Seneca Meadows recently presented a donation to support the 7th biennial Seneca Falls Dialogues – Disrupting the Past, Questioning the Present, and Building the Future. 2020 marks the centennial of the 19th amendment, recognizing both its historical importance but also the unequal effects of the legislation. The 2020 Dialogues seek to provoke discussion, inspire action, and foster community in this moment.
Sub-themes of the virtual event this year included: elections, democracy, decolonizing pedagogy, digital disruptions, local/global activism, bodies and identities, art, and performance. Featured speakers and virtual performance events highlighted these themes over the 2 day virtual event, which included:
- A Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity: The Pursuit of Becoming Whole
- Influencing Public Opinion: Activist Public Relations and the Arrest of Susan B. Anthony
- Decolonizing Pedagogy: Provide strategies and tools to educators to become facilitators of discussions around race
“The Dialogues are a collaborative effort sponsored by the Women’s Institute for Learning and Leadership (WILL) to reinvigorate Seneca Falls as a site of feminist activism and intellectual exchange. The other organizations that contribute to the Dialogues are a College Alliance of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Monroe Community College, The College at Brockport, State University of New York and the University of Rochester. As our financial partner, Seneca Meadows, has been central to the funding of student scholarships. We thank Seneca Meadows for its diligence in providing this sustainability and for their foresight and willingness to help identify and promote future leaders and activists,” said Dialogues program coordinator Adriene Emmo.
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