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Every day is an adventure at ECHO! ECHO Encounters, our brand of daily hands-on activities, changes regularly with new exhibit installations, new, dynamic volunteers willing to share their expertise, and outside partners adding their talents and knowledge to program events.

Saturday Community Conversation Series

Saturday, December 1, 2012
From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

As part of the RACE: Are We So Different? Community Conversations Series, on December 1st  ECHO will open it doors for $2 for a day of discussions and workshops about race will include conversations around the scientific understandings and social experience surrounding the idea of Is Race Real?  $2 admission all day. Call 877.324-6386 for more information.

SCHEDULE for December 1
10:00 Doors open
11:00 Workshop: Talking about race with your family with Denise Dunbar
12:30 Performance: Africa Jamono-West African Drumming & Dance
2:00  Community Conversation: Is Race Real?
3:30 Spoken Word Musical Collaboration with Rajnii Eddins
5:00 Doors Close

11:00 a.m. Workshop: 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.

12:30 p.m. Africa Jamono, West African Drumming & Dance
Experience the culture of West Africa through the drumming rhythms and sounds of Senegal, Mali, Ghana & Mauritania. Africa Jamono works to raise awareness of West African culture through music, dance, and cultural art display.

2:00 p.m. Community Conversation: Is Race Real?
In the past science supported theories of race based on external, physical traits.  Modern genetics has reversed that idea, demonstrating that the idea of race is not useful and, as far as science is concerned, doesn’t actually exist. Personal, social and cultural experiences show us that race is, in fact a reality that we deal with every day.  What is the impact of scientific theory stating that races doesn’t actually exist for personal identity... social norms...cultural institutions? Does it matter if science says race real or not? Either way, what are the implications? JW Wiley, Tomas Sanchez, Sherwood Smith, John Burke will explore the ideas underlying the question, ‘Is race real?’

3:30 p.m. Spoken Word Musical Collaboration with Rajnii Eddins
Join Rajnii Eddins, Burlington poet, singer, hip hop artist and educator, in a performance inspired by the Race exhibit 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.

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