This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)
Butler book talk
The Moving Beyond Racism Book Group will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 3, to talk about "Parable of Sower" by Octavia Butler. The novel is set in a future vision of Los Angeles in a violent and broken society divided into three groups: the super wealthy, middle class who have walled themselves into armed neighborhoods, and a wilderness of poverty. The group will meet at Barnes and Noble, Pittsford Plaza. Reading the book before coming to the meeting is not required.
Public engagement through art
The Rochester Regional Community Design Center will present "Transforming Spaces" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5. Justin Langlois, fellow at Broken City Lab in Windsor, Ontario, and Ian Wilson, co-founder of Wall/Therapy, are the speakers. The two artists will talk about the role of art in sparking inspiration and engaging the public. The event is at the Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue. Tickets: $15, free to students with valid identification. Information: 271-0520.
Nazareth College's Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue in cooperation with the Center for Interfaith Affairs at Peace Islands Institute will present "Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: A Symposium on the Role of the Sacred Texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in Uniting and Dividing Humanity." The symposium will be held from Sunday, June 23, to Tuesday, June 25, at the college, 4245 East Avenue. For complete information on the panelists, topics, presentations, housing, food, registration, and costs: www.naz.edu or call 389-2525.
White privilege discussion
A Quieter Place will host "A Talking Circle: White Privilege for White Women" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5. It's a discussion about race, white privilege, and women that parallels Tim Wise's book "Letters to White America." The event is at 472 Harrogate Drive. Reservations requested by Saturday, June 1: 381-2093.