Racial Justice Conversations: Protests and Patriotism

Jun 25, 2020, 6:30 pm

Utah Humanities Virtual Community Conversations
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You should attend as an individual rather than expecting to represent an organization or speak on behalf of a group of people. This is a space to make mistakes, to listen more than you speak, and to learn that understanding our differences is the most productive way to move forward.

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Racial Justice: Protests and Patriotism
with Drs. David Parker and David Derezotes

Please join us for the second of six community conversations on racial justice on Thursday, June 25, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:00pm.

In this 90 minute zoom community dialogue, facilitators Dr. Parker and Dr. Derezotes will first talk about the local and national protests and how they might relate to the idea of patriotism. Are protests inherently American? What is the “right” way to protest an unjust system? Can you kneel during the National Anthem and still be a “good” American? Why do so many people disagree with or fear protests? Do politicians try to exploit the different ways people feel about protests?

This conversation will be followed by a 60 minute community dialogue, open to all participants, where folx can talk with each other about these topics. Everyone is welcome!

About the facilitators:
Dr. David Parker is an educator, consultant, motivational artist and author of books for children. David's educational and professional background includes Social Work, Education and the Performing Arts. His Social Work perspective is at the foundation of his work. Each semester David co-teaches the Inclusive Dialogue class at the University of Utah. Dr. Parker served as Senior Advisor to the Chief of Police for Salt Lake City and Chairperson of the Civilian Advisory Board for Salt Lake City PD. He is the principal presenter for David Parker Consulting, through which he provides workshops, keynotes and coaching related to improving work culture. In his free time David enjoys attending Performing Arts events in Salt Lake City.

Dr. David Derezotes (Dr. Dave) is Professor, University of Utah, Chair of Mental Health, College of Social Work, Director of Peace & Conflict Studies, College of Humanities, Fellow, Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence, Facilitator for President Watkin’s Anti-Racism Task Force, Chair of Senate Advisory Committee on Diversity SACD, and MUSE Professor, Undergraduate Studies. He has been facilitating dialogues on campus and in the local and regional communities for over 30 years. When he is not working, or on his KRCL Radio program, The Radical Middle, he can often be found wandering on the Colorado Plateau.

RSVP here: https://forms.gle/pza4AkTjudzmdMfG9 by midnight on June 24th to participate on the call.

More about Zoom
This conversation will be held online over a Zoom call, which will require a computer (preferred) or phone with a microphone and camera. We request that all participants, if possible, utilize their video option for the duration of the conversation so we can connect face-to-face, as well as commit to attend for the entirety of the call. The link to the Zoom call will be emailed the day of the conversation to all those who signed up with the link above, along with instructions and tips for using Zoom. No password is necessary, since the link will only be sent to those who RSVP’d. Subtitles can be available on the call if requested at least two days before the conversation.

Online Program

Event Contact:

Caitlin McDonald