Livingroom Conversation - Ethnicity

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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Living Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation with those with whom we may not agree. These conversations increase understanding, reveal common ground, and sometimes even allow us to discuss possible solutions. No fancy event or skilled facilitator is needed.

Ethnicity means many things to many people, including (just for a start): your ancestral heritage, one’s cultural background, and things cultures typically include such as cuisine, holidays, ways of doing things, assumptions about “life”, etc. However, in the American context, race and ethnicity are often entangled with one another. This conversation’s primary focus is on ethnicity. For the purposes of deeper exploration, this guide (part 2 of the 3-part Race and Ethnicity Cohort Conversation) makes deliberate distinctions based on some of the common definitions for ethnicity.

This Race and Ethnicity series has its own specialized training materials. Please contact Brialle@LivingRoomConversations.org to access them.

Background Information:

(This is the second conversation in our Race & Ethnicity series of three conversations. You can check out the first one here and the third one here.) You can also listen to a podcast recording of this conversation here. Common definitions of ethnicity include:

  • A category of people who identify with each other based on similarities such as common ancestry, language, history, society, culture or nation.
  • An inherited status based on the society in which one lives. Membership of an ethnic group tends to be defined by a shared cultural heritage, ancestry, origin myth, history, homeland, language or dialect, symbolic systems such as religion, mythology and ritual, cuisine, dressing style, art or physical appearance.
  • A social group that has a common national or cultural tradition.
  • A social group that shares a common and distinctive culture, religion, language, or the like.

Please register for the link or to join by phone! Please register for our conversations on Race and Ethnicity to attend the final discussion.

For more information on how to join a Zoom Meeting, click here.


Event Type(s): Library Programming
Age Group(s): Adult
Megan Lloyd
(530) 265-7050

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