As Rodney King lamented in 1991, we “can’t just get along” until we engage in correcting the history of the impact that slavery and Jim Crow had on race relations in America. Only then can we engage in acknowledging our past and moving forward into a future filled with hope. Six sessions, each by a different presenter will explore: The impact of Gandhi on Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela’s efforts at reconciliation in South Africa, and contemporary attempts to begin the conversation about race in the U.S. which is necessarily a precursor to moving forward. Presenters include Drew Herzig, Reverend Ralph Howe, William Sturgeon and Will Singleton.

Note that the classroom for this course is BCC Field Administrative Building - room F203

Class Session Schedule:

January 16  Drew Herzig, Gandhi's Satyagrhan Influence on Non-Violent Protest

January 23 and January 30 William Sturgeon, What I Learned from Working with Nelson Mandela in South Africa

February 6  Rev. Ralph Howe, Acknowledging Responsibility and Moving On
Ralph Howe III is a United Methodist elder serving in Pittsfield with 25 years in the ministry. Before that he practiced law in Vermont. 

February 13 Will Singleton, Where Do We Go From Here?

February 20, Panel Discussion with the above speakers

Virginia O’Leary holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Wayne State University. The final decade of her academic career, her research focused on cross-cultural comparisons involving race, class, caste and identity. She is curator and moderator of this course.

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