This week’s calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)
Film, discussion on 1964 riots
Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will show the film “July ‘64” on Thursday, June 14. The film looks at the underlying causes of the riots and urban insurrection in African American communities that summer. Darryl Porter, assistant to Mayor Tom Richards; Ann Johnson with ACT Rochester; and Gloria Lawton with GEMs in the City will be guest speakers. The event is at the Central Library, 115 South Avenue, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Talk with Sudanese activist
Water for South Sudan will present a talk with Salva Dut and Linda Sue Park at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 15. Salva Dut helped create a network of water wells in Sudan. Linda Sue Park is the author of “A Long Walk to Water,” the story of Salva Dut’s journey. The talk is at Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 North Fitzhugh Street.
Course on world religions and practices
Nazareth College’s Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue will host a weeklong non-credit course from Monday, June 18, through Friday, June 22, called “Train the Trainers 2012.” The course trains social workers, teachers, and business and religious leaders how to engage with people of different faiths and practices. The major religions of the world will be explored through discussions with experts and visits to local places of worship. Cost: $149 per person, and includes light suppers. Registration: 389-2963.
Discussion about race
Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will present a discussion “Conversations on Race: Process and Discovery” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19. The event builds on the YWCA’s National Stand Against Racism program to raise awareness about the impact of race on daily lives. It will be held at the Maplewood Community Library, 1111 Dewey Avenue.