Join us for Social Cohesion Dialogue 2021

Erica Armstrong Dunbar, author of Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit Of Their Runaway Slave Ona Judge and Noé Alvarez, author of the memoir Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon Through North America’s Stolen Land will engage in conversation with communities at and beyond ASU about critical issues of race, freedom, power, memory, flight and self-determination.


Program Schedule: 




 Virtual Book Discussion Groups | January – February

Participate in a 75-minute online book discussion group facilitated by ASU faculty and community partners. Select the “Book Group” tab for more information and to register.





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Virtual Public Dialogue | Thursday, February 18

Join Center Director Lois Brown, PhD and authors Dunbar and Alvarez for an interactive online and public dialogue about the compelling issues and intersecting themes that emerge in Never Caught and Spirit Run.  Attendees can pose questions of the authors in advance when they register and during the livestreamed dialogue.

Free | Online | Open to the Public


Virtual Zoom
Thursday, Febuary 18
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. MST

Free | Online | Open to the Public


Registration Information: 

  • Complete a registration for each attendee
  • The same email and contact information can be used for multiple registrations. Those who provide duplicate registrations will be contacted.
  • 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 75-minute online book discussion group facilitated by ASU faculty and community partners. Think aloud with a diverse group of readers about Erica Armstrong Dunbar’s Never Caught and Noé Alvarez’sSpirit Run and be part of an inspiring dialogue on critical issues of race, freedom, power, memory, flight and self-determination with diverse participants.


Free | Online | Open to the Public

Books will be provided to all registered participants.  Hard copies or electronic copies of Never Caught and Spirit Run are available and will be provided free of charge to all registered participants. All time slots are in Mountain standard time.

Book Discussion Group Schedule

DateTime (MST)FacilitatorsLocation
Tuesday, January 19, 202110am – 11:30am

Duane Roen

Lois Brown

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Wednesday, January 20, 202110am – 11:30am

Lois Brown

Jeffrey Cohen

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Wednesday, January 20, 20216pm – 7:30pm

James Wermers

Shillana Sanchez

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Wednesday, January 27, 202110am – 11:30am 

Louis Mendoza

Rosalie Talahongva

Virtual Zoom

(Spirit Run Only)


Thursday, January 28, 202110am – 11:30am

Mary Stephens

Carolina Aranibar-Fernandez

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Sunday, January 31, 20212pm – 3:30pm

Kermit Brown  

David Antonio Moody

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Tuesday, February 2, 202110am – 11:30am

Liza Hita

Chandra Crudup

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Thursday, February 4, 202110am – 11:30am

Calvin Schermerhorn

Sujey Vega

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Sunday, February 7, 20212pm – 3:30pm

Michelle Hale

JT Roane
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Wednesday, February 10, 202110am – 11:30am 

Elder Richard Yarbough

Lois Brown
Virtual Zoom

(Never Caught Only)

Wednesday, February 10, 20216pm – 7:30pm

Venita Hawthorne James

Cache Castelow

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Thursday, February 11, 20216pm – 7:30pm

Duane Roen

Louis Mendoza

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*Additional sessions may be added.

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photo © Mia Concordia


 Noé Alvarez

Noé Alvarez was born to Mexican immigrant parents and raised working-class in Yakima, Washington. He holds degrees in philosophy and creative writing from Whitman College and Emerson College, respectively.

He studied conflict analysis, peacemaking, and conflict resolution at American University and in Northern Ireland, received a fellowship at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, and researched U.S. drug policy, military aid, and human rights issues in Colombia’s Putumayo jungles.

He lives in Boston, where, until recently, he worked as a security officer at one of the nation’s oldest libraries, the Boston Athenæum.



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photo © Whitney Thomas


Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Erica Armstrong Dunbar is the Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University. Her first book, A Fragile Freedom: African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City, was published by Yale University Press in 2008.

Her second book, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge was a 2017 finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction and a winner of the 2018 Frederick Douglass Book Award. She is also the author of She Came to Slay, an illustrated tribute to Harriet Tubman.



Volunteer for the Social Cohesion Dialogue!

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Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

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