2020 Gather as if @ Grand
“American democracy has never shed an undemocratic assumption present at its founding: that some people are inherently entitled to more power than others.” —Jamelle Bouie, American Journalist & columnist for the New York Times
The sisters hope you will join us in our Dominican pursuits of truth, love, and justice when it comes to the 2020 Gather@Grand topic of racism. We were on the brink of launching an extensive, multi-tracked program just as the COVID-19 shelter in place orders were issued, and so we have used this time to restructure in an effort to facilitate safe exploration of this important topic. Since we cannot safely gather at Grand Avenue at this time, we invite you as individuals and/or as a group to join us in a more self-guided, distance learning exploration of the timely topic of racism.
Drawing inspiration from the New York Times Project 1619 and intended to unfold over the course of a year or longer, the Gather as if @ Grand project Racism: Roots, Resolves, Results. Through a variety of mediums and options for self-guided study and more interactive Zoom presentation we will begin to explore why racism is present and how it happened (roots); what might be attempted that would make a difference (resolves); and how such efforts have helped or not and might continue to make our common life richer, or not (results). Unlike previous Gather@Grand events, the design of this program is looser, less centralized, not dependent on physical presence, amenable to greater design at the participant level, as more choices are offered and individuals or groups may proceed as they design while keeping in loose connection with others gathering as if at a common site. We are maintaining the emphasis on three facets in particular: history, group work, film.
The Dominican Sisters offer an online Resource List, recommending diverse genres of materials to investigate and study: books, articles, films, podcasts, etc.
We are planning some virtual gatherings via Zoom, so be sure to sign up using the form below to stay in the loop and check back on this page for updates.
We Want to Hear from You
Anyone interested who wants to work collaboratively with partners can choose, find, or request to be linked with such partners or helped to form a group of 3-5 people, maybe people who can actually meet with (bubble-partners) or virtual ones. By signing up through the link provided, you will be kept up-to-date as new features of the program come online, as well as the option to resume in-person presentations and group gatherings just as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.