Currently, there is a weekly series of discussions on whiteness and anti-racism titled Whiteness Accountability Space: Processing Emotions and Moving to Anti-Racist Action. Once you register you can attend any of the sessions on the calendar for the noon or evening time slots:
Everyone is welcome to these sessions that are intended to provide a space for White folks to process feelings around anti-blackness, police brutality, and systemic racism in order to move toward anti-racist action. These sessions will encourage participants to stay connected to their feelings and their bodies as we discuss and share.
The purpose is to allow for people to discuss whiteness and critically reflect, process, and ask questions with the intention of mitigating harm caused to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) colleagues, community, and students when White people participate in conversations and spaces that are diverse. These sessions will be facilitated by White facilitators.
This is a weekly series to hold a space for what can be difficult conversations. Though we encourage people to join as often as they can, there is no expectation that anyone should attend every week or even more than once. Everyone is welcome and can join at any time.
To support people who have several daily Zoom or other online commitments, these sessions begin at 12:05pm and end at 12:55pm to allow for people to move from previous and following appointments.
Facilitators: Meridith Oram, Tim Miller, Loren Collins, Len Wolff, Chuck Powell
Below is a list of resources that have been shared and/or used during the Whiteness Accountability Space sessions. Familiarity of these is not required for people to attend future sessions.
Dr. Bettina Love
Ibram X. Kendi
This conversation was recorded during the 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado.
Ijeoma Oluo (author of So You Want to Talk about Race)
with john a. powell, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley
What resonated with you?
What did you hear that was new to you?
What are the implications of your understanding of the function of whiteness?
How does this impact your perception of who benefits from the existence of racial categories?
The Fall 2020 Big Read was held in Humboldt County (virtually) during October and November of 2020.
"The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The main feature of the NEA Big Read is a grants program, managed by Arts Midwest, which annually supports community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read book."
Several events occurred during the Big Read around Claudia Rankine's book, Citizen: an American lyric.