Upcoming Events

These are events hosted by Courageous Conversations of Georgetown, Texas as well as other events we think our members might find of interest. Those events sponsored by CCGTX are headlined in purple.

If you have an event you want to submit for our calendar, please send it to LetsTalk@CourageousConvo.GTX.

Southwestern University Martin Luther King Jr. Service, Jan. 18

Southwestern University is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with a series of events in January, beginning with the annual  MLK Chapel Service at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 18 at the Lois Perkins Chapel on the university’s campus. Click here for the flier with additional details.

“An Evening with Dolores Huerta,” Jan. 18, 2018

Legendary labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta speaks at Southwestern University at 6 p.m., Jan. 18, at the Olin Building in Room 105 on campus in “An Evening with Dolores Huerta.”

Ms. Huerta worked to improve social and economic conditions for farm workers and to fight discrimination. She created the Agricultural Workers Association in 1960 and co-founded what is now the United Farm Workers. She continues to be a voice advocating for improving the lives of workers, immigrants and women.

Click here for the flier and additional details.

Time to betray the god of white supremacy, Jan. 22

The Austin Courageous Conversations group will continue its discussion of an article in the National Catholic Reporter, Time to betray the god of white supremacy, in its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m., Jan. 22, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1610 E. 11th St. in Austin. For a flier, click here.

Southwestern University Race and Ethnicity Symposium, Jan. 23 and 25, 2018

Southwestern University is presenting a series of topics during a Race and Ethnicty Symposium from 5:30-7 pm. on Jan. 23 and 5:30 -7 p.m. on Jan. 25, in the McCombs Ballrooms on the university campus.

Following is the schedule for the two days:

Jan. 23, 2018

  • 5:30 p.m. – Welcome
  • 5:40 p.m. – “Here, Have a Hug From a Blindfolded Muslim: Strange Submissions to the State”
  • 6:05 p.m. – “Racialized Spirits: Doctors on Spiritual Healing Practices in Mexico, 1920s and 30s”
  • 6:30 p.m – “Through it All: Gaining Strength Through Poetry”

Jan. 25

  • 5:30 p.m. – Welcome
  • 5:40 p.m. – “Am I Still Latino Enough? The Construction of Latino Identity Among Hispanics Who Don’t Speak Spanish”
  • 6:05 p.m – Short film screening, “An Uncertain Future”
  • 6:30 p.m. – “Race in Contested Public Spaces”

Ariana Brown, Friday Night Live!, Jan. 26

Black Mexican American poet, performer and trainer Ariana Brown, speaks about blackness in a Mexican American context in an interactive performance at The Cove on Southwestern University’s campus.

The event starts at 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 26. Click here for more information.

ACC Equity Summit, Feb. 9-10, 2018

We cordially invite you to our 2nd Annual Equity Summit 2018 that will be held from 8 a.m-5 p.m., Feb. 9-10, at ACC’s Eastview Campus, 3401 Weberville Rd., in Austin. Join us as we continue to dialogue and implement actionable steps for more equitable institutions, enlightened educators, and informed community members.

At Austin Community College, we are taking an intentional approach to find solutions to inequity challenges while addressing systemic and institutional inequity. In February 2017, we took  the first step in a long journey of introspection and reflection to effectively tackle the challenges that we face at our First Annual Equity Summit. This conference was instrumental in bringing faculty, staff, students and members of the community together to not only learn about the history of racism and its impact on the work we do today, but also to develop actionable tools to immediately impact change.

The first Equity Summit was so successful we are now charged with the mission of making a larger more sustainable impact in 2018 through this upcoming two-day transformational summit. Cost for both days is $75. For registration information, click here.

Documentary, “Tell Them We are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges & Universities, Feb. 15

The George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center at 1165 Angelina St. in Austin, is hosting a screening of the documentary, “Tell Them We are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges & Universities, at 6 p.m. on Feb. 15.

A haven for Black intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries—and path of promise toward the American dream—Black colleges and universities have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field. They have been unapologetically Black for more than 150 years. For the first time ever, their story is told in this documentary. For free tickets, register here.

The History of Slavery and White Supremacy in Texas, Feb. 18

Courageous Conversations Georgetown and the Race and Ethnicity Studies Program at Southwestern University are cosponsoring a fee educational symposium on the history of slavery and white supremacy in Texas from 2-4 p.m. on Feb. 18, in Room 105 of the Olin Building at Southwestern University.

This symposium is centered around the conviction that understanding the dynamics of
slavery, the legal enforcement of Jim Crow segregation, and age-old beliefs about white
supremacy – as painful and difficult as that may be- is vital to overcoming the racial injustices of the past and moving us towards reconciliation and healing today.

Presenters are Dr. Andrew J. Torget, Associate Professor of History at the University of North Texas in Denton and the author of Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850; and Dr. Daina R. Berry, Associate Professor of History, African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas in Austin and the author of The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation.

