It's been one week since I turned in my final paper, successfully finishing my first year as a doctoral student. Since then, I've been busy working on a few side projects, first up is the Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed Conference here in my home town this weekend.
Along with John Raible, Lisa Marie Rollins and Shannon Gibney, we are presenting Towards a Sustainable Transracial Adoptee Movement and Community: PTO Strategies + Experiments on Friday.
Workshop description: Are we unified only by the largely unacknowledged
history of white supremacy at the root of the American nuclear family,
or are there also other important areas of our experience to be
explored? Investigate the possibilities of a multiethnic transracial
adoptee community and movement, by observing and working with adult
adoptees on a series of Theater and Pedagogy of the Oppressed exercises.
I am the type of person who would typically select a conference workshop where I could sit and take notes. Last November was different. I brought my son to the conference “Facing the Mountains: Breakthroughs to New Racial Landscapes.” I wanted to attend this conference because it was sponsored by World Trust, the producers of the film Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible. My 14 yo son had a football game in Oakland that evening so we drove up for the conference and evening game. Long story – short: I picked the Theatre of the Oppressed workshop led by John Scott because I thought something physical would engage my son. Acting, interacting, seeing, hearing, feeling, breathing, playing… Wow! This full bodied learning experience made ME long for more. My son thought also it was cool.
As my son ages closer to TRAdulthood, I am thankful for your continuing efforts to create the sustainable communities and movements that my son looks forward to joining.
I will be thinking of you, John, Lisa Marie, Shannon and Jae Ran and wishing you the very best at the conference!
Thanks again for an amazing session!
Look for pics tomorrow…