2018 Events

  • Oyster River Community Read
  • Oyster River Community Read

Check our Facebook page for program additions and weather cancellations. 

"I'm a good person. Isn't that enough?" Waking Up White author, Debby Irving speak.


APR 8, 1-4pm Community Church of Durham

RSVP HERE: Sign-up

This will be a copy of the workshop listed below facilitated by NH Listens of the Carsey School of Public Policy.

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JAN 24, 6-9pm OR JAN 30, 9:30am-12:30pm
Do you wish you had more opportunity to think/learn about race and the impact of racism? What if you could increase your capacity to improve relationships and change the way we think? Join Oyster River Community Read, the University of New Hampshire’s Office of Community, Equity, and Diversity and NH Listens to reflect, learn and address racism.

Facilitated by NH Listens of the Carsey School of Public Policy, UNH. 

Workshops at theCommunity Church of Durham (24th), 17 Main St., Durham and Madbury Town Hall (30th), 13 Town Hall Rd., Madbury.



Jan. 24 Sign-up link

Jan. 30 Sign-up link

Bias Awareness and Intervention Training Lab 
FEB 13, 3:10pm-4:30pm 

Presented by Dr. Stephanie Goodwin, renowned leading expert on bias intervention and awareness training and practices. UNH, Memorial Union Building, Rm 156. No sign-up needed.


Drop in and join the conversations on our featured book, Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.

JAN 31, 6:30pm  Madbury Public Library,

9 Town Hall Rd., Madbury
MAR 14, 6:30pm Lee Safety Complex,

20 George Bennett Rd., Lee

Chapter Read Alouds and Discussion

FEB 20, 7pm  and MAR 6, 7pm Freedom Cafe,

10 Mill Rd., Durham.



NEW: Workshop on Race and Bias 


FEB 4, 11:30am-12:30pm  

Art Talk with exhibiting artist Richard Haynes. Community Church of Durham, 17 Main St. Durham. 

Exhibit will be on display until Jun 1. 

Haynes work will also be on view at the Durham Public Library until Jan 30.


What is your earliest memory of race? 

FEB 12, 6:30-8:30pm 

Led by Katherine Towler.  RSVP at the Madbury Public Library, 9 Town Hall Rd., Madbury.


MAR 15, 7pm  

Come share a poem, some music, or a short narrative on race and diversity. 

Durham Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2-14 Woodman Rd., Durham

ARTS WORKSHOP SERIES:  Culture Keepers: Culture Makers

Make art, even if it is something you never do. Tap into your creative side to explore how you define culture. Classes and conversations led by artist Richard Haynes. Free and No art experience necessary. Open to ages 12-adult (we hope many ages join us!) Here is the link to the schedule. Participants must commit to all dates.  Go here to learn more.




"I'm a good person. Isn't that enough?" from Waking Up White.

APR 16, 5pm  Community Dinner at Oyster River High school, 55 Coe Dr., Durham

RSVP for the dinner here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0944adae23a4fc1-april1/52069757

APR 16, 7pm Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race author, Debby Irving, 

speaks at Oyster River High School.

What's Next? Oyster River Community Conversation
May 3, 6pm-9pm  

Join us to shape next steps to sustain a fair and equitable community. Facilitated by NH Listens of the Carsey School of Public Policy, UNH. Event at Oyster River High School.

Sign-up here: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=4pj54lcab&oeidk=a07ef9avx7n7157f47a




Hosted by Oyster River Parents of Preschoolers (ORPP) at the Durham Public Library, 49 Madbury Rd., Durham.

FEB 6, 1pm 

Featured book: One Family by George Shannon. This will be followed by a puzzle art activity.

APR 11, 10:30am

Featured book: The Crayon Box that Talked by Shane DeRolf. This will be followed by a Play Doh activity.


MAR 2, 10:30am 

Tim Van Egmond shares his original children's performance, Building Bridges. Sponsored by Madbury, Durham, and 
Lee Public Libraries at Lee Church Congregational, 17 Mast Rd., Lee.

FEB 12, 3:15-4:15pm  

Sign-up at Durham Public Library. This is a perfect group for those youth who have read the book and who would enjoy talking about it.


(Stay tuned for dates)

UNH's Community Literacy Center will host an on-going, Brown Girl Dreaming book club for those who want to discuss the book chapters at a time at Oyster River Middle School. 





