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September 12, 2016

A Good Time for the Truth @ St. Kate's: A One Read for Racial Justice Event

One Read for Racial Justice

What is a One Read?

A “One Read” is an event where everyone in a particular community reads the same book and comes together to discuss it. Think of it like a giant book club. Often in addition to a shared reading, there are a series of events that give context and relate to the book’s theme.

“The idea is that the city that opens the same book closes it in greater harmony.” — Mary McGrory, The Washington Post, March 17, 2002

“People can go for days at a time not talking to anyone outside their immediate family. There are precious few opportunities for people of different ethnic background, economic levels or ages to sit down together and discuss ideas that are important to them this project provides that opportunity.” — Nancy Pearl, Director, Washington Center for the Book


The Book

A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota edited by Sun Yung Shin

“In this provocative book, sixteen of Minnesota’s best writers provide a range of perspectives on what it is like to live as a person of color in Minnesota. They give readers a splendid gift: the gift of touching another human being’s inner reality, behind masks and veils and politeness. They bring us generously into experiences that we must understand if we are to come together in real relationships.” (from publisher’s website)

Access the book from the St. Kate's Library:

We will be giving away copies of the book at many of the events listed below!


2016-2017 Event Series

Upcoming Events

Check back as more events are added or sign up to receive email notifications of the events by emailing Amy Mars: anmars@stkate.edu

MARCH, 2017

3/30, 12:15-1:15pm
A Good Time for the Truth Lunchtime Discussion
Anupama Pasricha (Apparel, Merchandising and Design Dept. aka Fashion) will lead a discussion around “Trouble in Mind: To Be Black Is Blue in America” by IBé (from the book, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota)
Faculty Study, Library 123

3/31, 12-1:30pm
Social Sciences Teach-ins: Policy in a Shifting Political Landscape
Social Safety Net, Healthcare, and Women's Issues
Presenters: Sharon Doherty, Caroline Krafft, and Deep Shikha
Center for Women, CdC 230

3/31, 7:30pm
Lizzo in Concert
A Women of Substance Event
O'Shaughnessy

APRIL, 2017

4/6, 12:15-1:15pm
A Good Time for the Truth Lunchtime Discussion
Toyin Akisanya (Master in Library & Information Science) will lead a discussion around “The Good Kind of Immigrants” by JaeRan Kim (from the book, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota)
Faculty Study, Library 123

4/11, 12:15-1:15pm
A Good Time for the Truth Lunchtime Discussion
Liv Christensen, Syneva Barrett and Teresa Ripple (Education) will lead a discussion around “Fear of a Black Mother” by Shannon Gibney & “Brutal” by Bao Phi (from the book, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota)
Faculty Study, Library 123

4/20, 12:15-1:15pm:
A Good Time for the Truth Lunchtime Discussion
Discussion Leader: Dr. David Lesniaski (Master in Library & Information Science) will lead a discussion around “Dark Trees in the Landscape of Love” by Kao Kalia Yang (from the book, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota)
Faculty Study, Library 123

4/22, 6-10pm
International Potluck
Join SCISO for International Potluck, an evening of education, fun and entertainment to showcase all of the cultures represented here at St. Kate's
Ballroom, CdC, St. Paul

4/24, 11:45-1:15
Faculty/Staff Discussion of Robin DiAngelo's article, "White Fragility"
Center for Mission, CdC 210
Rsvp by 4/7 to missionchairs@stkate.edu

4/25, 12:15-1:15pm:
A Good Time for the Truth Lunchtime Discussion
Discussion Leader: Dr. Vincent Skemp (Theology) will lead a discussion around "Seeds for Seven Generations" by Diane Wilson (from the book, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota)
Faculty Study, Library 123

4/28, 12-1:30pm
Social Sciences Teach-ins: Policy in a Shifting Political Landscape
Immigration and Environment
Presenters: Hui Wilcox and Daniel Williams
Center for Women, CdC 230

MAY, 2017

5/1, 11:30-1:30pm
Cinco de Mayo
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with cultural food, music, and festivities. Open to all St. Kate's students, faculty, and staff.
Deli, Minneapolis Campus

5/2, 12:15-1:15pm
A Good Time for the Truth Lunchtime Discussion
Dawn Quigley (Education) will lead a discussion around “Red, White and Blank” by Heid E Erdrich (from the book, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota)
Faculty Study, Library 123


Past Events

Events surrounding this book have been happening all year. Take a look at some of the past events in this series.

