Anti-Racism Symposium: 14 Oct. 2017

On 5 May of this year, the Vermont legislature adopted a concurrent resolution “designating October 16, 2017 as John Brown Day in Vermont.” We at WSJI are excited to celebrate this first-of-its-kind holiday by hosting an anti-racism symposium in Woodstock, Vermont.  Please join us on Saturday 14 October for a day aimed at empowering community members with the understanding and tools needed to take action against racism.

Schedule of the day:

8:30-9:00am:  Registration and breakfast

9:00-9:25am: Opening Remarks by Lou DeCaro, PhD.

9:30-10:30am:  Workshop Selection One

  • Lou DeCaro, PhD:  A biographically-based Reflection on John Brown
  • Margaret Barry, JD:  Race and Criminal Justice
  • Nathalie Batraville, PhD: POC only facilitated Caucus

10:40-11:40:  Workshop Selection Two

  • Michelle Arnosky Sherburne:  The Abolitionist Movement in Vermont before the Civil War
  • Erin Hanrahan, MA and Matthew McCormack, MA: Teaching Controversial Figures and Topics
  • Standing up For Racial Justice Upper Valley: TBD
  • Nathalie Batraville, PhD: POC only facilitated Caucus

11:45-12:45:  Lunch (pizza available for purchase); first geographic affinity group meeting

12:50-1:40pm:  Workshop Selection Three

  • Dan Billin: Abolitionism vs. Mobocracy in Vermont and New Hampshire
  • Rachel Seigel, Peace and Justice Center VT: Exploring White Fragility
  • Ashley Nadeau and Henry Zacchini with students: The importance of teaching anti-racism education
  • Nathalie Batraville, PhD: POC only facilitated Caucus

1:50-2:30pm:  Geographic affinity group work and share out; POC only facilitated debrief.

2:35-3:00pm: Performance by Rajnii Eddins and Closing Remarks.




$10-20 sliding-scale registration fee includes breakfast, Register Here.