Do we make our history, or does our history make us? How do we learn who and where we came from? How do we remember the stories of those who came before us? Who do we tell them to? Who do we keep them from? When do we try to forget them? What happens if we do? Join us for a conversation about how war, migration, escape, alliance, family, memory, myth, erasure, fate, and faith shape our lives and how we see our lives, and what we do and don’t tell about what we’ve lived, lost, and remembered.
Join us as Providence Public Library Program & Exhibitions Director/Trinity Rep Conversationalist-in-Residence Christina Bevilacqua moderates a discussion with:
- Marco McWilliams, Program Coordinator, Swearer Center, Brown University, educator and public scholar of African American history
- Maiya Gamble Rivers, Manager of Programs and Outreach for the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Brown University
- Lt. Col. Mathies J. Santos, USAF, Ret, Associate Chief, Patient Services, Providence Veterans Administration Medical Center
- Chanda Womack, Founding Executive Director of ARISE (Alliance of RI Southeast Asians for Education)
- and Sophia Academy students Josephine Cook and Idowu Demola
- artist Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, poet Sussy Santana
- Teen Ambassador Ajula Van Ness-Otunnu
…and others about women defying expectations, flouting conventions, entertaining possibilities, indulging desires, laughing wantonly, and daring to improvise.