Past Event

Building Trust Within Communities: How can we move to a just future?

On the heels of events in Ferguson and New York, the IHC welcomes a public dialogue on how to establish healthy and safe communities. Panelists will start the process with brief presentations that touch on some of the many issues sparked by the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

  • How can we build a sense of trust when so many people feel the system has failed? How can we effectively participate in social justice?
  • Is it possible to heal the racial divide that is widening in many cities across America as demonstrated by these two tragic events?
  • Perceptions can be polarizing, so how do we adapt our frameworks to really see what is at stake in our community relationships?


Clarissa Rile Hayward, associate professor of political science and urban studies at Washington University in St. Louis, is the author of How Americans Make Race: Stories, Institutions, Spaces

Donna Moody is an educational diversity specialist

Treasure Redmond, an assistant professor of English at the East St. Louis Campus of SWIC, is a poet and commentator. Redmond is a Cave Canem fellow and her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies.

Patricia Pou (moderator), is the assistant dean of instructional services at Southwestern Illinois College, Sam Wolf Granite City campus.

  • Blow, Charles M..  “A New Age of Activism: From Eric Garner and Michael Brown to the Ballot Box,” The New York Times, December 7, 2014.
  • Coates, Ta-Nehisi, “Barack Obama, Ferguson, and the Evidence of Things Unsaid.” The Atlantic, blog, November 26, 2014.
  • Fernandez, Manny. “Police Face a Long and Complex Task to Mend Distrust Deepened by Killings,” December 7, 2014. The New York Times.
  • Kaneko, Mina and Mouly, Francoise. “Cover Story: A ‘Broken Arch’ for Ferguson,” The New Yorker, November 26, 2014.
  • Rothstein, Richard. “The Making of Ferguson: How Decades of Hostile Policy Created a Powder Keg,” American Prospect, Fall 2014.
  • Redmond, Treasure. “Ferguson and Whiteness,” St. Louis American, September 18, 2014 “Reflections on Ferguson: Special Topic,” November 24, 2014. Hold That Thought: Explore a World of Ideas podcast
  • Lindahl, Chris. “After email controversy, Smith President Kathleen McCartney leads campus vigil over police killings,”, December 8, 2014.


This program is presented by the Illinois Humanities Council in partnership with Six Mile Regional Library District.

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