Face-2-Face Conversations

conversationsFace-2-Face (F2F) conversations are discussions dealing with race and racial conflict. Because race is a sensitive and controversial topic, F2F conversations provide a forum for interesting, illuminating and real conversation—student to student—without reinforcing tired stereotypes, amplifying hostility, or spreading more misinformation about the very real and complex racial conflicts playing out in America today.

The hope is that participants are ready to move outside their comfort zones, ready to examine implicit assumptions and thoughtfully challenge those of others. Even more basic, participants should be willing to listen without interruption, to someone expressing a view that you may not initially agree with, or may not fully understand; to let others tell their story and be heard with the same patience and attentiveness and respect others will demonstrate when you share your thoughts or concerns.

Everyone should be prepared to speak honestly, openly, and with decency and respect; to think critically about what is being said and heard; to try to place yourself in the position of those speaking, to feel what it might be like to walk a mile in their shoes so that you might better understand how the speaker came to hold the views that they are sharing. And for those who really want to learn something, there must be a willingness to expand consciousness about an uncomfortable and divisive subject, a topic that cannot be discussed without facing the very real pain and hurt and harm central to racial conflict, and to share an aspiration as old as America itself, that we might find ways to work together with everyone in the group toward justice, reconciliation, and redemption.

The conversations are held in a casual setting that encourages open conversation. There are no formal rules or format to a F2F conversation; it simply begins with a facilitator or moderator making a few opening statements, reading a selected passage, or posing a question, and then encouraging participants to join the conversation.

Date Topic Time Location Sponsor
Monday, Feb. 3 The Struggle for Survival: Afro-Descendant and
Indigenous Culture in Latin America
1:30-3:30 p.m. Student Union 335 IRTF
Ask a Black Person 5-6:30 p.m. Student Union 335 Pan-African Student Organization
Tuesday, Feb. 4 Understanding the Truths Regarding Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation noon-1 p.m. Student Union 335 Lifebanc
Wednesday, Feb. 5 The Latino Experience in Ohio: Immigration Law and the Effects on Families and Deportation 1-2:30 p.m. Student Union 335 HOLA
#hatespeech 3:15 p.m. Polsky 313
Ebonics: Dis a Language? 5-6:30 p.m. Student Union 335
Thursday, Feb. 6 Cracking the Codes - The System of Racial Inequity noon-1 p.m. Student Union 310 Ohio Organizing Collaborative/Stand Up For Ohio
Monday, Feb. 10 50 Years Later: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 2-3 p.m. McClain Gallery, Buckingham Building
Tuesday, Feb. 11 Cultural Intolerance presented by Dr. Rob Schwartz 2-3 p.m. Polsky 313
Wednesday, Feb. 12 Is it okay to use the N-word? 5-6:30 p.m. Student Union 335
Thursday, Feb. 13 Do Black Lives Matter? noon-1 p.m. Student Union 310 Ohio Organizing Collaborative/Stand Up For Ohio/Stop the Violence Akron Movement
Friday, Feb. 14 Racial Stereotypes in the Media 10-11:30 a.m. Bierce Library 154 University Libraries
Friday, Feb. 14 "Racism in Politics" presented by Dr. James Holland, Dr. Stephen Brooks and Michael Shepherd 1-2:30 p.m. Student Union 335 Political Science
Friday, Feb. 14 "Mandatory Minimums" presented by CJ Dupre and Dylan Tracey 1-2:30 p.m. Student Union 314 Political Science