Brainstorming: The Human Connection
Schedule (Sessions begin via Zoom at 10:30 a.m.)
- Sept. 3 | Topic: The Complications of Doing Objective Reporting Lawrence Diggs interviews 2020 Festival presenter Nick Martin, a staff writer at The New Republic. Martin covers Indian Country, with a focus on tribal sovereignty.
- Sept. 10 | Topic: Maximizing Voter Participation Lawrence Diggs interviews Amy Scott-Stoltz, President of the League of Women Voters of South Dakota.
- Sept. 17 | Topic: Peace Education Lawrence Diggs interviews 2020 Festival Presenter Alphonse Keasley, author and academic trailblazer, about his work in peace education.
- Sept. 24 | Topic: John Lewis and Civil Rights in America Lawrence Diggs interviews 2020 Festival presenter Ann Bausum about her friendship with John Lewis and writing about the Civil Rights Movement.
Diggs Hosting Weekly Sessions
The South Dakota Humanities Council, in cooperation with longtime SDHC scholar Lawrence Diggs, has developed a program to bring people peace and unity during these trying and divisive times.
"Brainstorming: The Human Connection" is a weekly discussion series led by Diggs. When it becomes safe once again to meet in person, sessions will be held in person. Until then, participants will gather via Zoom. Diggs will use his humanities expertise to introduce and connect people with one another to help avoid tragic misunderstandings like the one that occurred in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, when George Floyd, an African-American man, died after police kneeled on his back and neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Read our official statement on that situation here).
Since this event, unrest has spread across the US, stemming from deeply rooted racial injustices that plague both America's past and present. As a State Humanities Council, it is our duty to provide humanities solutions to heal communities across their states and facilitate meaningful conversations in light of these circumstances.
Brainstorming Sessions: Schedule and Signup
The next session will be held Thursday, Sept. 24 at 10:30 a.m. Sign up below.
Brainstorming: The Human Connection Meeting Thursday, Sept. 24, 10:30 AM
Topic: John Lewis and Civil Rights in America Lawrence Diggs interviews 2020 Festival presenter Ann Bausum about her friendship with John Lewis and writing about the Civil Rights Movement.
Time: Sept. 24, 2020, 10:30 a.m. Central Time (US and Canada)
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About: Diggs is the host of “Brainstorming: The Human Connection,” a weekly South Dakota Humanities Council discussion series on forging human relationships. Audience participation is encouraged. Please note the meetings will be recorded. If you'd prefer not to be on the recording, you can attend and listen with your video and/or microphone turned off.
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Meeting ID: 829 9213 2991
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