MARCH, 2017

3/16, 7pm
Kelly Brown Douglas talk: "Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies & the Justice of God"
CdC Rauenhorst Ballroom

3/16, 12:15-1:15pm
A Good Time for the Truth Lunchtime Discussion
Geri Chavis (English) will lead a discussion around “People Like Us” by David L Grant (from the book, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota) and talk about using literature for cultural healing
Faculty Study, Library 123

3/15, 5pm
Hidden Women Computers: The Black Women of NASA
Come hear Duchess Harris discuss her book, Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA. Harris was inspired to write this book with Sue Bradford Edwards because her grandmother was in the group of the first 11 recruited to work at NASA. These women did the mathematical calculations necessary for John Glen to go to the moon and are featured in the Hollywood film, Hidden Figures.
Mendel Hall Room 106

3/11, 6:30-7:15pm
International Peace Prayer
Our Lady of Presentation Chapel
1884 Randolph Ave, St Paul , MN

3/10, 6-9pm
SHE Pab Hmong Through My Lens Film Festival
Jeanne D'Arc Auditorium, Whitby Hall, St. Paul

3/9, 12-2pm
The New Americans - Reel Lenz to Diversity Event Series
Bring your lunch and join us for a viewing of the film The New Americans: Building Bridges.
About the film: Follow new Americans from the Dominican Republic and Nigeria as they join churches, adjust to cultural differences and stereotypes, and build relationships across language and cultural barriers.
Room 251, Education Building, Minneapolis

3/7, 12:15-1:15pm
A Good Time for the Truth Lunchtime Discussion
Nancy A Heitzeg (SOCI, CRST) will lead a discussion around “Fighting the Oppressive Whiteness” by Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria (from the book, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota)
Faculty Study, Library 123

FEBRUARY, 2017

2/24, 10am & 7:30pm, and 2/25, 7:30pm
Threads Dance Project--The Secrets of Slave Songs
O'Shaughnessy

2/23, 7pm
A Good Time for the Truth @ St. Kate’s Author Panel
Recital Hall

2/21, 4:30-6pm
Je Suis Musulmane, I am Muslim - A Cornbread & Chili Night Event
Student Org Center, 2nd floor, CdC, St. Paul

2/17 12-1:30pm
Social Sciences Teach-ins: Policy in a Shifting Political Landscape
Education and Criminal Justice
Presenters: Nancy Heitzeg and Kristine West
Center for Women, CdC 230

2/10, 11:45am-1:15pm
A Good Time for the Truth Book Discussion
Centers for Excellence (2nd floor CdC)
Faculty & staff are invited to discuss selections from the book

NOVEMBER, 2016 - FEBRUARY, 2017

November-February
Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God Staff/Faculty Reading Group
Contact Vincent Skemp, vtskemp@stkate.edu, to participate

DECEMBER, 2016

12/8, 12pm
Reel Lenz for Diversity Film Series, Inside North Korea
Education 251, Mpls Campus

NOVEMBER, 2016

11/29, 4:30pm
Healing Justice: Coming Together During Crisis
A MIPS Cornbread & Chili Event
Student Organization Center
2nd Floor, CdC

11/29, 12pm
Food for Thought Discussion Series: How Can Psychology Help Us Understand Prejudice, Discrimination, & Racial Inequalities?
Mendel 101

11/17, 12pm
Reel Lenz for Diversity Film Series, Ree Injun
Education 251, Mpls Campus

11/14-11/18
Crisis Logic and the Reader: An Experimental Symposium
St. Kate's Art & Art History Department Visiting Artist

11/1, 7pm
A Conversation with Shannon Gibney: The Powerful Connection between Courage, Art, and Spirituality: Women's Strategies and Legacies of Resistance, Agitation, and Transformation
CdC Ballrooom

OCTOBER, 2016

10/28, 7pm
The Strength of Her Witness: Theology in Global Women’s Voices
O'Shaughnessy

10/20, 6:30pm
The Emergence of Islamaphobia and the Importance of White Allies
Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality

10/20, 12pm
Reel Lenz for Diversity Film Series, Traces of the Trade
Education 251, Mpls Campus

10/6, 12pm
Race, Women, Survival and Me
Center for Women

10/4, 7pm
BLACK LIVES MATTER: Reading & Teaching for Racial Justice with Dr. Duchess Harris
Recital Hall

SEPTEMBER, 2016

9/30, 12pm
Book Release Event- The School-to-Prison Pipeline: Education, Discipline and Racialized Social Control by Nancy Heitzig
Fontbonne 103

9/26, 4:30pm
Place Not Race: A Cornbread & Chili Event
Student Organization Center, CdC, St Paul Campus

9/22, 12pm
Reel Lenz for Diversity Film Series, When Worlds Collide
Education 251, Mpls Campus

9/22, 7pm
Sisters of Selma Documentary Night
Jeanne d'Arc Auditorium

9/16, 12pm
#BlackLivesMatter: Challenging Systemic Racism in Policing and Punishment
Center for Women

9/13, 7pm
Inclusivity & Indie Authors: The Case for Community-Based Publishing
Mendel 106


Comments? Questions?

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