Dialogue on Race, Agriculture, and Living History

Date(s) - March 24, 2017
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
University of Maryland Tawes Fine Arts Buiilding
7751 Alumni Drive, College Park, MD, 20742, DC Metro
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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gail Christopher, W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Initiative

Registration is $20 per person.* Lunch is included in registration.

Deadline to register is March 15, 2017. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

Triggered by current day racial tension, an interpreter at the National Colonial Farm says she can no longer play an enslaved character. A high school agricultural intern hides any time visitors enter the colonial farm, not wanting anyone to think he is “playing a slave.” How can a living history tobacco farm connect visitors to the land and the stories of agriculture through time without perpetuating stereotypes associated with difficult histories?

Join colleagues from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds in a facilitated Dialogue on Race, Agriculture and Living History using the Accokeek Foundation’s National Colonial Farm and its work in Piscataway Park as a case study.

The day will include:

  • Performance of Telling the Story of a Landscape, a short play written for this event. The play will be performed by dog & pony dc, a theatre company that specializes in audience engagement on diversity and inclusion.
  • Small group discussion sessions designed in collaboration with Braden Paynter of the International Sites of Conscience.
  • Full group discussion that will begin with sharing from respondents Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson (Chair, UMD American Studies), Dr. Gabrielle Tayac (Historian, National Museum of the American Indian), and Dr. Denise Meringolo (Associate Professor and Director of Public History at UMBC).


*Note: We want to include all who are interested in joining this conversation. If program cost is a barrier to your participation, please contact us at 301-965-9640 or by email at kholmes@accokeek.org. Funding from the Corina Higginson Trust allows us to waive registration fees for up to 25 stakeholders who would otherwise be unable to participate.

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