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Saturday Community Conversation Series

Saturday, January 12, 2013
From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

As part of the RACE: Are We So Different? Community Conversation Series, ECHO will open it's doors for $2 for a day of discussions and workshops about race. The day's theme will include conversations, film and music around race & identity. $2 admission all day. Call 877.324-6386 for more information. for more information.

SCHEDULE for January 12
10:00 Doors open
11:00 Reading to end Racism: Denise Dunbar
12:30 Performance: A2VT African hip hop trio plus dancers
2:00 Community Conversation: Asian American Identity Issues: Invisible in Today’s Race Conversation
3:30 Prescreening of two Indigenous Expressions Films plus Panel Discussion: Native American Identity & Culture
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. Join us for a special performance by two dancers that will accompany the music by the African hip hop trio A2VT which means “Africa to Vermont”. A growing number of African refugees have settled in Chittenden County over the past decade, as this hip hop trio's name reflects. Some songs on their new CD, "Africa, Vermont," that they’ll share with us, describe their challenging move to the United States. In their homelands, their families and neighbors had to struggle with famine, war, and poverty.

2:00 p.m. Community Conversation: Asian American Identity Issues: Invisible in Today’s Race
This event is the fourth and final event in the Saturday Community Conversations Series focused on race. Asian American Identity and Issues will focus on the landscape for Asian Americans, the fastest growing racial group in the country, and engage visitors in a conversation about the complex dynamics of race relationships and dynamics that impact and are shaped by Asian Americans in the United States. Further, many would be surprised that a recent national study revealed that Asian Americans are the most bullied racial group—by a significant margin—in education today. Dr. Dan Balón, Director of Diversity Education and Engagement with the Burlington School District and founding partner with CQ Strategies (with CQ Strategies colleague Tracey Tsugawa and other presenters) will co-lead the session and introduce concepts such as the “model minority myth,” “perpetual foreigner syndrome,” and “bamboo ceiling.” Come share and learn together.

3:30 p.m. Prescreening of two Indigenous Expressions Films plus Panel Discussion: Native American Identity & Culture. We’ll be showing two original films produced by Film-maker Matt Day and Ethnographer Ned Castle about Native American culture in ECHO's new Revision Lakeside Pavilion and then Ned will facilitate a Native American panel discussion about identity and culture. The panel will consist of Mel Walker Brook, Residential Life Operations Manager, Champlain College; Matt Day, Film-maker; Ned Castle, Ethnographer along with some of the documentary film participants.

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