LECTURE: New Date- MAR 28, 6:30pm 

Michael Ward discusses his autobiography, A Colored Man in Exeter

Lee Safety Complex, 20 George Bennett Rd., Lee 

This first volume, “A Colored Man in Exeter”, recounts some of Harold’s experiences in the Exeter, NH area from  1959 until 1975. During this time, he often worked with people who had never spoken to or seen a "colored person" before. He became an ambassador for his race in an era where people were known for their deeds and not their bluster. Sometimes the challenge was overwhelming. But he and Virginia were equally relentless in disproving the existing stereotypes of the era. They succeeded. Throughout their lives, Harold and Virginia taught their children five basic tenets: 1. We are equal and will not stand to be treated any other way. 2. Racists are either ignorant or stupid. Ignorant people can be taught. Stupid people can’t, so don’t waste your time on them. 3. Any commitment you make is total; there is no excuse for not fulfilling one. 4. Do not spend time doing what everybody else does. Do what’s right for you as well as you possibly can. 5. When you are in the right, you do not quit. No one ever successfully countered those positions.

FILM: FEB 18, 4pm 

Shadows Fall North. Facilitated conversation to follow.

Community Church of Durham, 17 Main St., Durham.

How does a state with the motto “Live Free or Die” and a celebrated legacy of abolitionism confront and understand its participation in slavery, segregation, and the neglect of African-American history? This film seeks to answer the question: What happens when we move toward a fuller understanding of our history by including all voices? For more information about the film, visit blackhistorynh.com.

LECTURE: FEB 21, 6:30pm 

Dan Billin: Abolitionists of Noyes Academy. New Hampshire Humanities' program. Durham Public Library, 49 Madbury Rd., Durham.

In 1835, abolitionists opened one of the nation's first integrated schools in Canaan, NH, attracting eager African-American students from as far away as Boston, Providence, and New York City. Outraged community leaders responded by raising a mob that dragged the academy building off its foundation and ran the African-American students out of town. New Hampshire's first experiment in educational equality was brief, but it helped launch the public careers of a trio of extraordinary African-American leaders: Henry Highland Garnet, Alexander Crummell, and Thomas Sipkins Sidney. Dan Billin plumbs the depths of anti-abolitionist sentiment in early nineteenth-century New England, and the courage of three young friends destined for greatness.


 Dr. Jason Sokol: All Eyes Are Upon Us: Racial Struggles in the Northeast from Jackie Robinson to Deval Patrick

 New Hampshire Humanities' program. Madbury Town Hall. From Brooklyn to Boston, from World War II to the present, Jason Sokol traces the modern history of race and politics in the Northeast. Why did white fans come out to support Jackie Robinson as he broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947 even as Brooklyn’s blacks were shunted into segregated neighborhoods? How was African-American politician Ed Brooke of Massachusetts, who won a Senate seat in 1966, undone by the resistance to desegregation busing in Boston?

FILM: MAR 11, 4pm 

Ta-Nehisi Coates Lecture at West Point, April 12, 2017.

Facilitated conversation to follow. Community Church of Durham, 17 Main St., Durham.

According to the West Point Parent Review, "the Department of English and Philosophy hosted the second annual Zengerle Lecture in the Arts and Humanities, with speaker/author Ta-Nehisi Coates who addressed an audience of over 800 USMA cadets, staff and faculty members. 'I had to come here because I can’t think of a more important place to be for the things that I discuss, the things I’ve spent basically since my childhood perusing,” Coates recalled when he was accepting his invitation to speak at West Point. “It was my feeling that those who are charged with defending the country have to know the country'."

LECTURE: APR 11, 6:30pm

Donna and John Moody: Town by Town, Watershed by Watershed: Native Americans in New Hampshire. New Hampshire Humanities' program. 
Durham Public Library, 49 Madbury Rd., Durham.

Every town and watershed in New Hampshire has ancient and continuing Native American history. From the recent, late 20th century explosion of local Native population in New Hampshire back to the era of early settlement and the colonial wars, John and Donna Moody explore the history of New Hampshire's Abenaki and Penacook peoples with a focus on your local community.  

Watch & Listen

FILM: APRIL 12, 9:30am

 Lost Boundaries. This 1949 movie Classic stars Mel Ferrer and Beatrice Pearson. Ferrer plays a light-skinned African-American doctor whose family is "passing" in an all-white New England community. When the truth comes out, the more bigoted neighbors demand the expulsion of Ferrer and his family. Based on a true story.