Conversation One, May 2, 2018

I’m really frustrated by blame.  What good does it do? We seem to love identifying “bad guys” – and yes, they’re usually guys – then punishing them extremely harshly.  So, given the consequences, it’s natural that fear of blame puts us all in a defensive crouch. What should we do instead?

When did you last avoid a conversation for fear of blame?  Do you remember the last time you were blamed? What would you rather do or see others do? (Or are you OK with it?)

Care to discuss?

All are welcome – New Paltz students, staff & faculty, and members of the community.  This means YOU!

Conversation One
4:30 pm, May 2, 2018
Sojourner Truth Library Conference Room (M39)
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Conversation One, April 25, 2018

A fifteen year old Jewish boy from New Jersey spends a summer living and working on a Kentucky tobacco farm in 1941, hosted by a family that happens to be Christian.  This opportunity is provided through a Federal government program intended to “encourage America’s religious and national minorities to becomcover - The Plot Against Americae further incorporated into the larger society.”* Sandy loves it.  His parents are uneasy.  Gradually the boy and his family slide into painful and ultimately dangerous conflict.

The desire to be – or at least seem to be – normal can cause terrible strain within families.  Have you lived this through this – as a child, parent, sibling?  Please join us and share your story.  All are welcome!

Sojourner Truth Library Main Lobby 
4:30 pm, April 25, 2018

*This week’s Conversation is a special tie-in to this year’s One Book One New Paltz book: Philip Roth’s quietly terrifying novel The Plot Against America.

Conversation One, April 11, 2018

From Alex:

I’m a Republican who faces discrimination from liberals and Democrats on campus but I doubt I’d be welcomed to this for that reason. It’s still a tempting idea where I can vent my frustrations, but it’s not worth it if I don’t know I’ll be comfortable.

Is Alex right?  Can Conversation One help with this issue? Let’s discuss

Conversation One, April 4, 2018

Today, the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination

Schools are almost as segregated as they were 50 years ago, and my brown-skinned daughter and son are nearly as likely to end up in poverty as their grandparents were.*  My anger over this reality endangers the most important lesson Dr. King taught: if I allow that anger to make me forget compassion toward those I’m angry at, I lose!

True/False? Want to discuss…?