Don’t miss your chance to sign up for ARESD’s December programs, which continue to explore UUCC’s theme this year of “Building the Community We Want to Be: Barriers, Boundaries and Belonging.”

How Charlotte Got Segregated — Thursday, Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Tom Hanchett, retired staff historian for Levine Museum of the New South and author of Sorting Out the New South City, will discuss how Charlotte became a big city, delving deeply into the surprising story of how our city became segregated, both by race and class. Dr. Hanchett recently released the new edition of his book, first published in 1998. To reserve your spot and receive a Zoom invitation, please send an email to aresd@uuccharlotte.org by Wednesday, Dec. 2

Selections from How Long Til Black Future Month — Sunday, Dec. 6, 2 p.m.

As part of the ongoing series Exploring Barriers and Boundaries through Books, ARESD team member Alex Creech will facilitate a discussion of three selections from this book by N. K. Jemisin: “The Ones Who Stay and Fight,” “Cuisine des Mémoires,” and “Non-Zero Probabilities.” Please note that “The Ones Who Stay and Fight” is a direct response to the 1973 short story, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” by Ursula K. Le Guin and can be found online. While you don’t have to have read it in order to understand “The Ones Who Stay and Fight,” it does help provide a wider context.

According to Hachette Book Group: “Three-time Hugo Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Jemisin challenges and delights readers with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption that sharply examine modern society in her first collection of short fiction, which includes never-before-seen stories.” Several copies of the book are available through the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library, either in electronic form or hard copy.

To reserve your spot and receive a Zoom invitation, please send an email to aresd@uuccharlotte.org by Friday, Dec. 5

The Danger of a Single Story — Thursday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m.

Come join ARESD team members Alex Creech and Joe Hoff for discussion as we watch Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the famous Nigerian author of Americanah, Half of a Yellow Sun and Biafra, give her now-famous TED Talk entitled “The Danger of a Single Story.” The TED Talk discusses how our lives, and our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice —and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. To reserve your spot and receive a Zoom invitation, please send an email to aresd@uuccharlotte.org by Wednesday, Dec. 16.