• Dinner Dialogues

    Dinner Dialogues are currently postponed and will resume in 2019

    Thursdays at The Common Good

    One of the best ways to educate yourself is to engage in dialogue with others with a desire to learn. This is the basis of our Dinner Dialogues. Join us for a free meal and a speaker-lead dialogue from a wide variety of subjects! Dinner is served starting at 6:00pm, and dialogue occurs until 7:30pm.

  • Schedule

    Upcoming Speakers and Topics!

    Dos and Don'ts of Non-Violent Protest

    Date: September 7th, 2017

    Speaker: Neiko Alvarado


    Neiko Alvarado will lead a brief presentation about what to do when enacting your rights to free speech and peaceful demonstration. "If you’ve ever thought about attending a march, rally or protest, it is important you are prepared and are knowledgeable of your rights. While I am not a constitutional lawyer or a representative from the ACLU, I am a community organizer who has attended dozens of demonstrations, and even helped plan a few of them. In addition to discussing your rights as a citizen, we will also have a roundtable discussion on what it means to protest and what role that serves in our society today."

    The Metaphysical Properties of Stones and Alternative Healing Methods

    September 14th, 2017

    Speaker: Lia Ricci, owner of Asherah's Garden


    Lia Ricci, owner and operator of local holistic boutique, Asherah's Garden, will be leading a discussion on the metaphysical properties of stones and alternative healing methods. Lia is a trained practitioner of many alternative healing methods. If you've ever wondered about reiki, acu-detox, aromatherapy, stones etc., now is a great time to Educate Yourself! If you have any stones at home, bring them to this dialogue and Lia can help to identify them and explain their properties.

    At The Schoolhouse Gate

    September 21st, 2017

    Speaker: Nancy Patterson


    Nancy Patterson has a PhD in Education and is currently an Associate Professor at BGSU. Nancy will lead a conversation about high school students' 1st amendment rights and responsibilities.

    The History and Politics of Hip Hop

    September 25th, 2017

    Clayton Pea aka Zulu


    Clayton Pea will discuss the history of Hip Hop - the political environment in which it was formed, evolved, and how it was received. We will explore the connections, context and co-evolutions of Hip Hop and the politics of the oppressed.


    October 5th, 2017

    Roundtable Discussion with Caroline Dawson, Megan Sutherland, and Bill Thompson


    We will discuss what reciprocity means in definition and practice, as well as what it means to each of us.

    The Parables of Jesus - An Introduction

    October 12th, 2017

    Reina Calderon


    Reina Calderon will be discussing the concept of Parables - a story which contains allegorical spiritual truths or lessons. Reina currently leads the Parables of Jesus class at The Common Good which explores these types of stories. In this dialogue, she will discuss some of the main concepts of the class and explore the fluid and deeply personally transformative power within the parables of Jesus.

    Reproductive Justice

    October 19th, 2017

    Taylor Harrison


    Native American Spirituality

    October 26th, 2017

    Barbara Muter


    Barbara Muter will be leading a discussion on the values of Native American spirituality and the similarities among different tribes.

    Adventures in Africa

    November 2nd, 2017

    Gordon Ricketts


    Gordon Ricketts, a BGSU professor, artist, and traveler, will be discussing his adventures and lessons from traveling in Africa.

    Open Discussion

    November 9th, 2017


    We will be holding an open discussion of which the topic will be decided at the time of the dinner dialogue by attendees.