Join Raney Bench, Curator of Education, George Neptune, Museum Educator, and Steve Wessler, Civil Rights attorney, in a conversation about the impact bias and stereotypes can have on children and our communities. Steve Wessler will explore the risk that racial and ethnic bias can cause emotional and physical harm to students and even escalate to serious violence, and will draw upon the lessons he has learned from his conflict resolution work in racially and religiously tense schools in Maine, Northern Ireland and elsewhere. Steve currently works with schools, colleges, non-profit organizations, health care institutions, law enforcement agencies, employers, communities and others through education, training and advocacy. He has presented and facilitated 100s of workshops, lectures, keynote addresses, and conflict resolution dialogues across the United States and in Canada, Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East.
This program is free and open to the public at the Abbe Museum downtown on Tuesday Nov. 13 6:30-8:30 PM. For more information, call 288-3519. Teachers will be given two contact hours for attending this program, as well as a new classroom activity.
Video: Watch Steve Wessler's 2011 TEDx talk.