First Light at National Council for Social Studies Conference
Nov
18
9:15 AM09:15

First Light at National Council for Social Studies Conference

  • Room: 3000, Moscone Center West (map)
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Workshop #182: A Time for Truth: Unprecedented Commission Confronts Genocide in U.S.

Unprecedented truth and reconciliation commission on forced removal of Native children is explored in documentary and teaching resources. Discover how to teach about genocide in U.S. Free film and curriculum.

Presenters: Mishy Lesser, Upstander Project, Boston, MA; Dina Gilio-Whitaker, co-author of All the Real Indians Died Off, Center for World Indigenous Studies, Olympia, WA

Room: 3000, Moscone Center West, 800 Howard St., San Francisco

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First Light screening at Peace & Justice Studies Association Conference
Oct
26
4:00 PM16:00

First Light screening at Peace & Justice Studies Association Conference

  • University of Alabama Birmingham, Hill Student Center Alumni Hall (map)
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 "First Light" (Mishy Lesser, Upstander Project; Adam Mazo, First Light director/producer), "For centuries, the United States government has taken Native American children away from their tribes, devastating parents and denying children their traditions, culture, and identity. First Light tells the story of a historic truth and reconciliation commission investigating this hidden history and contemporary crisis." (HSC Alumni Theater)

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Oct
20
12:45 PM12:45

First Light at Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies Conference

An unprecedented truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) focused on removal and forced assimilation of Wabanaki children in Maine is explored in a new documentary and teaching resources. TRC’s final report frames Native child removal as evidence of racism in state institutions and highlights ongoing impact of historical trauma on Wabanaki people. It attributes these conditions to continued cultural genocide dating back centuries. Discover how to teach this story. Participants will get free film and curriculum.

Presenters: Mishy Lesser and Adam Mazo

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Origins of cultural genocide and white supremacy in New England
Oct
12
12:00 PM12:00

Origins of cultural genocide and white supremacy in New England

Part 2 of the Center's "Rights in Conflict" luncheon series this fall.

Dr. Mishy Lesser of the Upstander Project will present and have a conversation with attendees on this topic.

A 13-minute documentary, First Light will first be screened about the truth and reconciliation commission in Maine between the Wabanaki people and the state's child welfare agency over the removal and forced assimilation of Wabanaki children.  Then Dr. Lesser will then explore two historical documents (Treaty of Hartford of 1638 and Phips Bounty Proclamation of 1755) as to demonstrate the case for cultural genocide, which continues today, as per a 2015 finding of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  Dr. Lesser will make connections between the taking of the land that began with the arrival of European colonial settlers in the 1600s and this cultural genocide which persists. 

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First Light screening at National Indian Education Association Convention
Oct
6
4:00 PM16:00

First Light screening at National Indian Education Association Convention

How do communities heal from centuries of dispossession, racism, and persecution? We will screen a documentary, FIRST LIGHT, about the Maine Wabanaki Truth & Reconciliation Commission and removal and forced assimilation of Native children. The film contains powerful testimony from adults who were taken and state officials who took them. After viewing we will explore how to teach this rich historical content while promoting critical thinking.

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First Light at National Council for the Social Studies Conference
Dec
2
10:00 AM10:00

First Light at National Council for the Social Studies Conference

  • Walter E. Washington Convention Center (Room 145B) (map)
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Examining a Historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the U.S.: Can Teachers Change Attitudes and Discourse about Native Peoples?

Discover how to teach the story of the unprecedented Truth and Reconciliation Commission on forced removal of Native children with a new documentary and its teaching resources, including a free film and curriculum.

