Wednesday, April 25th from 6:45-8:00 pm, The Lawrenceville School will host the next installation of The Other Box Project on the topic “The Power of Youth Movements: From Birmingham to Parkland.” The program will consider the role of students’ identity in their activism and the changing nature of student struggle from the Civil Rights Movement to #BlackLivesMatter to the Women’s March to the #MarchForOurLives. Special guests are Civil and Human Rights Attorney Raymond Brown, who was one of the student leaders of the Columbia University Uprising of 1968, and Dr. Ruha Benjamin, associate professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Princeton University. RSVP is required; click here.
The Other Box Project is a series of public conversations and museum installation curated by WNYC’s Jami Floyd. The “Other Box” refers to the dilemma multiracial Americans face every time they fill out an insurance form, take a standardized test or participate in the U.S. Census. Until the year 2000, they were required to check just one box — to choose between the heritage of their biological mothers and fathers. “There was no box for us. We were, ‘Other.'”
Doris Chang, Director of Clinical Training and Assistant Professor of Psychology at the New School for Social Research, describes a Mindfulness-Based Critical Consciousness Training (MBCC-T) for teachers she is piloting, which “will combine training in mindfulness and culturally-responsive pedagogy with the ultimate goal of enhancing teachers’ intercultural effectiveness.” To read the complete interview, click here.
Kwel’ Hoy is an exhibition that connects communities protecting water, land, and our collective future.
The exhibition, created by the Natural History Museum, includes a hand crafted totem pole on a journey from the Lummi Nation of the Pacific Northwest, a stone altar initiated by members of the Ramapough Lenape Nation, and stories of local peoples and their struggles to protect their homes from fossil fuel development.
OPENING CEREMONY: APRIL 24, 6:00-8:30 PM
Enjoy songs, brief talks, and art both indoors and outside of the Watershed Center during this free opening celebration.
Over the last 6 years, the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation has transported a totem pole across North America to communities threatened or impacted by fossil fuel projects. As the pole travels, it draws a line between dispersed but connected concerns, building an unprecedented alliance of tribal and non-tribal communities as they stand together to advocate for a sustainable relationship between humanity and the natural world.
The totem pole journey demonstrates that struggles are connected and in unity there is strength. Drawing a line in the sand, it joins communities together as one front in the collective struggle for a safe and sustainable future.
RSVP online to attend this free event opening: http://bit.ly/2JwkSuF
The exhibit is on display at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association Center (31 Titus Mill Rd, Pennington, NJ) until the end of August.