Events

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.

Courageous Conversations Assembly:
A Cultural Competency Workshop
October 20

Saturday, October 20
9:00 a.m. to Noon
Getsemani Community Center
412 E 19th St, Georgetown

Implicit biases, also known as unconscious biases, often guide our thinking about social categories (such as race, gender, class, etc.) and can result in behaviors that perpetuate disparate outcomes for those who are marginalized. These biases are born through direct experiences as well as through stories passed on by family, media, and culture. Only when we bring these biases to our conscious awareness can we shift them. Join us for this interactive workshop that is centered around three activities that prompt us to look at our own biases in a group setting. This workshop is open to those …

  • who have already participated in the program Historical Policy Foundations for Socioeconomic Disparities” held by Courageous Conversations on March 24, or on other occasions with the Georgetown Health Foundation or the Southeast Georgetown Community Council;
  • or, who are open to exploring their own biases while witnessing and supporting others to do the same.

Presenter: Lorna Hermosura, Georgetown Health Foundation Program Officer and PhD candidate at University of Texas at Austin

Register here.

The History of Racial Discrimination Against Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in Texas
October 30

An Educational Symposium Co-Sponsored by Courageous Conversations Georgetown and the Race and Ethnicity Studies Program at Southwestern University

Tuesday, October 30
7:00pm  9:00pm CDT
Southwestern University
F.W. Olin Building, Room 105

For more information, click here.

Courageous Conversations Core Team Meeting
November 5

Monday, November 5
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Getsemani Community Center
412 E 19th St, Georgetown

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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.