Get Involved! Discussions and Events

Dialogues on Diversity Events

January 21 | Panel Discussion on Butler

Insights and Inklings

Keating Theatre 5:00 – 6:00 P.M.

Moderated by Chief Judge Williams with guest Dr. Brendan Goff, Assistant Professor of American History, cast member Shane Taylor and director Jason Cannon.

View this past discussion here.


February 18 | Butler Panel Discussion

The Masks We Wear 

Keating Theatre 5:00 – 6:00 P.M.

Moderated by Chief Judge Williams with guest Dr. Eddy Regnier and cast members Shane Taylor and Eric Hoffmann


Feb 27 | Pay What You Can Night

Sponsored by Sy & Shelley Goldblatt

Pre and Post-show speeches by Steering Committee members Mayor Willie Charles Shaw, and President of Sarasota County NAACP, Trevor Harvey          

Keating Theatre 8:00 P.M.


Mar 31| My Name is Asher Lev Panel Discussion

The Roots of Hatred

Keating Theatre 5:00 – 6:00 P.M.


April 28 | Alabama Story Panel Discussion

Hot Topics of Today: Banned Books and  Other Literature 

Gompertz Theatre 5:00 – 6:00 P.M.

Moderated by Opinion-Editor Tom Tryon with guests Sarabeth Kalajian, Director of Sarasota County Libraries & Historical Resources; Edward James III, political strategist; Georgia Court, Owner of Bookstore 1 Sarasota; and Dr. April Flakne, Associate Professor of Philosophy


May 19 | Alabama Story Panel Discussion

Moral Citizenship: A Call to Conscience

Gompertz Theatre 5:00 – 6:00 P.M.

Moderated by Chief Judge Williams with guest Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Director of the Religion Department at The Chautauqua Institution


May 23 | Sarasota Celebrates Diversity: Sharing Our Stories

 Dialogues on Diversity Closing Event

The Green Room 5:30 – 7:30 PM


Community Events

Feb 1 | A Message From Our Pulpits: Diversity in Action

Sarasota Ministerial Association’s constituent churches and synagogues dedicate the month of February to speaking on race issues.


Feb 26 | Morehouse School of Medicine 40th Anniversary City Tour

Featuring President Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice and Ambassador Andrew Young

4:30 – 7:30 P.M.


May 11| Beaches, Benches, and Boycotts Exhibit Reception

North Sarasota Library 5:30 – 7:00 P.M.

Sponsored by The Florida Holocaust Museum & The Sarasota County Public Libraries

Beaches, Benches, and Boycotts: Civil Rights Movement in Sarasota and Tampa Bay Exhibit

May 2 – 16 at North Sarasota Library

May 17 – 31 Selby Library

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