Upcoming Events and Webinars: Stories for Solidarity
During the coronavirus pandemic, we are thinking about how best we can support our community of educators, parents, and students. While we are physically isolated, we also have the potential to create new alliances and solidarity. Throughout the months ahead, we will be offering new ways to engage with our stories and resources, as well as with each other.
Weekly Online Events with Our Storytellers and Authors
We will host live discussions and Q&As with our filmmakers, photographers, and writers. Educators and students can watch our short films in advance and join the discussion.
We hope you can join us for these events. If you have suggestions for future events, please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you and learning with you in these months ahead.
Access Recordings to Past Events
- Nurturing the Heart of Democracy: Educators Parker J. Palmer and Rabbi Dr. Ariel Burger explore questions and themes which center on nurturing the heart of democracy. No matter the outcome of the upcoming election in the U.S., says Parker, we’re going to need to keep working on restoring democracy’s health for a very long time. Drawing from the wisdom of Parker, and Ariel, as well as visionaries including Elie Wiesel, John Lewis, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, we consider the values of generosity, resilience, empathy, community, an appreciation of “otherness”, and leadership in action. How might we teach democracy in our classrooms? Watch the recording.
- Enhancing Our Understanding: Learning and Teaching about Indigenous Cultures, Languages, and Territories. This webinar, with Native Land Digital's executive director Christine McRae, considered tools and methods to learn and teach about Indigenous cultures, languages, and territories. Native Land Digital is an Indigenous-led nonprofit based in Vancouver, British Columbia, dedicated to providing education about Indigenous peoples, territories, and knowledge systems in North America. Their free interactive platform, Native Land, is both a website and an app where you can enter your zip code or town to acknowledge and learn the names of the original Indigenous inhabitants of the land you live on. Guidance on ways to bring Indigenous history and knowledge into teaching in a meaningful way were provided as well as classroom tips, strategies, and educator examples which highlighted specific methods to foster perspective-shifting and empathy into the classroom. Watch the recording.
- Exploring Moral Education Webinar with Parker Palmer and Rabbi Dr. Ariel Burger. This conversation explores the mechanics of moral education. We explore the various levels of moral education at the personal, community, school-wide and societal levels. Watch the recording.
- Community Conversation with Parker Palmer and Rabbi Dr. Ariel Burger—In May of 2019, Rabbi Dr. Ariel Burger sat down with educator and writer Parker J. Palmer for an unscripted conversation. What emerged was a wide-ranging contemplative dialogue that explores the themes of suffering, healing, and joy. This dialogue, "Turning to Face the Dark" has been published on the Global Oneness Project platform. In our seemingly divisive and complex world, what do we do with our suffering? In this webinar, Parker and Ariel explore this question. In conversation, they share their insights and observations at this moment in time in history as well as simple ways in which we can stay engaged with ourselves and the world to work towards wholeness. The conversation also includes a live Q&A. Watch the recording.
- Becoming and Witnessing in These Tumultuous Times with Rabbi Dr. Ariel Burger and Global Oneness Project Executive Director Cleary Vaughan Lee—Join Awakin.org for a unique conversation with Rabbi Ariel Burger and Cleary Vaughan-Lee about the power of being a witness in these tumultuous times. Some questions discussed include: How do stories shape how we witness, and how does witnessing shape the stories we live by? What does it mean to be an active witness, and how can witnessing be a transformative act? What do we need to unravel within ourselves to become a powerful witness? What are we becoming and what are we unbecoming? What wakes us up, and what do we do when we wake up? Watch the recording here.
- Filmmaker Luisa Conlon Discusses We Became Fragments—Luisa shares the inspiration behind her work as a filmmaker and participates in an in-depth Q&A. Luisa's film We Became Fragments, about Syrian teenager Ibraheem Sarhan as he comes of age in Winnipeg, Canada. After losing his mother and four siblings in a bombing that left him injured, Ibraheem and his father make a new life despite the heartbreak of leaving their home behind. Watch the recording.
- Community Storyteller Series with Photographer Jane Baldwin—Jane shares the inspiration behind her work as a photographer and participates in an in-depth Q&A. Jane is a photographer who gives voice to people on the verge of displacement from their ancestral land and loss of cultural identity. Her photo essay "Kara Women Speak" distills ten years of travel in the Omo River Valley photographing and recording stories from the women of Indigenous communities living in southwestern Ethiopia. Watch the recording here.
- Community Storyteller Series with Photographer Camille Seaman—Camille shares the inspiration behind her work as a photographer and participates in an in-depth Q&A. Camille strongly believes in capturing photographs that articulate that humans are not separate from nature. Her photo essays on the Global Oneness Project platform include "Melting Away," which include photographs from a 10-year journey through the polar regions, and "We Are Still Here," which presents portraits of contemporary Native Americans. Camille takes photographs all over the world using digital and film cameras in multiple formats. Her photographs capture the beauty of nature as well as our relationship to the living world. Watch the recording here.
- Community Storyteller Series with Photographer Roberto (Bear) Guerra—Bear shares the inspiration behind his work as a photographer and participates in an in-depth Q&A. Bear's work address globalization, development, and social and environmental justice issues. His Global Oneness Project photo essays "La Carretera: Life and Change Along Peru's Interoceanic Highway" and "A Possible River" explore the relationship between human and natural landscapes and the destructive impacts on people and place caused by the impacts of modernization. Watch the recording here.
- Filmmaker Maris Curran Discusses While I Yet Live—Maris shares the inspiration behind making the film as well as participates in an in-depth Q&A. In the film While I Yet Live, we meet five African American women who are acclaimed quilters and freedom-fighters from Gee's Bend, Alabama. Watch the recording here.
- Document Your Place on the Planet: A Student Photography Contest—In this webinar, we discussed the Global Oneness Project's new student photography contest, Document Your Place on the Planet. Watch on demand.
- Filmmaker Jeremy Seifert discusses The Church Forests of Ethiopia— Watch the recording here.
- Filmmaker Adam Loften Discusses Welcome to Canada— Adam, along with special guest Mohammed Alsaleh, discussed the making of the film and answered questions from educators, families, and students. Watch the recording here.
- Filmmaker Kalyanee Mam Discusses Lost World— In this discussion, Kalyanee shared the importance of home and place in her work and answered questions from educators, families, and students. Watch the recording here.
- "Teaching and Learning from the Heart in Troubled Times"— Our executive director, Cleary Vaughan-Lee and Rabbi Dr. Ariel Burger, author, artist, and former teaching assistant to Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel offered this webinar with Share My Leson. How might we nurture moral courage in ourselves today during a planetary crisis? Watch on demand.
- Filmmaker Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee Discusses Earthrise— Emmanuel discussed the importance of the Earthrise photograph at this time of planetary crisis. Accessible for all ages. Watch the recording here.
- Follow Up Webinar: Learning and Teaching from the Heart in Troubled Times: Continuing the Conversation— This webinar, with Rabbi Dr. Ariel Burger and Cleary Vaughan-Lee, was a follow-up to the Share My Lesson webinar held on March 25, 2020. Watch on demand.