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First Light at Harvard Graduate School of Education

  • Harvard Gutman Conference Center A3 Cambridge, MA (map)

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.