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Sunday, October 21 • 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Bridging 'ism' Schisms: Reaching Out Across Divides
Our race, faith, gender, orientation, age and ability often shape where we live, whom we know, the resources to which we have access, and how people perceive us. The stories we tell ourselves about our similarities and differences shape our life choices, and, far too often, different “isms” are used to divide us. How can we use our differences to make us all stronger? What strategies can we use to build bridges and work together for positive change? The future of our society depends on how we address those questions. Hosted by: Sonali Sangeeta Balajee, Senior Fellow at The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley and founder of The Bodhi Project. With: Ashton Applewhite, author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism; Lyla June, Native American poet, musician, anthropologist, educator and community organizer; Sarah Crowell, Artistic Director of Destiny Arts Center.
Location: Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium

Keynote Speakers
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Ashton Applewhite

ThisChairRocks.com
Ashton Applewhite, an internationally recognized expert on ageism and a leading spokesperson for a movement to mobilize against discrimination on the basis of age, is the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. She also blogs at ThisChairRocks.com and runs the Yo, Is This Ageist? website. Applewhite speaks widely at a wide range of venues that have included the TED main stage and the United Nations... Read More →
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Lyla June

Poet/Musician, Activist
Lyla June is a poet, musician, anthropologist, educator, public speaker and community organizer of Diné, Cheyenne and European lineages who has addressed audiences across the globe with a message of personal, collective and ecological healing. She blends studies in Human Ecology... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Sonali Sangeeta Balajee

Sonali Sangeeta Balajee, a Senior Fellow at The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley, is the founder of The Bodhi Project, which promotes practices at the intersection of Belonging, Organizing, Decolonizing, Health, and Interconnectedness. Sonali previously... Read More →
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Sarah Crowell

Sarah Crowell, who has taught dance, theater and violence prevention for 30 years, is currently the Artistic Director at Destiny Arts Center, where she has served in different capacities since 1990, including as Executive Director. Since 1993, she has directed the organization's renowned... Read More →


Sunday October 21, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)