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Conversations That Matter June 2021


with Skye McFarland

Calendar Jun 24, 2021 at 7 pm

The system will ask for your birthdate- you can put any year in that you would like, this is a built-in part of our registration because we have kids' classes, we apologize for the inconvenience.

“Conversations that Matter” is a monthly on-line series from the McKinney Center. In each “Conversation” two local guests will explore their own culture and perspective, and talk to each other about what makes them unique, discover their similarities, and explore their differences. They will look at where their lives might intersect personally and in the community. The goal of each “Conversation that Matters” is for guests and participants to hear real stories, from real neighbors.

The next event in this series will feature Adam Dickson and Felipe Fiuza for a second time. Adam and Felipe had their first conversation in April and many asked for this conversation to continue. We are excited to hear even more. This conversation will be moderated by Katelyn Yarbrough and guest moderator, Brittany Butler. It will take place via Zoom on June 24, at 7pm. 

Adam Dickson currently works for the City of Johnson City, TN as Supervisor of the Langston Centre (Langston), a facility promoting multicultural awareness through community arts, education, and leadership. Langston sits on the site of the former Langston High School, Johnson City, TN's black high school from 1893-1965. Adam is an Adjunct Instructor of Political Science at East TN State University.  For 15 years he has taught the course “Black American Political Thought” which examines black political ideology and the role of race in American political development. Adam currently serves as Vice-Mayor for the Town of Jonesborough, TN, and he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Carson-Newman University. He received a Master of Public Administration degree from East TN State University in 2004.

Felipe Fiuza is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at East Tennessee State University (ETSU), where he is also the Director of ETSU's Language and Culture Resource Center. As director of the center, he works towards closing the gap between East Tennessean native speakers of English and people from other languages and cultures through language services, such as interpretation and translation, offered by the center. Felipe's first poetry book, Ucideia, just won first place in a peer-reviewed literary contest from the Federal University of Espírito Santo Press, and as a result will be published by them with a release date of March, 6th, 2020. His research interests are linked to the intersection between literature and cognitive sciences, focusing in Brazilian Literature and in Literature from the Iberian Peninsula.

This monthly series is inspired by the Diversity & Equity Subcommittee at the McKinney Center, and their desire to highlight the experiences of all voices in Washington County, Tennessee, with an intention to include marginalized groups. By showcasing these conversations, the Diversity & Equity subcommittee hopes to open doors to new ideas and perspectives amongst our very own neighbors. Questions such as, “What was your experience in grade-school and how did that make you feel?” or, “Have you experienced exclusion or racism?” For many of us the answers are different and unique. The McKinney Center believes it is time to talk about our experiences and share them.

There is value in uplifting these stories so that we may learn from one another. Then, after hearing from one another our moderators and guest conversationalists will give insight on how to move forward.

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