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Conversation with Robin DiAngelo: "White Fragility"

Robin DiAngelo in conversation with Alice Green

Premieres 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11

Video will be available for viewing at your convenience following the premiere.

Robin DiAngelo is the bestselling author of White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.

DiAngelo's book, originally published in 2018, became one of the most popular titles of 2020 following the protests and racial unrest across the country in response to the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. It has sold more than 1.7 million copies and currently sits at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list.

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism is available to order from The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza:

Dr. Alice Green is Executive Director of the Center for Law and Justice in Albany, a civil rights organization she founded in 1985.  She has a doctorate in criminal justice and 3 master’s degrees – education, social work, and criminology.

The Time for Reckoning: Confronting Systemic Racism, Seeking Justice and Reimagining Society presents four themed weeks addressing community concerns. The symposium culminates during the week of October 26, when public TV station WMHT will air a segment of its New York Now program devoted to The Time for Reckoning symposium.

Through a generous gift from the Steve McKee Foundation of Troy, the symposium will award microgrants to local activists, grass-roots community groups, artists, writers, filmmakers and people of all ages, especially students, who are actively engaged in collaborative efforts to address systemic racism and to create work and actions to overcome it. Proposals are being accepted through the end of October.

The Time for Reckoning is a production of The NYS Writers Institute and The Center for Law and Justice and collaborators WMHT, the Times Union, the Justice Center of Rensselaer County, All Of Us, Youth FX, Amnesty International USA, and other community partners.

Visit for event information and more resources for further study and action.

Themes for the month-long Time for Reckoning series

Week 1 beginning October 5:

The impact of systemic racism in Capital Region communities.

Week 2 beginning October 12:

Highlight issues of trust between community members and the government officials who serve them -- particularly police.

Video premiere Wednesday, Oct. 14: Susan Burton, the founder and executive director of A New Way of Life, a nonprofit that provides housing and other support to formerly incarcerated women. She is the co-author, with Cari Lynn, of Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women.

Week 3 beginning October 19:

Explore possible avenues of reform to ameliorate systemic racism.

Week 4 beginning October 26:

The final week will address accountability --- how can the community monitor government actions to guard against further injustices due to systemic racism?

We invite everyone from the Capital Region and beyond to visit


Congratulations to our friend, poet Louise Gluck, on winning the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature.Louise was a regular participant the New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.  We'll have more to say about her connection to the NYS Writers Institute in tomorrow's post.


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