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ECHO VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT- KATE MEYER

POSTED OCTOBER 3 AT 10:59 AM

ECHO's Mission is to Educate and Delight our…

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October 5, 2012

Contact: Molly Loomis
mloomis@echovermont.org
802.864.1848 ext. 117

ECHO EXHIBIT OPENING: $2 Admission ALL DAY
Highlight event at 2 p.m. Panel Discussion – Let’s Talk About Race!
Brings regional experts to the table, moderated by Dr. Emily Bernard, UVM Professor
Saturday, October 6, 2012

WHO: ECHO will host the first of four community conversations around race, the first is moderated Dr. Emily Bernard, Associate Professor of English at UVM and scholar of race and ethnicity in American culture. She will introduce a panel of community members and lead visitors in a conversation about whats, whys, and hows of talking about race.

WHAT: Let's Talk About Race! Is a panel discussion to create a safe space for conversations about race through shared experiences, questions, and articulating visions for the community. The dialogue generated will model the kind of conversations that are possible for  the greater Burlington community to have in the future in the homes, communities and work places of the audience members.

WHERE: Lakeside Hall ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, 1 College Street, Burlington, VT

Guests/Panelists:

  • Dr. Emily Bernard: Associate Professor of English at the University of Vermont and scholar of race and ethnicity in American culture.
  • Hal Colston: Founder of Good News Garage, appointed by Governor Peter Shumlin to serve as Executive Director of SerVermont, and is a life-long social justice advocate.
  • Dr. Denise Dunbar: Education Coordinator for Chittenden County’s Reading to End Racism program; an interactive literacy program that engages uses stories to support conversations about race.
  • Brian Hsiang: Consultant and facilitator working to improve cross-cultural communication, educating people on the benefits of a diverse population, and promoting social justice.
  • Kathy Johnson: Provides anti-bias, equity, diversity, and cultural competency trainings and consultations through her work with CQ Strategies and Vermont Equity, Training & Consulting.
  • Dr. Matt Kolan: Lecturer at the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont, teaching courses on diversity, power and privilege.
  • Mercedes Mack: A yoga instructor, creator of The People’s Yoga Project, creating  workshops for women and women of color on college campuses.

Here is the event schedule for the entire day of October 6:

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?, created by S. Burlington High School
5:00 Doors Close

The October 6 event is the first of four community conversations scheduled over the course of this exhibit run. Other dates are November 10, December 2, and January 12 with $2 admission on these dates as well.

 

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ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is located at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on Vermont’s Burlington Waterfront. ECHO features 70 live species, more than 100 interactive experiences, changing and permanent exhibits and seasonal events — all exploring the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. The 2.2 acre Leahy Center environmental campus is also highlighted by the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room, UVM’s Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Lake Champlain Navy Memorial, ECHO’s Eclectic Gift Shop, and ecology-themed Café managed by Sugarsnap. Open year-round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day. For more information visit echovermont.org, call (toll-free) 1.877.324.6386, or write to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, One College Street, Burlington, VT 05401. 

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