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Dialogue and Deep Listening in Understanding Race Relations

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The Need for Continued Dialogue and Deep Listening in Regards to Understanding Race Relations will be facilitated by author, producer, and speaker, Yvette Johnson. Johnson will use her book, The Song of the Silence: A Story about Family, Race and What Was Revealed in a Small Town in the Mississippi Delta While Searching for Booker Wright. Ms. Johnson also co-produced the documentary Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story, which premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.

Summary

In this moving memoir, Yvette Johnson travels to the Mississippi Delta to uncover the story of her late grandfather Booker Wright whose extraordinary act of courage would change both their lives forever.

Born a year after Wright’s death and raised in a wealthy San Diego neighborhood, Johnson admits she never had to confront race the way Southern blacks did in the 1960s. As she uncovers her grandfather’s compelling story and gets closer to the truth behind his murder, she also confronts her own conflicted feelings surrounding race, family, and forgiveness. In the stories of those who came before, she finds not only a new understanding of herself, but a hopeful vision of the future for all of us.

Learning Objectives:

1. Learn how listening to stories can enhance one’s own sense of self
2. Discover how one woman struggled with her conflicted feelings about race and race relations
3. Explore implications of exploring one’s own story as it relates to feelings about diversity and race relations
4. Discuss ways spiritual caregivers can enhance understanding in diversity issues and with race relations

Resource:       The Song of the Silence: A Story about Family, Race and What Was Revealed in a Small Town in the Mississippi Delta While Searching for Booker Wright by Yvette Johnson.

Assignments:

Week 1 – Chapters 1 – 14
Discussion Questions TBA
Week 2 – Chapters 15 – 30
Discussion Questions TBA
Week 3 – 31 – 42
Discussion Questions TBA

OATES SEMINAR REGISTRATION and INFORMATION

You may participate in this seminar from wherever you are. All you need is your tablet or computer and access to the Internet. You may also participate according to your schedule. By spreading the discussion out over several weeks using a discussion forum, you may read others posts and submit your own to the conversation at times that are convenient to you.

This seminar will use the Oates Institute’s Connected Learning approach, which invites participants to reflect on their experience in light of the assigned readings and share the insights of that reflection with the group. This allows us to more fully engage with what the author and seminar facilitator share and we discover new insights about ourselves in light of our experience. Often we discover that we know more than we thought we did. Sharing our insights helps us go deeper and to also learn from one another’s experience. One of the exciting aspects of online seminars is that the participants are from so many other places providing us with the opportunities for learn from other regions and cultures.

Continuing Education Requirements:

As a participant in this online seminar you may earn 12 contact hours of continuing education credit by reading the resource and other presentations and participating in the discussion. Those seeking continuing education credits must contribute at least two posts per week to the discussion — one reflecting on the presentations or case studies in light of personal experience and context and a second responding to someone else’s reflection or inquiry. The evaluation form submitted at the end of the seminar serves as the CEU application. Following your submission of this form you will receive your CEU certificate.

Registration

As with all Oates Seminars, registration for this seminar is simple. Members may register for free by simply applying for the course in the upper right corner of this page. Non-members may participate by also applying for the course where you will be taken to a payment page. Select the $95 non-member seminar registration choice, pay and you’ll be registered. If you have any difficulties at all, please email us at registration@oates.org.

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