Decolonizing the Mind Through Conversations We Were Never Meant to Have
Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

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First Church, West Hartford
12 South Main Street
West Hartford, CT 06107

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Jennifer deSimas

Sunday, September 15th, from 4 to 6 pm in the Auditorium of First Church, West Hartford, 12 South Main Street. Parking access from Farmington Ave. and enter through lower level entrance from parking lot.
Claudia Fox Tree, Native American (Arawak/Yurumein) educator, joins Debby Irving onstage for an open conversation to explore how U.S. narratives shape our understanding of ourselves, one another, and the increasingly complex world we live in. In this unstructured and authentic cross-racial conversation, Claudia and Debby will address such ideas as: 

•    The words we should use - American Indians, Native Americans, or First Nations
•    Traditional public-school instruction about Native Americans
•    The notion of immigrants and immigration
•    Our internalized stereotypes about Native Americans - and how we might begin to free ourselves

Fox Tree was the first speaker at the Boston Women’s March in January 2017. She has taught in Massachusetts for over 30 years and is passionate about anti-racism and multicultural education. Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White - and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, uses her own identity (and past cultural blindness) as a white woman to candidly explore racial issues. This event is free and open to the public. Please register at

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