Community Conversations

Creating opportunities to share, learn, teach, and engage practically with the community


Creating Opportunities to Share, Learn, Teach, and Engage Practically With One Another

A pillar of the DTC mission is to engage and empower the community by providing platforms that give the community a voice. Community Conversations bring community leaders, community members, and subject matter experts together on various social, political, religious, and ethical areas of interest into conversation. Through innovative platforms-a mixture of performances and dialogue, Community Conversations provide an opportunity to engage in healthy discourse on issues that are divisive, promote discussion-based learning, encourage solution-based thinking and, at times, provide a platform for healing. Community Conversations can take the form of empowerment sessions, panel discussions, film screenings, workshops, book discussions, art performances and more.

Table Conversations

Reinvigorating Our Communities Through Dialogue

A New View Film Series

Journeying Outside Everyday Life Through Film & Discussion

Books and Breakfast

Reading, Dialogue and Community Growth with Books and Breakfast

Empowerment Workshops

Relevant and Timely platforms to Raise Awarness and Respond

 Table Conversations

Table Conversations are a way to talk with members of our Indianapolis community, consisting of diverse backgrounds, faith traditions, and social orientations, in a small round table environment about issues that affect our community. Citizens have valuable knowledge and perspectives critical to developing and sustaining a healthy, vibrant community. Table Conversations will provide a platform for concerned citizens of different traditions and faith backgrounds to come together and talk about the issues affecting our community. By creating a space for structured conversations led by facilitators, participants can share their opinions and experiences in a focused and meaningful manner. These conversations also provide insight into how we can best serve in a manner that is truly reflective of the needs, desires, and priorities of the people we engage. The events are free and open to the public.


A New Film Series

Each of us has a unique view through which we see the world. Shaped by our experiences, culture, and familial identity, this view forms our beliefs, values, and way of life. A New View Film Series journeys outside everyday life to explore new world-views through the screening of six films. Each screening will be followed by a discussion of the film lead by Louise Henderson, former Festival Director and Head Documentary Programmer for Heartland Film Festival, now an independent film producer and film festival consultant. The series will take place every other month from August 2016 through April 2017, is free and open to the public.

Books and Breakfast

Inspired by Hands Up United, Books and Breakfast is a free Saturday morning book club devoted to reading, dialogue, and community growth around important topics. Each month a new book and theme is introduced. The goal of the program is to cultivate a space for community members to discuss issues around race, activism, justice, racism, etc., using captivating literature as the catalyst. By exposing the community to inspiring and invigorating books, the Books and Breakfast program hopes to ignite change in our local community. It is only with understanding, acceptance, and motivation from within that change in our community can begin to occur.

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Game Changers Forum

The Game Changers Forum brings together a stellar group of scholars, civic leaders and celebrities to explore the economic, social and medical impact of violence against women and girls as it related to gender-based abuse, bullying, domestic violence and human trafficking on communities, families and children. The forum provides a unique opportunity to raise awareness of a common problem and to dialogue together as we contribute to solutions. The year’s Forum will feature Nelson Mandela’s daughter Josina Machel (Mandela), Gail Masando and local community leaders.

International Day of the Girl

In recognition of International Day of the Girl, CARE National and The Desmond Tutu Center are partnering to host an event to highlight the importance of global engagement, especially as it relates to empowering women and girls around the world. Join us as we engage local and national organizations who are committed to improving the lives of women and girls through advocacy, volunteerism, and global health services with Rep. Susan Brooks, Timmy Global Health, SOHO and CARE National representatives.


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