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Conversations Bureau

Event Dates: October 1, 2015

The Kingston Public Library will host a public discussion, "Warriors in the Workforce: From Combat to the Job Market" on October 1. Contact melissa@humanitiestennessee.org for more information. 

Event Dates: August 11, 2015

In conjunction with the bilingual exhibit "Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964," Arts in McNairy will host labor historian David Barber to facilitate a conversation about the history of migrant and guest worker programs in the US, entitled "Life on the Fence: A Long View of Guest Worker Programs."

Join the conversation Tuesday, August 11 at 7pm, followed by a reception.

This conversation is based on a written account from W.W.

Event Dates: October 2, 2014

The public is invited to participate in a conversation facilitated by Vanderbilt University's Daniel Sharfstein about Dred Scott and the Origins of American Citizenship. This conversation focuses on questions of slavery and citizenship during the first century of American statehood. It is centered on the Supreme Court case of Dred Scott v.

Event Dates: April 12, 2014

Event Dates: February 5, 2014

"Routes to Roots" uses audio, visual, and text excerpts of migration stories to explore domestic/international and historic/contemporary journeys, revealing where people have been and where they are now, and the changes in Tennessee communities that trace their origins across the globe. The conversation highlights our history and provides a framework for civil discourse around currently divisive issues.

Event Dates: May 6, 2013

Our third Conversations Bureau selection of 2013 is set for May 6th at 6:00 pm in Smyrna, TN, hosted by the Sam Davis Home and Museum. Region, Race and Memory: Inheriting the Civil War will be led by Dr. Michael Bertrand, TSU, and will explore factors that shape our shared and disparate stories of the Civil War. Writings by Robert Penn Warren and Ta-Nehisi Coates will be provided to participants and serve as a springboard for discussion.

Event Dates: February 28, 2013

 

Our second Conversations Bureau selection of 2013 is set for February 28th at 6: 30pm in Jonesborough, TN, hosted by the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee & Southwest Virginia. Region, Race and Memory: Inheriting the Civil War will be led by Dr. Daryl Carter, ETSU, and will explore factors that shape our shared and disparate stories of the Civil War. Writings by Robert Penn Warren and Ta-Nehisi Coates will be provided to participants and serve as a springboard for discussion.

Conversations Bureau Resources

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Planning and Publicity

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Introduction

The goal of this program is to use brief text excerpts to aid in facilitating conversations and civil discourse on topics that once led to – and in some instances continue to lead to – sharp schisms in society. By exploring previous moments of division, the conversations both highlight our history confronting such divisions and provide a framework for creating a civil discourse around currently divisive issues.

Introduction

The goal of this program is to utilize primary historical documents and other writings to aid in facilitating conversations and civil discourse on topics that once led to – and in some instances continue to lead to – sharp schisms in society. By exploring previous moments of division, the conversations both highlight our history confronting such divisions and provide a framework for creating a civil discourse around currently divisive issues.