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- “The conversation was fantastic! I loved hearing folks’ views and perspectives.”
- “I always leave these meetings feeling better about the human race.”
Spanish Classes and Free Spanish Conversation Groups
Read the blog post here for details on weekly classes for all levels, and twice-a-month conversation groups for beginning and intermediate/advanced speakers.
For more information and to register, contact MaureenMcCarthyCO@gmail.com or call (970) 980-1151
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Diverse Fort Collins Book Group
January 24 / February 28 / March 21
2:00-4:00 p.m. MT
So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
January 24: Chapters 1-5
February 28: Chapters 6-11
March 21: Chapters 12-17
FREE and Pay-What-You-Can tickets available. Register here via EventBrite.
Buy the paperback from Old Firehouse Books. Receive a 20% discount when you mention Diverse Fort Collins book group. Mention the discount in the notes when ordering online.
Download the free Reading Guide. The guide is also included in the book.
Description from Old Firehouse Books website:
In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America
Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy — from police brutality to the mass incarceration of Black Americans — has put a media spotlight on racism in our society. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair — and how do you make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend?
In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to “model minorities” in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.
“Oluo gives us — both white people and people of color — that language to engage in clear, constructive, and confident dialogue with each other about how to deal with racial prejudices and biases.” — National Book Review
“Generous and empathetic, yet usefully blunt . . . it’s for anyone who wants to be smarter and more empathetic about matters of race and engage in more productive anti-racist action.” — Salon (Required Reading)
About The Author
Ijeoma Oluo is the author of the New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race. Her work on race has been featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post. She has twice been named to the Root 100, and she received the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award from the American Humanist Association. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
“Fascinating, real, and necessary, a superb compendium reckoning with race, gender, and identity in white America.”—The Root
“Simply put: Ijeoma Oluo is a necessary voice and intellectual for these times, and any time, truth be told. Her ability to write so smartly and honestly with strokes of humor about race in America is heaven sent and demonstrates just how desperately we all need to be talking about race, and perhaps, more importantly, this insightful book shows those in power or privilege how they need to listen.”—Phoebe Robinson, New York Times bestselling author of You Can’t Touch My Hair and Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay
“Ijeoma Oluo-writing on any subject-is compassionate brilliance personified, and I am so grateful for her work and her voice. She is the first writer I name when anyone asks who they should read to help them think about and navigate issues of race and identity, help them understand what solidarity means and what it requires of all of us. So You Want to Talk About Race is a book for everyone, but especially for people of color who need to feel seen and heard.”—Nicole Chung, author of All You Can Ever Know
“When you need a super team to help you make sense of today’s complex conversation on identity and representation, Ijeoma needs to be your number one pick. No one cuts through the chatter with more humor, insight and clarity. No matter the issue, Ijeoma’s thinking is always essential reading.”
—Jenny Yang, comedian, writer, and co-founder and co-producer of Dis/orient/ed Comedy
“White readers will find answers to many of the questions we might be afraid to ask. Readers who are people of color will find their experiences seen, heard, and believed. All readers will find themselves enraptured.”—The Denver VOICE
“Straight talk to blacks and whites about the realities of racism…. A clear and candid contribution to an essential conversation.”
“Read it, then recommend it to everyone you know.”—Harper’s Bazaar, “One of 10 Books to Read in 2018”
“Impassioned and unflinching”
Other Possible Book Group Titles
We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman (National Jewish Book Awards Winner)
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem
The Racial Contract by Charles W. Mills
All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung
What The Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha
Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys Into Race, Motherhood, and History by Camille T. Dungy
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
Brown Is The New White: How The Democratic Revolution Has Created A New American Majority by Steve Phillips
How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
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Here’s what people are saying about Diverse Fort Collins events:
“The ‘Talking It Out: Being Black in America’ event was so informative and inspiring. Saja Butler, Phil Donaldson, and Anthony P. McGlaun were perfect choices for the panel, so articulate, honest, and encouraging. This was an important and timely event. Thank you so much for hosting.”
“That was a wonderful event. I’m so glad I could be part
of it. Grew up in the Philadelphia area with Black friends and family, so this is near and dear to my heart.
“I’m grateful for Diverse Fort Collins and the opportunities they’re creating for meaningful interaction between the white population
and people of color in our city.”
October 4, 2:00-4:00 p.m. MT. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
The New York Times called it “a powerful and disturbing history of residential segregation in America.”
Join us for a lively discussion! Judge Juan G. Villaseñor will kick off our gathering with a 10-minute talk on his impressions of this best-selling book, insights, and questions to consider.
Come with your questions and we’ll tackle them together in small-group facilitated discussions. Prepare by reviewing the Reading Guide Discussion Questions.
Read more about the book here.
