9th Annual Liberation-Based Healing Conference Schedule
Speaking Truth to Power:
Decolonization Through Liberation-Based Healing
Decolonizing strategies call for changing the paradigm, the lens, the language, and the journey and necessitates debunking the myth of healing through diagnostic codes, individual structures and the rigid bifurcation of individuals, their families, their context and their healing spaces. It encompasses the multiplicity of personal and social, institutional locations that frame identities within historic, economic and political life.
People within our own local and global localities are unwittingly located within a range of broad and nuanced descriptors that may or may not include nationality, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, or religious preference. They might also trace other identity markers that are both simultaneously visible and concealed. These personal and political intersections are largely unacknowledged by current western models of psychological practice.
The paradigm of liberation-based healing locates these complexities within a societal matrix that shapes relationships: power, privilege, and oppression building on the foundations of critical consciousness, empowerment and accountability within culture circles accompanied by tools for identifying and decolonizing lived experiences.
Friday, October 3, 2014
Welcome and Opening Ritual by Melissa Bennett and Cornel Pewewardy
Panel 1 – Decolonizing Education Across Disciplines: Crossing Geographical, Linguistic and Disciplinary Borders Through the Pedagogy
Panelists: Alma Trinidad, Cornel Pewewardy, and Rhea Almeida
Moderator: Andraé Brown
10:45 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Panel 2 – Taking Border Thinking into Practice: Nurturing Our Identities Across Multiple Locations
Panelists: Gita Mehrotra, Lisa Dressner, and Ohlaysha Hicks
Moderator: Rhea Almeida
Lunch and Keynote Presentation by Jacqueline Battalora
Panel 3 – Indigenous Film, Social Media, and Science Fiction
Panelists: Grace Dillon, Andraé Brown, and Kaila Farrell-Smith
Moderator: Carmen Knudson-Martin
2:45- 3:00 p.m.
Panel 4 – Environmental Justice and Sustainability:Air, Food, Water, and Health Sovereignty
Panelists: Judy Bluehorse Skelton, Raven Sinclair, and Jeri Williams
Moderator: Jose Paez
Facilitators: Rebecca Hyman and Diana Melendez
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Opening Ceremony with Local Youth
Panel 1 - From Silos to Community Alliances
Panelists: Marc Fernandes and Youth, Vanessa Michale, Vanessa Timmons, and Caitlin Clark
Moderator: Ohlaysha Hicks
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Panel 2 - Ancestral and Contiguous Trauma: Resilience, Hope, and Awakening
Panelists: Raven Sinclair, Jose Paez, and Melissa Bennett
Moderator: Alma Trinidad
Panel 3 – Unsettling Whitestream Pedagogy of Knowledge Students, Professionals and Educators
Panelists: Danica Brown, Diana Melendez, and Teresa McDowell
Moderator: Se-ah-dom Edmo
Panel 4 – Community, Youth and Domestic Violence
Panelists: Beth McNamara, Lisa Dressner, and Andraé Brown
Moderator: Gita Mehrotra
Closing Ritual–Indigenous drummers to close the circle of healing.
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