Beth Roy on Race, Class, Listening and Emotions

Posted: April 26, 2012 by meghandoran in Uncategorized

On Thrusday April 20th sociologist and radical therapist Beth Roy gave a talk at Northeastern University for our Learning Network entitled “Listening for Race and Class.” As only  the second capacity building event we’ve held for our learning network (the first was when Eduardo Gonzalez spoke to us about truth commissions last July), we weren’t quite sure what to expect. We were thrilled when over 90 people joined us for this interesting and engaging talk.

Audience members at Beth Roy’s talk engage in a ‘deep listening’ exercise where they tell and listen to stories about schooling.

We got a lot of interesting and engaging insights from the audience for the project based on the talk, which we will find a way to summarize here soon. After you watch the excerpt below, be sure to tell us what you think!

Ms. Roy also returned the following day to talk to BBDP leadership (staff, committee members facillitators, etc) in more detail. We had an exciting three hour discussion with her based on questions the audience had detailed from the previous evening. She went further into the ‘theory of nested conflict’ as we discussed how to engage both individuals and groups in this work in a meaningful way. In all, this was a great visit, and we are looking forward to upcoming capacity building events with our network.

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