Courageous Community Conversations

Goffstown Public Library: This year’s Courageous Community Conversations are focused on race and diversity in America. Our reading list and conversations are designed to help us understand many racial and cultural issues, as well as provide a starting point to open up the conversation about race in Goffstown, and hopefully, in other surrounding communities. In our present social environment, it is important to be racially and culturally diverse, and to be socially aware. By using these books to learn and grow, we hope to take part in the conversation about race in America.

Courageous Community Conversations is a collaborative project between:

Episcopal Church of New Hampshire

Goffstown Public Library

Granite State Organizing Project

Saint Anselm College

Crispin’s House

For more information, please contact:

  • Dianne Hathaway, Goffstown Public Library Director, 497-2102, contact@goffstownlibrary.com
  • Deborah McCarter, Saint Anselm College
  • Gwen Verkuilen-Chevalier, Saint Anselm College
  • James McKim, Episcopal Church of NH
  • David Basora, Goffstown Public Library

Courageous Community Events:

Here is a list of important events to attend if you are taking part in this year’s Courageous Community Conversations, or if you are interested in how race affects American culture and society. Book links can be found below.

  • Currier Museum of Art – details coming soon

Telling the Truth

  • Book Discussions – Waking Up White by Debby Irving
    • Tuesday, 2/5 at Goffstown Public Library, 6:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, 2/7 at St. Matthew’s Parish House, 7 p.m. For more info, please email office@stmattsepiscopal.org.
    • Wednesday, 3/20 at Goffstown Public Library, 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, 2/21 at Saint Anselm College in the Dana Center – I’m a Good Person! Isn’t That Enough? Public Lecture by Author Debby Irving at 7 p.m., part of the Bean Distinguished Lecture Series. Snow date: 4/4. For more information and to register.
  • Tuesday, 4/30 at Goffstown Public Library – Culturally Curious: Race and Art at 6:30 p.m. For more information and to register.

Proclaiming the Dream

Recommended readings: Dr. Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech and Understanding and Dismantling Racism : The Twenty-First Century Challenge to White America by Joseph Barndt.


Practicing the Way

Recommended reading: My Grandmother’s Hands : Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem.


Repairing the Breach

Recommended reading: the NH Diversity Commission’s report and The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein.

  • Sunday, 4/7 at Goffstown Public Library – Human Library 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 5/22 at Saint Anselm College in the NH Institute of Politics – Repair, Restore, Heal in Our Community Community Conversation at 7 p.m. For more information and to register.