EVENTS 

Post Event Action Steps: Anti-Racism, Belonging and Community

On August 20, 2020, 868 people registered to participate in a virtual convening about Anti-Racism, Belonging and Community coordinated by Imagine Fox Cities. What actions can you take next?

Check out our Conversations on Race: Community Conversation Host Guides. The goals of these conversations are to listen and share personal stories without judgement in order to create a foundation upon which to take action together to eliminate racism.

Host a conversation on race using the conversation guides. Do you want to help with leading a conversation? Request a facilitator here.

Participate in and invite people you know to join you in upcoming Community Conversations about race hosted by the Appleton Public Library and United Way Fox Cities Emerging Leaders.

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Watch the recording of our convening on Anti-Racism, Belonging and Community. See more about each speaker below.

Included in the Event Recording

Welcome
The Changing Face of Race with Jesús G. Smith
Deep Listening Session with Leila and Brian Pertl
Becoming an Antiracist – Keynote and Q&A with Tim Wise
Loving Kindness Meditation with Constance Kassor
Community Leadership Panel
Call to Action/Closing
Not included in recording: Spoken Word with Anthony Miller

More About the Event Speakers

“Becoming an Antiracist” with Tim Wise

Nationally recognized antiracist, essayist, and author Tim Wise will deliver the keynote address “Becoming an Antiracist” and include a live Question & Answer session. Wise has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences across the United States and is one of the most prominent anti racist writers and educators in the nation. 

“The Changing Face of Race” with Jesús G. Smith

Lawrence University professor of Ethnic Studies, Jesús G. Smith will engage participants with “The Changing Face of Race,” a guided activity and discussion to help people understand that racial classifications are socially and legally constructed. Smith is a tenure track Assistant Professor, an Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow, and Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Junior Faculty Fellow. His expertise centers on the intersection of race, gender performance, sexuality and health as they relate to online identity and relationships.

“Spoken Word” with Anthony Miller not included in recording 

Fox Valley Technical College Scholar for Success Coordinator Anthony Miller shared, “Spoken word is a form of art I use to express my feelings and convey a message to the masses. Whether it’s sharing a traumatic experience or painting a beautiful picture of an ugly situation. Over the years, it has been a way for me to speak for the ones whose stories were never told.”

More About the Event Sessions 

 Deep Listening Session” with Leila and Brian Pertl 

Deep Listening is a contemplative practice that opens up our ability to truly listen, openly engage, and deeply connect as a community. The term “Deep Listening” was coined by American Composer, Pauline Oliveros. This session will break down the boxes of the virtual world so we can find our collective creativity. 

Leila Ramagopal Pertl is an Instructor in Music Education and harp at Lawrence University. Brian Pertl is the Dean of the Lawrence Conservatory of Music. Together they teach classes on world music, present hands-on executive training seminars in creativity in the workplace, and are leading advocates for the importance of music education in all of our lives.

 

“Loving Kindness Meditation” with Constance Kassor

In an increasingly frenetic world, simply sitting still and paying attention is a radical act of resistance. The meditation known as “loving-kindness” (or metta) is a practice that can be used to generate radical love for oneself and for others. 

Through this practice, we can learn to better recognize the ways in which we all experience and perpetuate suffering, and begin to recognize that a world in which we operate from a place of radical love is possible. 

Constance Kassor is an assistant professor of religious studies at Lawrence University. Kassor teaches courses on Buddhist thought and Asian religious traditions.

Thank you to our Event Sponsors

 

Thank you to our Imagine Fox Cities Supporters

Bank of Kaukauna
Boldt Family Fund
Community First Credit Union
Community Foundation
David & Rita Nelson Family Fund
Galloway Company
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Miller Electric Mfg. Co.
NAI Pfefferle
SECURA Insurance Company
ThedaCare, Inc.
Thrivent Financial
U.S. Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation
United Way Fox Cities

Please note the March 19 Volunteer Fox Cities’ Workplace Volunteer Council Lunch has been cancelled. We will update this page if and when it is rescheduled. Thank you.

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