At Issue – The Legacy of Race and Ethnicity in Connecticut

race and ethnicityJoin Connecticut Humanities in a six-month exploration of the legacy of race and ethnicity in our state. Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a variety of programs will take place in West Hartford, New Haven, Stamford, Waterbury and Groton.

West Hartford

Connecticut Humanities partners with The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society to offer a special two-part community forum to look at the history of different races and religions in West Hartford, and ways the community can respond to the issues facing this diversity today. Both sessions will be moderated by Janet Bauer, anthropologist and Associate Professor of International Studies at Trinity College and will be held at the  West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium. Programs are free and open to the public but space is limited so please register below.

“The Roots of our Relationships,” on May 3rd will offer historical and global context for current issues surrounding racial issues. Award-winning historian Mary M. Donohue will provide the local historical perspective on racial and ethnic groups and immigrants. Rev. Dr. Terry Schmitt, Executive Director of the Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding, will speak to the history and patterns of religious groups in our community and around the state. Finally, Megan Torey, Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Connecticut, will give the global context and conditions for immigration as well as an overview of the process faced by successive groups of immigrants. Audience questions and discussion will conclude the evening.

Register for May 3rd Event starting @ 6:00 pm – West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium

Eventbrite - Race, Religion and Response - The Roots of our Relationships

“Reflect and Respond,” on May 10th will examine current issues threatening our community’s ethnic and religious diversity, and steps citizens can take to get involved and make a difference. Panelists will include Mark Overmyer-Velazquez and Jeremy Pressman, University of Connecticut professors and grass-roots organizers, and Victoria Christgau, Founder and Executive Director of the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence. Audience questions and discussion will conclude the evening.

Register for May 10th Event starting @ 6:00 pm – West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium

Eventbrite - Race, Religion and Response - Reflect and Respond

New Haven

In partnership with the New Haven Free Public Library and the New Haven Museum Connecticut Humanities presents Heather McGhee, a noted media contributor and President of the Demos Foundation. The Foundation is a public policy organization working for an America where all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. A recognized thought leader on the national stage, McGhee frequently appears on shows such as Meet the Press, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Hardball with Chris Matthews. Her opinions, writing and research have appeared in numerous outlets, including The New York Times, The Nation, and The Hill.

Ms. McGhee will be joined in conversation by Frank Mitchell, Executive Director of the Amistad Center for Art and Culture. Together they will explore the theme, “Beyond Bigotry: Equity, Democracy and the New American Demos.” A dynamic question and answer segment with the audience will finish the afternoon and round out the discussion. This program takes place at the New Haven Museum. Space is limited so registration is required, but the event is free and open to the public.

Register for May 12th Event starting at @ 4:00 pm – New Haven Museum

Eventbrite - Beyond Bigotry: A Conversation with Heather McGhee


The Ferguson Library in Stamford, in partnership with Connecticut Humanities and Everyday Democracy, presents “Dialogue to Change,” a process that will turn community discussion into action. The process will focus on the impact of racism in public education. An introductory session for the public will be held on Monday, May 8th at 3:00 p.m. at the Library with special programs, training and workshops over the summer.


Details coming soon!


Details coming soon!

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