Critical Conversations

After the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, members of the Cañada College community have engaged in a series of Critical Conversations on Race to deepen our understanding of structural racism in our society and how we, as a community of scholars and practitioners, can begin to dismantle it. 

During the 2020-21 academic year, the Cañada College campus community will hold a series of five Critical Conversations on Race as part of a "community read" open to all Cañada students, faculty, staff, and administrators to engage in a community read of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s How to be an Antiracist. Sections of the book have been distributed throughout the 2020 – 2021 academic year and will be paired with a critical conversation zoom session. The dialogue will center on race with Dr. Kendi’s book as a springboard for the conversation. The dialogue may and is encouraged to explore the deeper impacts of race for each of us on campus, in our communities, and in the world. Please mark your calendars.  The Cañada College Library has both hard and e-copies of Dr. Kendi's book:   login to the Library site here.


Date/Time Resources

May 14, 2021 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Zoom Link

Ch. 16 – Ch. 18
Topics: failure, success, survival

March 19, 2021 1:30 - 3:00 PM

(rescheduled from February 2021)

Ch. 12 – Ch. 15
Topics: class, space, gender, sexuality

Zoom Link to this Critical Conversation 

November 20, 2020 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Ch. 6 – Ch. 11
Topics: body, culture, behavior, color, White, Black

October 16, 2020 1:30 – 3:00 PM Intro – Ch. 5

Topics: definitions, dueling consciousness, power, biology, ethnicity

July 22, 2020 3:30-5 p.m.
June 24, 2020 3:30-5 p.m.
June 8, 2020 9-10:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.  Initial discussion