraction/retention. Tough Talks are facilitated by Dr. Lyle Foster and Dr. Leslie Anderson. Foster is an assistant professor of sociology at Missouri State University. Anderson is a professor in the counseling leadership and special education department at Missouri State University and owner of Catalyst Consulting.   

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