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The Monastery of St. Gertrude will host three lectures by local diversity educators and human rights activists on creating justice in our region. The series takes place September 24, 25, and 26 and is planned in conjunction with the Spirit Center retreat, “Creative Courage: An Artist’s Voice for Justice,” and the "Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate" exhibit at Lewis-Clark State College August 29 through December 13.
Tuesday, September 24, 7 p.m., Jeff Guillory and Jenne Schmidt: “Building Social Movements in Rural Spaces”
Jeff Guillory is the Director of the Diversity Education program at Washington State University. For over twenty years, Jeff has also consulted major companies and organizations regarding organizational development, conflict management, diversity education, cultural competency and team building. Jenne Schmidt is an educator and coordinator of Diversity Education at Washington State University. She has also worked as a legal assistant serving low income and disabled people in San Francisco, and was a community organizer in the struggle for affordable housing on the South Side of Chicago. Committed to social justice, Schmidt is actively engaged in anti-oppression organizing and activism.
Wednesday, September 25, 7 p.m., Dr. Eleanor Downey: “Tolerance…A Lifelong Journey”
Dr. Eleanor Downey is a professor of social work at Lewis-Clark State College. She was a social worker for 24 years and a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Research on Social Problems focusing on learning how children develop race and gender concepts and attitudes. She has developed educational programs and conducted workshops on raising children without prejudices.
Thursday, September 26, 7 p.m., Tony Stewart: “A Contemporary History of Human Rights in Idaho and the Pacific Northwest”
Tony Stewart is an award-winning political scientist, lecturer, author, and community activist. As a human rights activist, he is a founding member of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, the Human Rights Education Institute, and Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment. He was also vice-chair of the North Idaho College Human Rights and Diversity Committee. Tony has advised numerous organizations, educational institutions, and politicians. He has also produced lectures and public television programs on social justice.
All talks are free and take place at Spirit Center, Monastery of St. Gertrude, 465 Keuterville Road, Cottonwood. For more information call 208-962-2000.