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Fr. William J. Ferree Chair of Social Justice

05.16.23: Dialogue Zone Summer Institute

The Dialogue Zone staff at UD are hosting a multi-day workshop on facilitating dialogue in organizations and groups in the community. This summer institute is open to individuals, groups and organizations in the greater Dayton area. It will take place Aug. 2-4 and will include nearly 15 contact hours of training and developmental activities to help participants to build their capacities for facilitating dialogue in their own organizational context. On the last day, we focus on helping the participants to build a plan to bring dialogue into their own context. The cost is $400, which includes meals and materials. More information and a registration link can be found on the Dialogue Zone's website.

04.17.23 Two Summer Reading Groups

This summer, UD faculty and staff and Dayton metro area community members are invited to join book clubs gathering 4-5:15 p.m., Wednesdays at El Rancho Grande at the corner of Brown and Stewart streets. Join good reading companions for wide-ranging discussion over refreshments, sponsored by the Ferree Chair of Social Justice. Sign-ups will be open until May 5.

Every Wednesday, from May 17 to June 21, a group will gather to talk about "Asian Americans and the Spirit of Racial Capitalism" (Oxford University Press, 2022). Tran’s publisher notes that “Any serious consideration of Asian American life forces us to reframe the way we talk about racism and antiracism. Jonathan Tran argues racial identity is the function of a particular economy, what he calls “racial capitalism.” He develops his argument by means of an extended analysis of two case studies: a Chinese migrant settlement in the Mississippi Delta (1868-1969) and the Redeemer Community Church in the Bayview/Hunters Point section of San Francisco (1969-Present).” Sign up for the Tran reading group

On the four Wednesdays in July, a group will gather to discuss Nathan Schneider’s "Everything for Everyone: The Radical Tradition that is Shaping the Next Economy" (Nation Books, 2018). Douglas Rushkoff writes, “In Schneider’s compelling take on the origins and future of cooperativism, working together isn’t just something we do in hard times, but the key to a future characterized by abundance and distributed prosperity.” Neomi Klein’s blurb comments, “Charting a wealth of renewable ideas, tools, and commitments that are poised to reinvent democracy, Schneider tackles an immense subject with precision and grace.” Schneider studies these projects as both practical and spiritual struggles. Sign up for the Schneider reading group

Contact Laura Eloe with questions.