Tuesdays, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.:
Five Weeks: Beginning April 27, 2021

(please register by filling out the form below)

Fish don’t see water. Birds don’t see air. And white people may not fully see how their whiteness affects their life experiences.

With video clips, articles, and small- and large-group activities, Conversations About Whiteness brings people together in a safe setting to see how this came to be the case. Guided by two facilitators, Sue Herz and Rachel Gooze, we explore aspects of our culture that prevent us from seeing ourselves and people of color without deeply ingrained distortions.

During five weekly two-hour sessions, we will each see our whiteness in ways we never have before. We will reflect on unconscious biases, white privilege, race, and racism. We’ll explore some ways racial divides are embedded in institutions; think about tools to interrupt these divides; brainstorm about collaborating with each other and with people of color; and individually plan for what to do with this new knowledge.

This course is based on similar grass-roots courses offered around the country. It is a virtual series, which will be presented on Zoom. Participants will be sent a link on the afternoon of the first session. Because each session builds on the content and connections from previous sessions, it is strongly encouraged that you attend all fiveSigning up using the form below registers you for all five sessions. If you cannot attend all sessions, please contact the library at aryer@thomas.lib.me.us to find out about additional options.

About Sue Herz

Sue Herz wears multiple hats: bioethicist, lawyer, writer, and — at heart — educator. As educator, she has served as faculty at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Suffolk University; and has served as facilitator in community forums focusing on areas such as race, disability, the Holocaust, and Laughter Yoga. Of particular significance: she brings to the course Conversations About Whiteness considerable thought, commitment, and experience as a white person.

About Rachel Gooze

Rachel Gooze lives in Melrose, Mass with her partner and two young children. Rachel is a public health researcher who focuses on child development and the health and well-being of the adults who work with children in daycares and preschools. Her work in this field, as well as her role as a parent raising white children, contribute to her motivation to live a fully committed anti-racist life. In facilitating Conversations About Whiteness courses, Rachel sees her role as a lifelong student joining others on a shared journey fighting for racial justice and a better world now and for future generations.

Please join us by registering below!

Note: This program has maximum attendance of 20. Once this limit has been reached, your name will be added to a wait list.