Circle 2013

Home Circle 2013

OUR STORIES, OUR SELVES “Courageous Conversations with Empathy & Compassion”

Location: Stanley British Primary School, 350 Quebec St, Denver, CO 80230

Featured Speakers:    
Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.
Dr. Brenda J. Allen
Effley N. Brooks III, MBA
Dr. Ramon Del Castillo
Jeannine Carter

Sponsoring Organizations and schools:    
Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.
Dr. Brenda J Allen
Dr. F. C. “Chuck” Luna
David Atekpatzin Young
Adrienne Mansanares
Bill de la Cruz
Dr. Cheryl Matias
Daniel Escalante
Jamie Utt

Keynote: Dr. Cornel West

Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is a Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. Cornel West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has written 20 books and has edited 13. He is best known for his classics Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. He appears frequently on the Bill Maher Show, Colbert Report, CNN and C-Span as well as on his dear Brother, Tavis Smiley’s PBS TV Show. He is also co-host of the popular radio show “Smiley & West” heard on PRI around the country. The co-hosts have recently co-authored the book titled The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto. The new book is a game-changing text on economic injustice in America.

He made his film debut in the Matrix – and was the commentator (with Ken Wilbur) on the official trilogy released in 2004. He also has appeared in over 25 documentaries and films including Examined Life, Call & Response, Sidewalk and Stand.

Last, he has made three spoken word albums including Never Forget, collaborating with Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-One and the late Gerald Levert. His spoken word interludes were featured on Terence Blanchard’s Choices (which won the Grand Prix in France for the best Jazz Album of the year of 2009), The Cornel West Theory’s Second Rome, Raheem DeVaughn’s Grammy-nominated Love & War: Masterpeace, and most recently on Bootsy Collins’ The Funk Capital of the World. In short, Cornel West has a passion to communicate to a vast variety of publics in order to keep alive the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. – a legacy of telling the truth and bearing witness to love and justice.

Closing Keynote: Dr. Brenda J. Allen

Writing the next Chapter; Taking Steps for Change

This interactive closing session will inspire attendees to specify how they will actualize their learnings from the day. Dr. Allen will guide participants through a series of exercises to develop feasible commitments and goals to create and sustain inclusiveness and culturally relevant practices within various contexts. This closing session will be an opportunity for CIRCLE participants to take the first step towards commitment to self, school/ organization and community.

Brenda J. Allen (Ph.D., Howard University) is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Colorado Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus. She also is a Professor of Communication and she serves as Master Mentor of the Tenure Track Faculty Mentoring Program at the university. Her research and teaching areas are organizational communication, diversity, and critical pedagogy. Among her numerous publications is a groundbreaking book entitled Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity. She presents keynote speeches and conducts workshops and consultations on a range of topics, including self-empowerment, diversity, strategic planning, presentational speaking, and teamwork.

Schedule: Dr. Brenda J. Allen

7:45- 8:25 AM Registration
8:30 – 8:40 AM Opening Ceremonies
8:40-8:50 AM Welcoming speakers
8:50- 9:50 AM Dr. Cornel West ~ Keynote Speaker - VISION
9:50-10:20 AM Audience Q & A
10:30-11:45 AM AM Workshops - DIALOGUE
12:00-01:00 AM Lunch
10:30-11:45 PM Facilitated Reflective Circles – DIALOGUE & ACTION
1:15-2:15 PM Workshops - DIALOGUE
2:30 – 3:45 PM Workshops - DIALOGUE
4:00 -4:40 PM Dr. Brenda J. Allen ~ Ending Keynote & Facilitation towards ACTION
4:40 – 5:00 PM Closing Celebration

Thank you to our Partners!