Sparked: A Community Conversation

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About Sparked

The essays in Sparked: George FloydRacism, and the Progressive Illusion reflect on the murder of George Floyd and the wonderful and wretched sides of living in Minneapolis, revealing deep complexities, ingrained inequities, and diverse personal experiences. 

The College of Liberal Arts is bringing community together for meaningful conversations with the book's essay authors, many of whom are current or former CLA faculty and graduate students. During facilitated breakout sessions, we'll dive into the book's themes and share personal perspectives on what it means to live and work in Minneapolis, and what it will take to ensure every member of our community can thrive.

This event will be broadcast via a livestream. Audience members will receive a link to join the event. 

Join the Conversation 

During the event, CLA faculty and Sparked contributing authors will share their perspectives and read excerpts from their essays. Guests will have the opportunity to reflect in  small groups (online) through guided conversations on the topics and to exchange views, feelings, and ideas. 

Common Reading

Join the University of Minnesota community in a conversation on the topics presented in the book Sparked: George Floyd, Racism, and the Progressive IllusionGrab a copy of the book (print, digital, audio - your choice) and immerse yourself in the stories of its contributors.

Guest Speakers:

  • Walter R. Jacobs, dean of the College of Social Sciences, San José State University
  • Doug Hartmann, professor of sociology, College of Liberal Arts, and director of the Public Life Project
  • Other speakers and facilitators to be announced

The Public Life Project is a new initiative in the College of Liberal Arts that provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to grapple with polarizing divisions and inequalities, engage empathetically with others, and prepare for active, meaningful public lives. 

Learn more about the Public Life Project

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