Join us for the Social Cohesion Dialogue!

Acclaimed authors Professor Dina Gilio-Whitaker ["As Long As Grass Grows"] and Reverend Robert W. Lee ["A Sin By Any Other Name"] will engage in conversation with ASU and Arizona communities about critical issues of race, place, memory, justice and America's histories.

Program Schedule:

Book Discussion Groups  |  October 25 - November 7

Participate in a two-hour book discussion group facilitated by ASU faculty and community leaders. Select the "Book Group" tab for more information and to register.

Public Dialogue  |  November 14

Join Center director Lois Brown, PhD and authors Gilio-Whitaker and Lee for a public dialogue addressing pressing issues and the intersecting themes presented in their books. Attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions in advance and during the Q&A.

Free  |  Open to the Public  |  Book signing immediately follows
The public dialogue will be live streamed at

Registration Information:

  • Complete a registration for each person attending. 
  • The same email and contact information can be used for multiple registrations. Those with duplicate registrations will be contacted.
  • The registration form can also be accessed through Eventbrite:
  • If you have any questions, please contact the CSRD at 602-496-1376 or by email at

Join a Social Cohesion Dialogue book discussion group!

Participate in a two hour discussion group facilitated by ASU faculty and community leaders. Explore Dina Gilio-Whitaker's "As Long As Grass Grows" and Robert W. Lee's "A Sin By Any Other Name" and engage in dialogue on critical issues of race, place, memory, justice and America’s histories with diverse participants.

Free  |  Open to the Public
Books will be provided to registered participants  |  Get your books signed at the public dialogue on November 14!

Book Discussion Group Schedule

Date Time Facilitators Location
Friday, Oct. 25 10 a.m. - noon Pauline Arrillaga

Venita Hawthorne James
ASU Downtown


Monday, Oct. 28 10 a.m. - noon Duku Anoyke, PhD

Liza Hita, PhD
ASU West


Tuesday, Oct. 29 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Chandra Crudup, PhD

Duane Roen, PhD
ASU Polytechnic


Thursday, Oct. 31 3 - 5 p.m. Sally Kitch, PhD

Ayanna Thompson, PhD
ASU Tempe


Friday, Nov. 1 6 - 8 p.m. Erica Maxwell

James Wermers, PhD
South Phoenix


Sunday, Nov. 3 1 - 3 p.m. Angela Gonzales, PhD

Duane Roen, PhD
Tempe Public Library


Monday, Nov. 4 6 - 8 p.m. Joe Larios

Mary Stephens, MA
Phoenix Youth Hostel
Cultural Center


Tuesday, Nov. 5 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Lois Brown, PhD

Calvin Schermerhorn, PhD
ASU Tempe


Tuesday, Nov. 5 2 - 4 p.m. Asao Inoue, PhD

Ersula Ore, PhD
ASU Tempe


Thursday, Nov. 7 2 - 4 p.m. Kelly Jackson, PhD

Pam Stewart, PhD
ASU Downtown


*Additional sessions may be added.

Dina Gilio-Whitaker photo

Dina Gilio-Whitaker

Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is a scholar, educator, journalist, activist and sought-after consultant on issues related to environmental justice, environmental activism and working with Indigenous communities. 

A lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos, Gilio-Whitaker is also policy advisor, associate scholar, and faculty at the Center for World Indigenous Studies. Her research interests focus on Indigenous nationalism, self-determination, environmental justice and education, and in recent years she has been involved with Indigenous peoples’ participation in the United Nations arena. 

Gilio-Whitaker also works within the field of critical sports studies, examining the intersections of indigeneity and the sport of surfing, and helped author AB 1782 in 2018, a bill to make surfing California’s state sport. Contributing language on Indigenous name places and the Indigenous history of surfing, the bill represents the first legislated Indigenous land acknowledgement in the state, and likely the country.  

As a freelance journalist, she was a contributor and columnist at Indian Country Today for six years, and has been published in the Los Angeles Times, High Country News,,, History News Network and many other online and print publications. Gilio-Whitaker has won numerous awards for her writing, including awards from the Native American Journalists Association.

In 2016 Gilio-Whitaker published her first book, “All the Real Indians Died Off and 20 Other Myths About Native American,” co-authored with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (Beacon Press). Her most recent book is “As Long as Grass Shall Grow: Settler Colonialism, Standing Rock, and the Fight for Environmental Justice in Indian Country (Beacon Press, 2019).  

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Gilio-Whitaker considers herself an urban Indian whose Colville mother came to LA during the termination years.

Robert Lee headshotRobert W. Lee

The Reverend Robert W. Lee IV is a pastor, commentator, activist, and author. 

Lee, a descendent of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, has been engaged in the work of racial reconciliation on the national and international stage. He has preached and lectured in such pulpits as the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, Harvard University’s Memorial Church and the American Cathedral in Paris. 

Lee is the author of two books, “A Sin by Any Other Name: Reckoning with Racism and the Heritage of the South” (Penguin Random House, 2019) and “Stained-Glass Millennials” (Smyth and Helwys, 2017). He has written extensively for both secular and religious news outlets, and he or his work have appeared on the MTV Video Music Awards, ABC’s The View, NPR’s Weekend Edition and All Things Considered, The State of Things, Huffington Post, CNN, and in the Washington Post. 

Lee received his Bachelor of Arts in religious studies from Appalachian State University and his Master of Theological Studies from Duke University. He is currently pursuing doctoral work in preaching and is pastor at Unifour Christian Fellowship Church in the Catawba Valley region of western North Carolina, where he lives in Statesville with his wife, Stephanie, and poodle, Frank.

Public Dialogue

Location: ASU Tempe - Old Main

ASU Tempe 
Old Main - Carson Ballroom
400 E. Tyler Mall  |  Tempe, AZ 85281


Old Main is located on the north central area of ASU's Tempe campus.  For driving directions, click on the map button below and then select "Directions," or contact our office.


There closest parking to Old Main is the Fulton Center parking garage located at University Dr. and College Ave., with entrances on both streets. Review the parking map,, for all ASU's parking options. Parking in most lots and garages is $3/hour.

Public Transportation:

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Volunteer for the Social Cohesion Dialogue!

Your service as a volunteer will help make this program a great success and have a positive impact on our community. Be an Architect of Change and sign up to volunteer with the CSRD!

Volunteer Information:

  • Scroll down to see all of the available shifts (there are many!)
  • Each volunteer shift is a minimum of 1 hour
  • Volunteers may sign up for multiple shifts
  • CSRD will sign off on community service/volunteer paperwork or write letters on your behalf
  • If these shifts do not fit with your schedule, please contact the CSRD at 602-496-1376 to arrange a custom volunteer schedule

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Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

ASU Tempe
Old Main, Carson Ballroom
400 E. Tyler Mall  |  Tempe, AZ 85281