WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series present “Truth Telling: Promoting Healing, Change, and Joy for the Movement!” This multi-media event brings together musical artists and peace and justice professors to promote healing, change, and joy for the current civil rights movement.
WHEN: Friday, September 9, 2016, at 3 p.m.
WHERE: UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library
DETAILS: This event will feature David Ragland, professor of peace and conflict at Juniata College, founding member and co-director of the Truth Telling Project and a Peace and Justice Studies Association board member; Cris Toffolo, professor and chair of the Justice Studies Department at Northeastern Illinois University and a founding member of The Truth Telling Project; and Steff Reed, a Grammy award-nominated music educator, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music and film producer and anti-violence Black Lives Matter activist.
The Truth Telling Project aims to use truth telling as a tool for racial justice. Ragland will discuss the Truth Telling Project's work and share documentary footage of truth telling panels held in Ferguson. Toffolo will address the role this work can play in community engagement workshops beyond Ferguson and report on her first-hand experience of how facilitated discussions around the truth telling panel hearings can shift opinions and inspire civic engagement. Reed will bring truths directly to the audience through the power of art.
For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events and more information, visit www.uis.edu/speakerseries/. All events are free and open to the public.