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Exhibit Opening Day: RACE Are We So Different

Saturday, October 6, 2012
From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

October 6, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.: Saturday Community Conversation Series - Opening Celebration, Let's Talk About Race!

RACE: Are We So Different? will be open to the public for the first time at 10 a.m. with films, performances and workshops related to race and identity in Vermont. At 11, use stories to connect across backgrounds at the Reading End Racism Community workshop. At 12:30, local poet and hip hop artist Rajnii Eddins will perform at ECHO! At 2 p.m. a community conversation will focus on the whats, whys and hows of talking about race in our public and private lives. Afterwards at 4 p.m., watch, Who Sits Where and Why, a local student documentary. $2 admission all day. Call 877.324-6386 for more information.

10:00 Doors open
11:00 Workshop: Reading to End Racism with Dr. Denise Dunbar
12:30 Spoken word musical collaboration: Rajnii Eddins
2:00 Panel Discussion: Let's Talk About Race! moderated by Dr. Emily Bernard
4:00 Movie Short: Who Sits Where and Why?
5:00 Doors Close

11:00 Reading to End Racism Workshop with Dr. Denise Dunbar
Join Denise Dunbar and the Reading to End Racism program to learn how to use storybooks to support conversations about race. This workshop will demonstrate ways that children and families can use literature and personal stories to develop connect to people across diverse backgrounds and counter racism in our daily lives. Come read a story, meet new friends, and learn about books to help talk about race with children.

12:30 Spoken word musical collaboration with Rajnii Eddins.
Join Rajnii Eddins, Burlington poet, singer, hip hop artist and educator, in a performance to dispel false notions of race, bridge community and affirm our common humanity through spoken word hip hop and live music. In his work performing across the U.S. and inspiring musical collaboration with youth, Rajnii works to inspire honest dialogue and embrace our collective histories so that sincere sincere relationships and appreciation of all people's contributions are realized.

2:00 Panel Discussion: Let's Talk About Race! moderated by Dr. Emily Bernard
This event is the first of four in Saturday Community Conversations Series focused on race. Letís Talk About Race! will focus on talking about race in our homes, schools, workplaces and public spaces. Moderator Emily Bernard, Associate Professor of English at UVM and scholar of race and ethnicity in American culture, will introduce a panel of community members (including Hal Colston, Denise Dunbar, Brian Hsiang, Kathy Johnson, Matt Kolan and Mercedes Mack) and lead visitors in a conversation about whats, whys and hows of talking about race.

4:00 Film Screening and Discussion: "Who Sits Where and Why?"
Join film creators from Burlington High School to view and discuss "Who Sits Where and Why?" a student documentary that explores issues of race during lunch time in a high school cafeteria. Produced through "Shades of Ebony", an academic support program for underrepresented students, this educational enhancement video takes a look at unspoken divisions that occur in a high school cafeteria to answer the question: Who Sits Where and Why? The film is for children and adults who are interested in exploring how social situations, spaces and environments may or may not create inclusion. Film runs 11 minutes. We will be joined by Tele Wilson, Senior Burlington High School and Laura Clemmons, Director, Shades of Ebony

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