Social Cohesion Dialogue highlights diverse voices, topics

Public event to welcome evocative conversation about belonging, justice and culture on Oct. 20

Flyer for the Social Cohesion Dialogue 2022 featuring portraits of the authors Anna Qu and Alaina Roberts.

The Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Arizona State University presents the fall 2022 Social Cohesion Dialogue.

Since the spring of 2019, the Social Cohesion Dialogue has created memorable conversations and calls to action with accomplished writers and readers from diverse communities. Participants receive copies of that year's chosen books, free of charge, and then read the books and discuss them both in small groups and with the authors themselves at a special public event.

Grappling with vital issues of culture, human rights, race, class, environmental justice, education, civil rights and democracy, this year's event is offering more of the evocative conversations that are shaping our lives and societies.

Two books, “Made in China: A Memoir of Love and Labor” by Anna Qu and “I’ve Been Here All the While: Black Freedom on Native Land” by Alaina Roberts, are spurring discussion and analysis in Social Cohesion book discussion groups taking place from now through Oct. 9. Those interested in joining the discussion can still sign up for the in-person and virtual exchanges facilitated by ASU faculty, staff, students and community partners, including the Tempe Union High School District, Chandler-Gilbert Community College and Glendale Community College.

This year’s Social Cohesion Dialogue will culminate with an in-person and livestreamed public session with the authors at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Evelyn Smith Theatre in the Music Building on ASU’s Tempe campus.  

Social Cohesion Dialogue events are free and open to the public.

Click here for more information on how to register for the events.

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