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August 21, 2012

Contact: Molly Loomis
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802.864.1848 ext. 110

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ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
Special Programming about Interracial Families
Saturday, November 10 with $2 admission ALL DAY
For new traveling exhibit: RACE: Are We So Different?

BURLINGTON, VT-- ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, is announcing their programming for November 10 Community Conversations Day where admittance will be $2 ALL DAY!

This is the second of four planned Community Conversation Saturdays created to complement the new traveling exhibit, RACE: Are We So Different? which will be at ECHO through January 27. Each Community Conversation Saturday focuses on a different theme and features a variety of speakers and performers. Admission to ECHO will be just $2 per person on the following dates: November 10, December 1, and January 12.

The programming for Saturday, November 10 will be wide-ranging with a special focus on the topic of interracial families:

SCHEDULE FOR November 10
10 a.m.  Doors open
10:30 a.m.  Workshop: Talking about race with your family with Denise Dunbar.
11:30 a.m.  Panel Discussion: Inside/Outside: Transracial adoption in Vermont with Julian Segar-Reid, Simone Labbance, Natasha Eckart and Mary Brodsky.
12:30 a.m.  Panel Discussion: Homegrown Variety: Raising children of color in VT with Laura Clemmons, Arline Duffy, Brian Hsiang, Ron Redman and Alison Segar.
2 p.m.  Community Conversation: Burlington’s Changing Community with moderator Teresa Mares, Assistant professor of Anthropology at UVM and panelists Pablo Bose, Adele Dienno, Wanda Hines, Mediha Jusufagic, Jeetan Khadaka, Lea Turhun and others.
3:30 p.m. Movie Short and Discussion: Living on the Fault Line, a film that explores the intersection of familial love and racial injustice in the experiences of transracial families in Vermont.
5 p.m.  Doors Close

RACE is the first nationally traveling exhibition to tell the stories of race from the biological, cultural and historical points of view as it relates to race in the United States.

This exhibit has be extraordinary”, says ECHO Director of Education Molly Loomis. “The attendance has been robust and very diverse. Certainly it is living up to its reputation as being eye-opening”.

Admission to RACE is included in regular ECHO admission. Information can be found at echovermont.org.

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RACE EXHIBIT AT ECHO LAKE AQUARIUM AND SCIENCE CENTER

Three perspectives on a wide-reaching topic
The RACE exhibit addresses the topics of race and racism from three different perspectives.  The three sections are interwoven and tell a compelling story of science with deep and lasting social impact.

Science: In this section of the exhibit, visitors will discover that human beings are more alike than any other living species, and no one gene or set of genes can support the idea of race.

History: Ideas about race have been around for hundreds of years, and they have changed over time.  This section of the RACE exhibit demonstrates that, throughout American history, economic interests, popular culture, science, politics, and the struggle for power have played a role in shaping our understanding of race.

Everyday experience: Though race may not be a real biological concept, it certainly influences our day-to-day experiences. In this section of the exhibit, visitors will explore the personal experiences of race in our schools, neighborhoods, health care systems, sports and entertainment industries, and more.

“Race is an important part of the American story,” notes Loomis.  “This exhibit gives visitors the opportunity to look at the way race touches our lives and the lives of the generations that came before us. They can explore the way they see themselves and others and see that all of our lives are affected by race and racism, both in overt and subtle ways.”

Unprecedented community-wide involvement
The presentation of the RACE exhibit offered the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center the opportunity to draw on the expertise and diverse perspectives of the City of Burlington’s We All Belong Initiative. This initiative consists of fourteen organizations working with the Burlington Community and Economic Development Office to foster organizational change toward cultural competency across the community.

ECHO assembled a fourteen-member group of advisors to help influence the local exhibit experience.  The advisors met monthly before the exhibit arrived to consult with exhibit and programming staff, help shape the program and events surrounding the exhibit, and extend the impact of the exhibit in the greater Burlington and Vermont community. Resulting programs are supported through partnerships with the Burlington School District, Reading to End Racism, The Fletcher Free Library, University of Vermont, and Champlain College.

Additionally, ECHO staff completed a series of workshops over the course of a year under the guidance and facilitation of CQ Strategies, in order to prepare for the exhibit and to become more culturally competent and comfortable in conversing around issues of race.

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RACE EXHIBIT AT ECHO LAKE AQUARIUM AND SCIENCE CENTER

Visitor Information
RACE will be open daily at ECHO through January 27

Admission to RACE is included in regular ECHO admission. Information can be found at echovermont.org.

RACE: Are We So Different? is a project of the American Anthropological Association sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation. RACE is locally sponsored by CQ Strategies, Key Bank and National Life Group Foundation.

For more information call (toll-free) 1.877.324.6386 or visit www.echovermont.org.

 

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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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