Naming the Forgotten: A Ceremony of Rememberance, Feb. 27

“Naming the Forgotten” is a theatrical memorial celebration in the style of last year’s “Sending the Slaves Home” ceremony which memorialized 50 Williamson County slaves. This year’s event, which will begin at at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 27, at the Lois Perkins Chapel on the Southwestern University campus, will include the Forgotten of all of the genocides and holocausts of unnamed persons worldwide.

The event is co-created by Kenneth “Spoon” Witherspoon, who served as emcee for last year’s “Sending the Slaves Home” Memorial Ceremony. Other co-creators include the Rev. Megan Danner, chaplain of Southwestern University; in concert with social justice organizations at SU, and clergy from multi-faith traditions. Music will be provided “Celebration,” a professional choir.  This memorial celebration  will conclude Black History Month.

For more information, contact the Rev. Mark Skrabacz or Spoon.

Whoever Saves a Single Life Exhibit, March 18-April 17

Congregation Havurah Shalom and the Georgetown Public Library present “Whoever Saves a Life … Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust,” a traveling exhibit from the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous. The exhibit honors rescuers of Jews during the Holocaust when millions of Jews and other people were rounded up and murdered. The exhibit opens at the library on from 4:30-6 p.m., March 18, with a free program featuring a speaker from the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous. The exhibit will be on display through April 17.

For more information, contact Marian Kobrin.


Past Events

CCGTX Assembly: Working on Race and Privilege
July 15, 2017

More than 50 people turned out for Courageous Conversations GTX July 15 Assembly, Working on Race and Privilege. The event focused on the history of race, which is an socioeconomic construct and not based on biology, along with interactive events  to illustrate what white privilege is and how it can be damaging to people of all races.  We left with a charge to use the information we had learned to transform Georgetown into a more compassionate, caring and inclusive community.

CCGTX Assembly Members talked about defeating injustice on April 15, 2017.

CCGTX Assembly, April 15:
Defeating Injustice, Not People

The Courageous Conversations Assembly drew 29 people to discuss a real-life case of racism in Georgetown, which reveals why the work of identifying and working to address racism is important.

MARCH_Black History Month imageBlack History Month Georgetown Reads March, Jan. 31, Feb. 7 and Feb. 21, 2017

A partnership of the Georgetown Public Library and Courageous Conversations GTX produced facilitated book discussions of the three-volume graphic novel written by Civil Rights icon Congressman John H. Lewis during Black History Month. More than 100 people attended the three book discussions.

CCGTX Potluck and Assembly  Jan. 21, 2017

About 50 people came together on Jan. 21, 2017 for the second Chat ‘n Chew Potluck and CCGTX Assembly at San Gabriel Unitarian Universalist Church. As usual, we were blessed with an abundance of food.

Using the “Red Bench” model shared with us by Interfaith Action of Central Texas, we had great conversations and respectful, meaningful dialogue around the issue of Trust. We welcomed several newcomers to our midst and seasoned veterans of CCGTX

Dr. Ron Swain, convener of Courageous Conversations GTX, addresses attendees of the Potluck and Assembly.

helped facilitate discussions.

Convener Ron Swain also introduced the Learning/Action Groups whose leaders spelled out their goals for the future and invited others to join those groups that intersect with their interests and passions.


CCGTX Chat ‘n Chew Potluck 10.8.16

About 70 people attended the Oct. 8, 2016 Chat ‘n Chew Potluck at the Stonehaven Senior Center. The family friendly event was organized by Kathryn Williams-Platt and other members of the CCGTX community. When  we break bread together, when we ask about one another’s family and history, when we share the difficult – at times heart-wrenching struggle that is anti-racism work, enduring relationships are built and people learn how to work together. And when we listen to each other’s stories, the “other” becomes “us.”

Las Voces Hispanicas 10.16

In recognition of contributions Hispanics to the development of Texas and the United States and struggles they have endured and confronted, Courageous Conversations of Georgetown and the Georgetown Public Library teamed up in October 2016 for selected documentary screenings followed by facilitated discussions. Oct. 5, Remember the Alamo, a 2014 PBS documentary. “History books have traditionally painted the battle at the Alamo as a two-sided fight for Texas between the United States and Mexico. Yet inside the Alamo, an old mission in San Antonio, a third group — Tejanos — fought alongside Anglo settlers from the U.S.,” according to a description of the documentary. Oct. 12, the 2004 documentary, “Justice for My People: The Hector P. Garcia Story. “Dr. Hector P. Garcia, a former Mexican Revolution refugee himself, returned from World War II to find Mexican Americans facing segregation in public schools, squalid living conditions in labor camps, and second-class citizenship. In 1948, he founded the American GI Forum to empower his people to fight numerous legal and political battles against discrimination.” Oct. 19, showcased A Class Apart, a 2009 PBS documentary which examines a landmark civil rights case in Texas that went to the U.S. Supreme Court and resulted in overturning discriminatory laws against Americans of Latino heritage. “From a small-town Texas murder emerged a landmark civil rights case. The little-known story of the Mexican American lawyers who took Hernandez v. Texas to the Supreme Court, challenging Jim Crow-style discrimination,” according to a summary of the documentary.