Talking About Racism: A Community Conversation

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Nationwide protests in the wake of the killings of George Floyd and other Black people have brought renewed attention to longstanding issues of racism and social justice. Talking about race can be difficult, but with curiosity, knowledge, and empathy, it’s possible to come together as a community to listen, learn, and work for change.

Community members are invited to join in the conversation through a series of presentations followed by question and answer sessions held via Zoom on Thursdays from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. beginning October 1. Registration is required to receive Zoom information.

Series Presentations:

Session One: OCTOBER 1•DEFINING AND IDENTIFYING RACISM
• Arthur Breese, Director of Diversity, Geisinger
• Teresa Grettano, PhD, Associate Professor of English/Theatre, The University of Scranton
• Moderator: Cathy Ann Hardaway, President, Greater Scranton MLK Commission

Session Two: OCTOBER 8 •UNDERSTANDING WHITE PRIVILEGE AND ALLYSHIP
• Leon John, PhD, Director of Alumni Engagement, East Stroudsburg University
• Jessica Nolan, PhD, Professor of Psychology, The University of Scranton
• Moderator: Ida Castro, JD, MLK Commission, GCSOM

Session Three: OCTOBER 15•DISCUSSING BLACK LIVES MATTER
• Glynis Johns, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Black Scranton Project
• Yerodin Lucas, PhD, Interim Director Office of Equity & Inclusion and Title IX Coordinator,
Marywood University
• Moderator: Lia Richards Palmiter, PhD, MLK Commission, Marywood University 

Registration is required at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TalkingAboutRacism

For more information or if you have questions, please email community@scranton.edu

This series is a project of the Greater Scranton Martin Luther King Commission in collaboration with: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Johnson College, Lackawanna College, Marywood University, Penn State Scranton, and The University of Scranton