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.

Race and the Future of Public Education, Feb. 21

With questions of race and racism at the forefront of political and policy conversations nationally, the LBJ Future Forum invites you to an intimate panel discussion and audience Q&A to explore the projected demographics of the schoolchildren and educators in the Texas public education system and some of the related policy, political, and socioeconomic issues. This free event, from 6-7 p.m. on Feb. 21, is at the LBJ Presidential Library on the University of Texas campus. Free tickets are available and registration is required. For more information and to register, click here.

Panelists are Rafael Bejar, Outreach Coordinator, Policy Advisor, Texas Public Policy Foundation; Morgan Craven, Director, School-to-Prison Pipeline Project, Texas Appleseed
; Rep. Gina Hinojosa, State Representative for House District 49; and Gregory Worthington, doctoral student in UT’s Education Policy & Planning Program and former public school classroom teacher Julie Chang, state education reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, will moderate. 

“I Am Not Your Negro” Screening & Discussion, Feb. 22

Courageous Conversations on Racism in Austin is hosting a screening of the 2016 documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro” at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 at the Diocese of Austin Pastoral Center, 6225 Highway 290 East, Austin.  For more information, contact Johnnie Dorsey.

I’m tired. Can we stop talking about racism now?, Feb. 23

Discussing topics such as racism and discrimination are time consuming, tiring, and can lead to hopelessness and apathy. Some people have the privilege to escape these conversations when they’ve met their limit, but others often don’t have that option.  Some complain or feel forced to address racism while others get tired of being the person having to address the issue. Together we will discuss:  Is it an option to turn off these conversations?  Who’s responsibility is it to keep them going?  What if you are at the point of burnout and/or it consumes your life? Hosted by the YWCA of Greater Austin, 2015 South IH 35, Suite 110, Austin. Noon-1:30 p.m., Feb. 23. Bring your lunch. For more information, please contact Laura Gomez-Horton at

Black History Month Banquet, Feb. 24

The annual banquet will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Feb. 24, at the Georgetown Public Library and will honor nursing professionals, in a special presentation by Col. DeVry Anderson, from Fort Hood. To purchase $25 banquet tickets, contact Paulette Taylor at

Southwestern Symposium:  Quincenera Style as WOC Feminist Praxis: Youth, Voice and Futurity and Transforming Llatnos into Gritos: Latinx Feminism and the Decolonial Imagry, Feb. 26

Presentations by Rachael Gonzalez-Martin, assistant professor of Mexican American and Latino Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, and Emma Velez, PhD candidate in philosophy and women’s studies at Penn State University. Free and open to the public. 4:30-6:30 p.m., Feb. 26, in the Mood-Bridwell Atrium at Southwestern University. To download a flier, click here.

Naming the Forgotten: A Ceremony of Remembrance, 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  enslaved people. 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 by “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.

Courageous Conversations GTX Assembly:  Cultural Competence, March 24

Details TBD.


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.