Sept 15 and Sept 28: Action Committee kick-off meetings. Stay tuned for opportunities to get involved in four subcommittees: Voting, Policy & Legislation, Environmental Justice, and LGBTQIA+ Safe Spaces.
September 3: Town Hall on “Action and Allyship” presented by Fort Collins Interfaith Council and World Wisdoms Project, featuring Diverse Fort Collins and five other local groups. Here’s the link to the video.
- June 14: “A Space to Process and Breathe for Black Folx” (see summary below)
- June 28: panel discussion with live music performances, “Talking It Out: Being Black In America” featuring 3 Black community members: Saja Butler, Phil Donaldson, and Anthony P. McGlaun (see summary, video, and photos below)
- July 26: Three Native guest speakers and discussion of THERE THERE by Tommy Orange
- August 16: “Impacts of COVID-19 on the Larimer County Justice System”
Diverse Fort Collins Presents:
“Impact of COVID-19 on the Larimer County Justice System”
Free webinar featuring Judge Juan G. Villaseñor. Read his bio here.
Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020 at 3 p.m. MDT
30-minute presentation followed by Q&A
Judge Villaseñor is the first Latino district court judge in Larimer County. Read more about his journey to the U.S. and to Colorado in his Community Voices guest commentary.
Diverse Fort Collins book group discussion of THERE THERE by Tommy Orange on July 26, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Mention this book group for 20% off the paperback at Old Firehouse Books.
GUEST SPEAKERS TO SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS ON THE NOVEL
We’ll hear from three Native community members about their thoughts on the novel, and what we should keep in mind as we begin the discussion.
GREGG DEAL is a husband, father, member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, artist and activist. As a provocative contemporary artist-activist, much of Deal’s work centers around Indigenous identity and pop culture, touching on issues of race relations, historical consideration and stereotype.
His first major performance piece, “The Last American Indian On Earth,” covered in The Washington Post Magazine, gained him notoriety and ground as an up-and-coming artist. Earlier this year, he premiered his performance “The Punk Pan-Indian Romantic Comedy” at Fort Collins Startup/Artup Week. A powerful retrospective of this work, “Voice,” was recently exhibited at the Duhesa Gallery in Colorado State University’s Lory Student Center.
AMBER LANE is affiliated with Seneca Nation, Wolf Clan. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Colorado, Boulder with a historical trauma and original language focus. She is an advocate with Herbal Gardens Wellness and a Plan Ambassador for City of Fort Collins’ Our Climate Future. She is a community advocate active in circles from all four directions trying to raise multicultural/national children in Fort Collins
JAN IRON is Navajo and co-founder of Northern Colorado Intertribal Pow-Wow Association (NCIPA)
ABOUT THE BOOK
“Powerful. . . . THERE THERE has so much jangling energy and brings so much news from a distinct corner of American life that it’s a revelation.” — The New York Times
Tommy Orange’s wondrous and shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize.
Sunday, June 14. 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. MDT
A Space to Process & Breath for Black Folx
For Black communities, we are experiencing so much hurt, anger, grief, sadness, and fear. As we think about all the loss and grief we hold for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and many more, we may wonder how we can work through everything that’s happening.
Diverse Fort Collins invites you to this space to process and breath and find healing space in meditation with other Black folx. Zhalisa Clarke of Luna Vibrations will lead us in a meditation and invitation to process in community.
This event is open to folx who identify as part of the Black community. No meditation experience is required.
The event is free. Contributions welcomed but not required and will go toward Luna Vibrations and to the nonprofit Food Bank for Larimer County.
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Diverse Fort Collins Book Group – January/February/May 2020
Diverse Fort Collins hosted three book group meetings to provide a safe space for discussing White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo.
Jan. 26 (Chapters 1-4)
Feb. 23 (Chapters 5-8)
May 17 (Chapters 9-12)
Photos and summary of our last book discussion.
Read The New Yorker book review.
Watch the 4-minute video “Debunking Common Myths White People Tell About Race” with Robin DiAngelo
Diverse Fort Collins Book Group discussion on The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea. Sunday, Oct. 27, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House, first floor. 316 Willow St. Free event. Please plan to buy a beverage to thank Wolverine Farm for the gift of this space.
This is one week before the Fort Collins Reads event! See link to tickets below.
The House of Broken Angels is the 2019 Fort Collins Reads selection. It was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and named one of the Best Books of the Year by New York Times Book Review, National Public Radio, BuzzFeed, Newsday, BookPage, WBUR’s On Point.
Check out the following events by Diverse Fort Collins friends
MTOB (More Than One Box): A Mixed Gathering. Monthly meetup for multi-ethnic families and friends.
Diverse Fort Collins is a volunteer-driven community project connecting people with resources and each other. We’re dedicated to advocating for antiracism and racial equity.
Let’s co-create an inclusive community! All welcome! All cultures, identities, and abilities.