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Wednesday, Nov. 5
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

6 speakers

6 ideas

1 day

Wednesday, Nov. 5

Am I Paranoid?

Delwyn Jones
Buying a house is stressful enough, but buying a house when black adds more complexity. Delwyn Jones offers a bold but self-reflective performance piece on race and socio-economic status in suburban America. He explores the difficult and sometimes unexpected ways that history influences the present.

Terribly Toxic to Terrifically Tranquil
Maryan Jatczak
The American Holistic Nurses’ Association defines Holistic nursing as “all nursing practice that has healing the whole person as its goal”. As a psychiatric nurse, Maryan Jatczak has always felt her patient care met this standard. However, when she started her formal training in Holistic nursing, she was shocked to find that she wasn’t applying this practice to her own life. Come to hear about Maryan’s personal journey.

Not Quite White: U.S. Census Race Classification and Arab-Americans
Nina Shoman-Dajani
How many Arab-Americans live in the United States? This question cannot be answered accurately because there is no federal survey that counts all Arab-Americans. According the U.S. Census, people of Arab descent are classified as “White”…yet many Arab-Americans would consider themselves “not quite White”. Nina Shoman-Dajani will discuss the diversity that exists within the Arab-American community while providing a bit of the history of Arab-Americans in the U.S.—including their early “fight to be white” in order to gain U.S. citizenship and the current struggle of Arab-Americans to be recognized with their own category on the U.S. Census.

Plato’s Cave and Moraine’s Core Values
Jeffrey Christ
The Allegory of the Cave is one of the most recognizable, celebrated, and influential passages in Plato’s Republic. It has been read and pondered by uncounted numbers of people for thousands of years. Jeff Christ discusses this passage and draws some philosophical lessons from it, finding interesting connections to Moraine Valley’s Core Values.

“To Thine Own Self Be True”: Stories from a Life of Perpetual Wanderlust
Tommy Hensel
The need to belong and to be thought of as "normal" can be a powerful, pervasive force. But what happens when you feel as though, no matter what you try, you never truly fit in anywhere? Tommy Hensel shares stories of his life of perpetual wanderlust and serial "non-belonging." He explores the idea that the quest for new experiences can be a valid and empowering life journey despite social pressure to settle down, belong, and fit in.

More Room to the Pie. . . Living Life Beyond Slices
Jermaine Ford
The value of life is more than the sum total of things. Have you ever had an “aha moment”? Oprah calls the “aha moment” the connect-the-dot moment, “when everything suddenly—somehow changes.” Come with Jermaine Ford on a journey of discovering that “aha moment.” During this journey Jermaine discovered his inner voice and wrote his first book, “More Room to the Pie. . . Living Life Beyond Slices.” Hear how this book, scheduled to be released in 2015, changed his life forever. It might make you cry. It might make you laugh. It might even make you get up and shout hallelujah! Let’s journey together on the track called life to discover how writing this book changed his life forever. “More Room to the Pie. . . Living Life Beyond Slices”


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