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What’s Going On? Skillful Conversation With Greg Thomas
July 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The horrific killing in Minneapolis of Mr. George Floyd by Police Officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020 ignited a national conversation on race and police brutality which reached an unprecedented number of people and led to Americans of all races examining their role in structural bias and injustice.
But what can each of us do with the specter of seemingly intractable violence and oppression? Where do we go from here? How do we lean into this national moment?
Many of us are struggling with our own blind spots and strong emotions related to racism, from rage and sadness to defensiveness and fear.
We are searching for how to be skillful while learning and developing new tools for understanding and responding.
Please join Aligned Center Teacher Greg Thomas and Aligned Center Founder Matt Ludmer for this two-part series in which we will start to tease out the issues and understand potential ways that we as individuals can relate to the cultural and structural issues at hand. This series will be informed by the philosophies of Albert Murray and Integral Theory, as well as by the history of the African American experience and Jazz.
Thursday, July 8th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm ET – As Marvin Gaye asks, What’s Going On? – Literally, what the heck is going on? What are the issues and how do we start to understand them in all their complexity, while also bringing introspection and right action to the process?
Thursday, July 15th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm ET – As Sam Cooke sings, It’s Been a Long Time Coming – From an integral evolutionary perspective, this big national conversation has literally been a long time coming and reflects levels of development. What would an evolved vision of race and culture in America look like? Where are we headed, ideally, and how can we keep ourselves on track?
These two sessions will be the precursor to a longer series with Greg on Cultural Intelligence in the fall, which we hope you will join.
Greg Thomas, CEO of the Jazz Leadership Project, is a writer, intellectual, and entrepreneur. Among other models, he uses Integral metatheory and blues idiom philosophy to shed light on complex issues and to point a way forward and upward. As the co-founder of G&J Productions, Greg was instrumental in developing programs such as the National Jazz Museum in Harlem’s flagship interview series, Harlem Speaks. He has written about culture, race, and democratic life and values in publications ranging from the Village Voice, Integral+Life, New Republic, Salon, UPTOWN, The Root, the Guardian Observer, and the New York Daily News—as jazz columnist. Greg has lectured on American cultural history and jazz at Columbia, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Hamilton College and Harvard. See more about Greg at the site of the Jazz Leadership Project, as well as its blog, Tune In To Leadership.