While we are not able to record video of all of our Continuing Conversations sessions (and some of the more interactive programs would probably not lend themselves to later-date viewing), we DO try to video some of our programs in order to increase the likelihood of community members being able to learn from our work even in those instances in which their schedule made in-person attendance impossible.
In February, 2021, Reverend Lukata Mjumbe returned with a faithful examination and confrontation of critical dimensions of the disappeared, distorted and dishonest representations of some of the histories and realities of Black Princeton and Black lives. His presentation focused on the early histories of Black students at Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary; the lingering legacies of liberation and lynching in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood, and how the history of struggle can inform and impact our modern movements for repair, reconciliation and the realization of right relationships locally and beyond.
In July, 2020, NIOT Princeton Board Member Caroline Clarke led 100+ online Continuing Conversations attendees in a soul-searching examination and explication of the history of revolt and resistance in the US, discussing the role of race and the ways we perceive acts of defiance against authority and the government.
In June, 2020, the Continuing Conversations planning team was pleased to be able to once again invite students from Princeton High School’s elective course on Racial Literacy & Justice a chance to share some of what they’d learned over the course of the semester.
In May, 2020, Not In Our Town’s Continuing Conversation moved to an all-digital format; Reverend Lukata Mjumbe’s talk on “Sheltering in the Place of Privilege,” centered on reflections on Princeton’s historical response to the Spanish Flu and related challenges associated with the COVID19 pandemic, and is available here:
In February, 2017, Not In Our Town’s monthly Continuing Conversation session featured a presentation by Howard Stevenson, author of “Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences That Make a Difference.”
In March, 2017, on the heels of the so-termed “Muslim ban”, NIOT’s Continuing Conversation session was focused on the experiences and perspectives of Muslim American members of our community. That session’s recording was broken into seven separate sections:
Part 1 (Shelley Krause introduction)
Part 2 (Imam Sohaib Sultan, Princeton University Muslim Life Program)
Part 3 (Imam Mustafa Furqan from Trenton’s Taqwa Community Learning Center)
Part 4 (Mrs. Afsheen Shamsi, community member)
Part 5 (Dr. Shazia Nishtar, community member)
Part 6 (Ali Javadi-Abhari, Princeton University graduate student)
Part 7 (audience Q&A and Ziad Ahmed, NIOT Board Member and youth activist)
Our five-session course on Racial Literacy in 2016 grew from a seed planted by Princeton University Professor Ruha Benjamin, who served as our guide through those sessions. Please see our Racial Literacy page for content associated with that series.