The Harvest – Reading Circles Events

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Reading Circles

Contact the host of the Reading Circle directly, see information below.

Boston

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 7:00-9:00 PM

The Harvest is a community engagement initiative examining the history and consequences of our nation’s failed effort to achieve racially integrated public schools. Readings can be downloaded from the Mass Humanities resources page. Parking is available across the Square from the Mattapan MBTA (trolley/bus) stop.

Location: Church of the Holy Spirit, 525 River Street, Mattapan (entrance through the door to the right of the main stone church) (map)
Web: cos-milton.org/mattapan-reading-circle-courageous-conversations-october-event/
Contact info: dianedsouza@gmail.com

Monday, October 23, 2017, 6:30-8:30 PM

The Harvest is a community engagement initiative examining the history and consequences of our nation’s failed effort to achieve racially integrated public schools. Prior to the meeting, we ask attendees to read from Farah Stockman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning series of Boston Globe columns on the legacy of the Boston busing crisis. Readings can be downloaded from the Mass Humanities resources page. We aim to discuss the columns titled: Did busing slow the city’s desegregation? In schools, can separate be equal? Boston schools get a do-over. Additionally, we’ll read a first hand account written by a Knapsack member, Leola, about her experiences integrating schools in Boston. There may be some street parking or garage parking. Public transportation is preferable, stations within a few blocks: State Street, Downtown Crossing, Park Street. The location is wheelchair accessible. Please be in touch if you have other needs.

Location: downtown Boston. Please see meetup description for details and RSVP there to attend. If you don’t want to sign up for meetup, write to the organizer to RSVP and get details. Space is limited.
Web: www.meetup.com/Antiracists/events/244172261/
Contact info: knapsack.group@gmail.com

Brookline

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 7:00-8:00 PM

Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 7:00-8:00 PM

Join us for “Beyond Boston Busing”, a reading circle hosted in partnership with Mass Humanities and discussion facilitated by Daniel Osborn. We will discuss the history of Boston desegregation and its connection to the film, “The Harvest.” which explores the legacy of public school integration in Leland, Mississippi. Douglas Blackmon, co-producer of the film, will lead a panel discussion on November 1st with members from the Boston community who experienced the social and political turmoil of the Boston busing crisis. Reading materials are available at The Harvest Reading Circles. All participants are encouraged to read the articles before attending the Reading Circle event, and before the November 1st screening and panel discussion of “The Harvest.” The readings can be downloaded from the Mass Humanities resources page. Street parking available and limited space available in Facing History parking lot.

Location: Facing History and Ourselves, 16 Hurd Road, Brookline (map)
Contact info: princess_johnson@facing.org | (617) 735-1625

Charlestown

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 6:00-8:00 PM

The Harvest is a community engagement initiative examining the history and consequences of our nation’s failed effort to achieve racially integrated public schools. At the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club, the discussion on the readings will be led by Fran Smith. The readings can be downloaded from the Mass Humanities resources page. 2 hour parking on Green Street and Main Street. 5-7 min walk from Community College.

Location: Charlestown Boys and Girls Club, 15 Green Street, 3rd Floor (map)
Contact info: scoughlin1@partners.org | (617) 726-0059

East Boston

Monday, October 2, 2017, 6:30-8:00 PM

The Harvest is a community engagement initiative examining the history and consequences of our nation’s failed effort to achieve racially integrated public schools. At the Maverick Landing Community Center, the discussions on the readings will be led by Fran Smith and local educators. The readings can be downloaded from the Mass Humanities resources page. The location is accessible, and walkable from the Maverick MBTA station. Parking is a challenge.

Location: Maverick Landing Community Room, 31 Liverpool Street, East Boston (map)
Contact info: openhonest@masshumanities.org | (617) 569-5240

Jamaica Plain

Sunday, October 8, 2017, 12:30-2:30 PM

The Harvest is a community engagement initiative examining the history and consequences of our nation’s failed effort to achieve racially integrated public schools. This reading circle will focus on how the legacy of school desegregation beginning in 1974 still affects Boston today. Bethany Allen will lead the discussion. The readings can be downloaded from the Mass Humanities resources page. The location is accessible by bus and is a 15 minute walk from the Green Street T stop. Street parking is available.

Location: Showing Up for Racial Justice, 65 Burroughs Street, Jamaica Plain (map)
Web: https://www.facebook.com/events/958914917581146/
Contact info: lloydsuria2@yahoo.com

North Attleboro

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 6:00-8:00 PM

The Harvest is a community engagement initiative examining the history and consequences of our nation’s failed effort to achieve racially integrated public schools. At Richards Memorial Library, the discussions on the readings will be led by Kevin Smith and will focus on what quality education means and how it can be provided to all children. Copies of the readings are available at the library or can be downloaded from the Mass Humanities resources page. Registration is requested so we can keep the discussion group manageable.

Location: Richards Memorial Library, Downstairs Program Room, 118 North Washington Street (map)
Web: www.rmlonline.org/events/2017/08/23/harvest-how-do-we-achieve-educational-equality
Contact info: mholmes@sailsinc.org | (508) 699-0122

Roxbury

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

The Harvest is a community engagement initiative examining the history and consequences of our nation’s failed effort to achieve racially integrated public schools. At Urban Edge, the discussions on the readings will be led by Fran Smith. Readings can be downloaded from the Mass Humanities resources page. Urban Edge is located across the street from the Jackson Square Orange Line MBTA stop.

Location: Urban Edge Community Room, 1542 Columbus Avenue (map)
Contact info: eric.leslie@unioncapitalboston.com

South Deerfield

Monday, October 9, 2017, 2:00-3:30 PM

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 7:00-8:30 PM

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 2:00-3:30 PM

The Harvest is a community engagement initiative examining the history and consequences of our nation’s failed effort to achieve racially integrated public schools. At Deerfield Business Center’s conference room, the discussions on the readings will be led by Mel Ptacek. The readings can be downloaded from the Mass Humanities resources page. Registration is requested so we can keep the discussion group manageable. Parking is available

Location: Deerfield Business Center in the conference room, 110 North Hillside Road, S. Deerfield (map)
Contact info: melmpta@gmail.com

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