The “Can We Talk” series began in 2016. This ongoing series is designed to engender productive and respectful discourse here in Concord. The goal is to create opportunities for the community to come together to discuss and learn from what is happening around us.

Since 2016, the CCACE Advisory Committee has promoted and hosted three community forums: Fake News: The Changing Landscape of Journalism in the 21st Century, Conversations in a Civil Society-Agreeing to Disagree, The Defamation Experience, and Unconscious Bias: Interrupting the Cycle.

CCACE covers the cost of bringing these talks to the community. We charge a fee to help defray these costs. If you would like, you may make a donation to help cover future “Can We Talk programs”.

October 2020 – June 2021:

Unconscious Bias: Interrupting the Cycle Part II*

Whether you were a part of last year’s program or want to jump in now, all are invited to join us.

Unconscious bias (or implicit bias): prejudice or unsupported judgments in favor of or against one thing, person, or group as compared to another, in a way that is usually considered unfair. — from Vanderbilt University’s Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

We will continue to look at recognizing and acknowledging that we all have biases and that we contribute to the problem. We will examine our unconscious biases, understand how to have conversations with others around this topic, and learn tools to use in our daily lives to counteract this.

This course will be offered in two sections, a morning section and an evening section. The first session in October will be all together from 7-9 pm. For the remainder of the sessions, section A will meet on Tuesdays from 10 am – 12 pm and section B will meet on Wednesdays from 7-9 pm. Please note which session you are signing up for. 

The series begins with an overview of unconscious bias and how to perceive the topic as a whole with Dr. Paula Martin. Each subsequent presentation will build on that topic, covering race, gender, and class/culture issues, and end with a discussion on how to take what we’ve learned and apply it. We hope you will join us, and our knowledgeable presenters, in better understanding this important and timely topic.

MEDIA and the MIND
Let’s explore how the messages taught and caught through the media can adjust the lens through which we see the world; thus molding the ways in which we think. What impact has the media had on your life?

What Does All This LGBTQ Stuff Have To Do with Me?
In this workshop, we’ll explore why LGBTQ-inclusive thinking is important for all members of our community, with a focus on safe, age-appropriate ways adults can enter into conversations with children and each other about gender and sexuality. We’ll review all that is incorporated in LGBTQ+ terminology, spend time grappling with the difference between “safety” and “comfort” as it pertains to dominant groups facing marginalized experiences, and brainstorm ways to welcome LGBTQ+ folks into our community.

Cultural Appropriation: Building Respect, Perspective, and Compassion
To understand cultural appropriation, we have to understand the significance of a group’s culture and our own power and privilege. This workshop will explore ways cultures can interact, from acculturation to assimilation, and how cultural appropriation is not an equitable exchange of ideas.

During the final presentation, Dr. Martin will bring us together again to talk about barriers that keep us from facing and having courageous conversations and acquire concrete strategies to help us have the conversations we need to have, not only about race but all the other ” isms” we are faced with. These strategies will be universal in that anyone can use them. We will also have the opportunity to practice the scripts that help us to engage in these various conversations. Having the conversation is the beginning – not the end.


*This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library