2013 Symposium Agenda


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Wednesday, May 29

3:00   “Black Wall Street” bus tour and tour of John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park. Julius Pegues, Chair, John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, and Vanessa Adams-Harris, Docent Coordinator, John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation.

Register here for the tour. Seating is limited.

Thursday, May 30

8:45     Welcome: The Honorable Dewey Bartlett, Mayor of the City of Tulsa

9:00     Featured speaker: David Blatt, Ph.D., Director of the Oklahoma Policy Institute.  “Closing the Opportunity Gap – Building an Equity Agenda”

10:20   Break

10:45    Concurrent Sessions

“Catholic and Protestant Approaches to Reconciliation: Creating Spaces of Reconciliation in a Structurally Segregated Society,” Karen Johnson, Ph.D., Rock of Our Salvation Evangelical Free Church, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Institutional spaces that foster reconciliation produce spiritual, social, and economic benefits. This session will consider two stories – a historical Catholic one and a contemporary Protestant evangelical one – to consider the value produced when religious institutions foster spaces for reconciliation.

“What Value Does the Hispanic Community Add to Tulsa?” Juan Miret, journalist and online editor of the bilingual newspaper, Hispano de Tulsa, and Sara Martinez, librarian, Coordinator, Hispanic Resource Center, Tulsa City-County Library System. The session will offer a brief overview of the enduring presence of Hispanics in Oklahoma by examining the factors that have brought and continue to bring them here, their contributions to the economic development and cultural diversity of the state, and their place in both Tulsa´s a future and its historical record.

“Opening Hearts and Minds: Building Empathy and Understanding in American Communities to Welcome New Immigrants,” Jessy Molina, J.D., Director of Education and Training, Welcoming America, Atlanta, GA. Our national dialogue initiative provides structured opportunities for immigrants and non-immigrants to engage in open and honest conversation.   We will share how “leaning into discomfort” can often lead to transformation, as well as tools and practices that you can use to join us in building a nation of neighbors, one conversation at a time.

“Acknowledging Institutional Racism as a Prerequisite to Reconciliation,” Diana Reynolds Clayton, Esq., Associate Professor/Coordinator, Criminal Justice Degree Programs, Rogers State University, Claremore, Oklahoma. The concept of restorative justice will be explored as a mechanism to foster reconciliation from healing. The threshold to healing involves “victims” defining the harm followed by “offenders” having the opportunity to understand and acknowledge the harm. A brief overview of the restorative justice model will be followed by an exchange of ideas for reaching acknowledgment of harm.

12:00   Break

12:15   Lunch & Featured Speaker: John W. Gibson, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of both ONEOK and ONEOK Partners. “Reconciliation is a Corporate Value”

1:45     Break

2:00     Concurrent Sessions

“Conflict Transformation in Post-Apartheid South Africa: From Reconciliation to Restoration, Redempta Kokusiima Rwebangira, University of Kwazulu Natal—Pietermaritzburg Campus. The South African government and the post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission have made great strides toward addressing apartheid-era grievances. Challenges remain. This session will examine how the structural and economic elements of racism (e.g., unfair laws, inadequate education, and health care and employment disparities) affect South Africa’s racial reconciliation prospects 

“Understanding and Transcending Race,” Carlos Hoyt, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Ph.D. student at Simmons School of Social Work in Boston, MA; Associate Dean of Students at Phillips Academy Andover. This workshop will engage participants in the exploration of topics at the edge of the discourse on racial identity, and provide a glimpse into a possibly developing future in which racially defined differences are reconciled through both race consciousness and race transcendence.

“Building Equity: Strategies for Closing the Opportunity Gap,” Kate Richey, Policy Analyst, Oklahoma Policy Institute.

Disparities in access to opportunities to build wealth keep too many Oklahomans financially vulnerable and unable to build a prosperous future.  This session reviews policies and programs that advance equitable investment in core assets among all Oklahoma communities.

“Racial Reconciliation: We Can Do More,” Sherri Tapp, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, College of Education, Oral Roberts University. Based on informal discussions, this session will illuminate the identified challenges encountered by Hispanic nursing students at the ORU Anna Vaughn College of Nursing. This is was the initial step to develop strategies that will facilitate student success and retention.

3:15     Break

3:30     Town Hall – Free event and open to the public

A Conversation on the Value of Reconciliation between Eminent Theologians. Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., Senior Minister Emeritus of the Riverside Church in New York City, and Rev. Dr. Donald W. Shriver, Jr., Emeritus President of the Faculty and William E. Dodge Professor of Applied Christianity at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

5:00     Break

5:20     God Bless America by vocalist Phil Armstrong, Chief Operating Officer, Franchisee Support Center, Subway; member of touring vocal group, Seven

5:25     Remarks and Introduction of Keynote Speaker: John W. Franklin, Director of Partnerships and International Programs, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History & Culture

5:35     KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Free event and open to the public

Peter Edelman, lawyer, policy maker, and law professor at Georgetown University Law Center.  “Ending Poverty in America (and Other Prerequisites to Reconciliation)”

7:30   Reception at Philbrook Museum of Art (7:30 – 9:00 p.m.) featuring entertainment by Edison Dance Company

