Sparked: A Community Conversation

About Sparked
The essays in Sparked: George Floyd, Racism, 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, participants will 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 reflect on their essays. Guests will have the opportunity to exchange views and pose questions to the speakers.

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 Illusion.

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