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February 14, 2013

With the start of the second semester, the Talking Circles will also start. In a Talking Circle, participants explore a particular issue or topic from many different perspectives. Talking Circle participants do not attempt to reach consensus on the topic.

Rather, all voices are respectfully heard in order to stimulate personal learning and growth through reflection. This semester we will be having one Circle per month starting in the month of February with the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).

YWCA Let’s Talk About It: Race
From 9:30-11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21 in the St. Croix River Room at the University Center.

The YWCA of Minneapolis is a national leader in the field of racial justice, facilitating change and generating meaningful action in the workplace and the community. For the past decade YWCA has hosted an annual event called “It’s Time to Talk.” This event is a lunch devoted to breaking down stereotypes and promoting racial justice. Bringing hundreds of community members together for a lunch time discussion, the YWCA provides the atmosphere to foster positive change towards racial justice.

The circle will include a screening of the performance by the Mixed Blood Theater which was an original production specifically written to illuminate common racial stereotyping in the world today.

The Mixed Blood Theater is a theater company based in Minneapolis which uses “relevant and entertaining theater to spawn a ripple effect of social change.” Mixed Blood illuminates difference in a positive light and in doing so has won numerous awards for human rights and artistic accomplishments.

Future Talking Circles:
From 9:30-11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 14 in St. Croix River Room at the UC
“How do we define American” with Jose Vargas.