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Speaker Series on Racial Justice

Updated: Jan 3

[Hudson, October 2020] Conversations of the Valley, the long-running speaker series hosted by the St. Croix Valley Foundation, brings a new slate of experts and thought leaders to the Zoom format. The theme for this season’s presentation is “Racial Justice: Listening and Learning.”

A reckoning on race relations is how many in the media have characterized events and responses that many have experienced or witnessed in 2020. This Conversations of the Valley presentation series aims to take what can sometimes seem like far off voices in the national media and bring those voices a little closer to home.

There will be no fees for this season's program.

DATE : Wed. Nov 18, 2020

TIME: 12 noon – 1:00 pm

TOPIC : "Identifying, Resisting and Responding to Racism"

FEATURING : Jason Jackson, M.A., Strategic Diversity Initiatives

DATE : Wed. Jan 20, 2021

TIME: 12 noon – 1:00 pm

TOPIC: "Historical Perspective: What Happened in this Region to Create Disparities that Black Americans Continue to Experience Today?"

FEATURING : Bill Green, Ph.D., J.D., Professor, Augsburg University

DATE : Wed. Mar 17, 2021

TIME: 12 noon – 1:00 pm

TOPIC : "Travelways of the Dakota People in the St. Croix River Valley"

FEATURING : Gwen Westerman, Ph.D., Artist, Poet, Historian and Teacher

DATE : Wed. May 19, 2021

TIME: 12 noon – 1:00 pm

TOPIC : "Eliminating the Power of Racial Stereotypes Through Authentic Relationships"

FEATURING : Alexs D. Pate, Author, President/CEO of Innocent Technologies


Registration is now closed.

Community members are encouraged to register for any or all presentations throughout the season.

Conversations of the Valley is a community speaker series (that has been informing and inspiring since 2004) with the purpose of bringing community members together to address issues relevant to the St. Croix Valley region. By talking about issues, discussing them and asking questions, community members gain insights which often lead to meaningful action.

Conversations of the Valley is hosted by the St. Croix Valley Foundation with generous support from First State Bank & Trust.


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