Friday, May 31

8:15     Featured presentation: Roberto R. Ramirez, Branch Chief, Ethnicity and Ancestry Statistics Branch, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau .   “The Value of Reconciliation Going Forward: Demographic Trends Through 2050”

9:15     Break

9:30     Concurrent Sessions

“Language Discrimination in the Oklahoma Workplace,” Eduardo D. Faingold, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Spanish, Director, Linguistics Concentration, Director, Judaic Studies Certificate, Academic Adviser, Study Abroad in Latin America, Department of Languages, The University of Tulsa  Speaking a minority language at work is a crucial marker of social and cultural identity. A linguistically homogenized work environment is offensive and intimidating to bilinguals, not unlike the practice of slave owners of intentionally mixing captured slaves who spoke different African languages to discourage their use. [This paper is based on an expert witness report by the author in a Spanish language discrimination case in Oklahoma (Maldonado v. Altus. United States Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit).]

“Facing the Riot: The Art of High-Impact Race Reporting,Michael Mason, Editor, This Land Press and contributing editors Steve Gerkin and Lee Roy Chapman, Tulsa, Oklahoma. The panel will discuss the journalist work that has gone into previous race reporting and its impact on Tulsa, new findings about the role different Tulsa institutions played in the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, and their position in race relations today, and opportunities to report on racial issues.

“The Good We Would But Do Not,” Ann Dapice, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute of Values Inquiry and Director, Education and Research, T.K. Wolf, Inc., Tulsa, Oklahoma. What values compete with reconciliation, opportunity, equity and race? What unconscious values drive our behavior? Psychologists, ethicists and theologians have long told us that many of our values are not conscious and may remain unknown to us. Interactive art, story and roleplaying will be used to demonstrate related research.

“Portrait of Reconciliation? The Lynching Intercessor in American Literature and Film,” Abigail Horne, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, English Department, Washington University, Saint Louis, Missouri. The session will address a pattern in post-Civil War American literature and film that I call the lynching intercessor—a white individual who confronts a lynch mob and attempts to stop them. Should we admire the intercessor or recognize this character as a cultural perpetuation of racial and economic privilege 

10:45   Break

11:00   Concurrent Sessions

“Navigating the Diversity and Inclusion Conversation for Business and Community Impact,” Denise Reid, Director Talent Strategies & Recruitment, Tulsa Regional Chamber; Barbara Ware, VP of Diversity, Tulsa Area Human Resources Association, and Rewards & Recognition Manager, Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group. This interactive discussion will focus how the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s Mosaic Program and TAHRA’s Return on Inclusion Summit developed through grass roots efforts of volunteer leadership tied to the business case and competitive advantages of creating inclusive work space.  The session will show businesses how consciousness of opportunity and equity for all in the workplace can enhance the bottom line.

“Bridging the Racial and Political Divide,” Alice Patterson, President, Justice at the Gate, an organization dedicated to racial healing and partnership, San Antonio, Texas. As the granddaughter of a former KKK member, Alice Patterson shares her journey in understanding that an entire ethnic group can be wounded and affect future generations.  She will share a DVD about reconciliation in Jasper, Texas after the murder of James Byrd Jr. and relate reconciliation efforts in the political arena.

“A Community Approach to Connecting History with the Search for Equity,” Rob Corcoran, national director of Initiatives of Change (“IofC”), a diverse network of concerned professionals and community leaders dedicated to building bridges of trust across racial, religious, political, and class lines, and Rev. Sylvester “Tee” Turner, director of Reconciliation Programs for Initiatives of Change/Hope in the Cities. Through the case study of “Unpacking the Census: The New Realities of Race, Class and Jurisdiction,” Corcoran and Turner will describe the process of research, training, dialogue, and community mobilization to address poverty in Richmond, Virginia and how it how it might be applied to other communities.

“Promoting Reconciliation and Generating Trust,” Dewayne Dickens, Ph.D., Pauline Harris, Ed.D., Vanessa Adams-Harris, Alicia Latimer, and Jean Neal, John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, Tulsa, Oklahoma. The panel will discuss how the programs of the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation are creating value and achieving the Center’s mission – “to promote reconciliation and generate trust through scholarly work and constructive community engagement.”

12:15   Break

12:30   Lunch and Featured Speaker (1:00 – 2:00 p.m.): A public interview with Etan Thomas, retired NBA basketball player, writer, and social activist.  “An Activist Athlete Speaks About Opportunity, Equity & Race”

2:00     Break

2:15     Symposium Reflections, featuring the National Symposium Advisory Committee of the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation—Barbara Nevergold, Ph.D., Co-founder of the Uncrowned Queens Institute for Research and Education on Women (Buffalo, New York) (moderator); Trent Gabert, Ph.D., former Associate Dean, College of Liberal Studies, University of Oklahoma (Norman, Oklahoma); Rob Corcoran, U.S. National Director of Initiatives of Change (Richmond, Virginia); Robert Jackson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English, The University of Tulsa (Tulsa, Oklahoma); Calvin C. Moore, J.D., Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, Cleveland State University (Cleveland, Ohio).

3:00     ADJOURN