Arcadia University’s International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) master’s program is hosting a second free workshop forum, “The Color Line: Healing the Traumatic Legacy of Racism in the Americas,” on Monday, March 4, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle Rose and Mirror Rooms. Register online.
As W.E.B. DuBois stated at the first convening of the Pan African Conference in 1900, “The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line.” Racism and its attendant systems continue to plague society. To combat this, the Conciliation Project sees art as a potential intervention into the healing of the human spirit. Their Color Line interactive workshops revolve around self-healing, and ethnographic research on the historic trauma and remnants of torn and tattered spirit.
Program directors Dr. Tawnya Pettiford-Wates, a faculty member from Virginia Commonwealth University, and Ram Bhagat, a doctoral student in the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University, will be on hand to facilitate this program which they see as rich, historical, transformative, and essential healing.
The Color Line workshops are a cross cultural journey, created through a collaboration between Afro-Brazilian artists and the community, for educators, artists, sociologists, community organizers, social workers, art therapists, and healing practitioners. Utilizing drumming, dance, and drama, these programs lead to a creative project entitled A Theatrical Collaboration for Public Dialogue.
The workshop is funded by the Public Education for Peacebuilding Support Initiative of the United States Institute for Peace.