Dr. Robert C. Richards. Jr., is working with the Arkansas Peace and Justice Memorial Movement Pulaski County Community Remembrance Project, Coming to the Table, and the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute to host four online racial healing dialogue sessions for Arkansas residents in November.
Two of the dialogues will be on the specific topic of racial healing, and two dialogues will be “learning session” discussions of portions of Richard Rothstein’s documentary film about the effects of racial segregation in the United States, “Segregated by Design.”
The dialogues will be facilitated by students enrolled in the Clinton School’s Master of Public Service degree program and other trained facilitators, and will be organized by the Arkansas chapter of the interracial dialogue organization Coming to the Table, APJMM Pulaski County Community Remembrance Project.
Coming to the Table is a national nonprofit organization with the mission to provide courageous spaces for people from different socio-economic backgrounds to sit at the same table and engage in honest and transparent discussions dealing with issues of structural violence and racial injustice.
Richards teaches Communication Processes and Social (Ex)Change at the Clinton School. His research interests include democratic deliberation, participatory governance, and political and legal communication and information.
The Clinton School Speaker Series not only enhances the education of Clinton School students, but also provides a venue for the public to engage in intellectual discussions on the issues of the day.