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Saturday Community Conversation Series

Saturday, November 10, 2012
From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

As part of the RACE: Are We So Different? Community Conversations Series, on November 10 ECHO will open it doors for $2 for a day of discussions and workshops about race in Vermont. Programs include conversations about transracial adoption, raising children of color in Vermont and how demographic changes have impacted our community. $2 admission all day. Call 877.324.6386 for more information.

SCHEDULE FOR November 10
10:00 Doors open
10:30 Workshop: Talking about race with your family
11:30 Panel Discussion: Inside/Outside: Transracial adoption in Vermont
12:30 Panel Discussion: Homegrown Variety: Raising children of color in Vermont
2:00 Community Conversation: Burlington’s Changing Community
3:30 Movie Short and Discussion: Living on the Fault Line
5:00 Doors Close

10:30 a.m.
Talking about race with your family
Join Dr. 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 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.

11:30 a.m.
Inside/Outside: Transracial adoption in Vermont
Please join our panel of multi-generation transracial adoptees (Julian Segar-Reid, Simone Labbance, Natasha Eckart, and Mary Brodsky) to discuss growing up as insiders/outsiders in Vermont. The experiences of “home” and “race” can be quite different for those who were adopted, of a different racial background than their parents, and then raised in predominantly white Vermont. We will explore themes such as identity, racism, and parental and sibling relationships and hope to open further dialogue with those whose lives are touched by transracial adoption.

12:30 p.m.
Homegrown variety: Raising children of color in Vermont
These days, families come in many sizes, shapes, and forms. More and more, our families are transforming into beautiful enclaves of diversity. Please join this diverse panel of parents (Laura Clemmons, Arline Duffy, Brian Hsiang, Ron Redman, and Alison Segar) to talk about the particular rewards and challenges related to raising children of color in Vermont. Possible topics might include how parent and children’s identities evolve over time, talking with children about race and racism, and managing multiracial family dynamics.

2:00 p.m.
Community Conversation: Burlington’s Changing Community
This event is the second of four in Saturday Community Conversations Series focused on race. Burlington’s Changing Community will focus on how changes in Burlington's demographics have impacted neighborhoods infrastructure, services, economics and relationships. Moderator Teresa Mares, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UVM, will introduce a panel of community members (Pablo Bose, Adele Dienno, David Hartnett, Gaandi Haji, Wanda Hines, Mediha Jusufagic, Jeetan Khadaka, and Lea Terhun) and engage visitors in a conversation about the experiences and implications of changing demographics in our community.

3:30 p.m.
Film: Living on the Fault Line: Where Race and Family Meet
There will be a screening of part of “Living on the Fault Line,” a film which “explores the intersection of familial love and racial injustice in the experiences of transracial families in Vermont. The film will be followed with a discussion with some of the panelists from the two programs earlier in the day.

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