Presenters: 

Mishy Lesser, Upstander Project, Watertown, MA; Adam Mazo, Upstander Project, Boston, MA

(Room 145B)

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First Light at the National Council for the Social Studies Conference
Dec
1
2:00 PM14:00

First Light at the National Council for the Social Studies Conference

  • Walter E. Washington Convention Center (Room 149B) (map)
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(Registration Required)

Cultural Genocide against Native Peoples in the U.S.: Findings from a Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Unprecedented truth and reconciliation commission on forced removal of Native children explored in film and related curricula. Was it cultural genocide? Learn to teach this story. Free film and curriculum.
Fee: $20 for members, $35 for nonmembers

Presenters: 

Mishy Lesser, Upstander Project, Watertown, MA; Adam Mazo, Upstander Project, Boston, MA; Nikki Ulrich, Close Up Foundation, Alexandria, VA; S.D. Nelson, author and illustrator, member of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

For more information on our Friday, December 2nd workshop visit here: http://www.socialstudies.org/conference/session/examining-historic-truth-and-reconciliation-commission-us-can-teachers-change

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First Light at Harvard Graduate School of Education
Oct
17
12:00 PM12:00

First Light at Harvard Graduate School of Education

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The View from the Boat and the View from the Shore: Native peoples and Truth and Reconciliation in New England

During this interactive presentation by the founders of Upstander Project, Dr. Mishy Lesser and Mr. Adam Mazo, participants will watch First Light and discuss the relationship between dispossession of Native land and the forced removal of Native children, and the lessons learned from the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Participants will also examine Upstander Project’s online resources about Indian Boarding Schools and forced assimilation of Native children, and discuss how they might adapt them to the classroom. 

Open to the public

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Upstander Project at the New England Regional Council for the Social Studies Conference
Apr
4
8:30 AM08:30

Upstander Project at the New England Regional Council for the Social Studies Conference

(Registration required) Can Social Studies Teachers Help Change the Narrative about Native Peoples in New England?

This session uses original documentary film and learning resources designed with and for teachers to explore the historical context of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which recently concluded two years of research documenting the forced removal of Wabanaki children from their families and tribes. The TRC’s final report frames this practice of forced assimilation as evidence of cultural genocide.

Presenters: Dr. Mishy Lesser and Adam Mazo, Upstander Project, Jacob Skrzypiec, Manchester High School, CT and Jennifer McMunn, Manchester Middle School, Storrs, CT

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Can Teachers Change the Narrative around Native peoples in the U.S.?
Apr
1
8:45 AM08:45

Can Teachers Change the Narrative around Native peoples in the U.S.?

(Registration Required)

This session is part of the New York State Council for the Social Studies' 78th Annual Convention. 

This session uses compelling documentary and related learning resources to explore the historical context of Maine’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which focused on forcible removal of Wabanaki children by the state. The TRC’s final report frames child removal as evidence of ongoing cultural genocide. After screening First Light, we use primary sources to apply the inquiry process as we explore genocide in United States. Participants learn about Listening Circles and interrogate testimony from those featured in the film. Join a community of teachers who are using human rights and genocide education to strengthen the social emotional competencies of their students. 

Presenters: Dr. Mishy Lesser and Adam Mazo, Upstander Project

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First Light at Harvard Graduate School of Education
Jan
29
12:00 PM12:00

First Light at Harvard Graduate School of Education

  • Harvard Gutman Conference Center A3 (map)
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Upstander Project helps bystanders become upstanders through compelling documentary films and related learning resources.UP shines a spotlight on unexamined social history to challenge indifference to injustice, develop the skills of upstanders, and contribute to action-oriented campaigns.

The second film, First Light, exposes how generations of Native children have been forcibly removed from their families and culture, and asks: How does a culture survive the taking of its children? First Light is anchored by the feature film, Dawnland, which tells the story of the historic Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the first of its kind in the United States. Dawnland will be released in early 2017.

During this interactive presentation by the founders of Upstander Project, Dr. Mishy Lesser and Mr. Adam Mazo, participants will watch First Light and discuss the relationship between dispossession of Native land and the forced removal of Native children.

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First Light at the National Council for Social Studies Conference
Nov
15
8:00 AM08:00

First Light at the National Council for Social Studies Conference

Can Teachers Change the Narrative around Native Americans?

Registration required

A historic truth and reconciliation commission on forced removal of Native American children is explored in a new documentary. Learn how to teach this story. Free film and curriculum.

Presenters: 
Mishy Lesser, Upstander Project, Boston, MA; Adam Mazo, Upstander Project, Boston, MA

 

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