Community Book Connection offers free online events

Apr 04, 2021

Enjoy free, informative and engaging online events sponsored by the CCBC Community Book Connection throughout the coming weeks. All events are free and open to the public.

For information on future events related to the CBC book selection for 2020-2021, The Truth about Stories: A Native Narrative by Thomas King, visit

Connecting to Storytelling through African American and Korean Traditions
Thursday, March 25, 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sharing stories from and about their families, Professor Precious Stone will connect griot traditions in West Africa to African American storytelling; Professor Vicki Hong Smith will introduce Pansori, single-vocalist Korean epic storytelling. 

Contact: Precious Stone, or Vicki Hong Smith, 

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Meeting ID: 840 1933 0774
Passcode: UvX5Y3

Indigenous Perspectives on Environmental Justice
Friday, April 9, 12:20 p.m.
Author Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) will discuss her research from her book As Long as the Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock. She is the policy director and a senior research associate at the Center for World Indigenous Studies and teaches at California State University, San Marcos.

Contact: Cristina Cardona,
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Meeting ID: 819 0427 7383
Passcode: PBK9b2

Telling Our World into Being: A Student Storytelling Experience
Wednesday, April 14, 10-11 a.m.
In The Truth about Stories, Thomas King draws from Native tradition to offer a connected view of the world, where collaboration and cooperation are fundamental. Students will share stories about creating the world that they are making possible by “telling it into being.” 

Contact: Dr. Jamey Gallagher,
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Meeting ID: 826 2220 6797
Passcode: Being

U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo: Living Nations, Living Words
Thursday, April 15, 12:45-2:05 p.m.
Join US. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo as she reads from her work and discusses her signature project, "Living Nations, Living Words,”  featuring work by 47 Native Nations poets through an interactive ArcGIS Story Map and audio collection. Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, currently serving her second term as the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States. Co-hosted by the Creative Writing Forum and Community Book Connection.

Contact: Carr Kizzier,
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Meeting ID: 827 9065 5779
Password: USPoets

Ashley Minner (Lumbee): Stories of East Baltimore’s “Reservation”
Friday, April 16, 11:15 a.m.
Following WWII, thousands of Lumbee Indians moved from their tribal homeland in North Carolina to the Baltimore neighborhoods of Upper Fells Point and Washington Hill. Today, only two active American Indian community-owned sites remain. Community-based visual artist, UMBC professor, and folklorist Ashley Minner (Lumbee) will discuss her process of mapping and reconstructing East Baltimore’s “reservation.”

Contact: Prof. Lauren Pollak,
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Meeting ID: 885 2184 9141
Passcode: Baltimore

Panel Discussion and Workshop: The Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative
Tuesday, April 20, 11:10 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Join us for a moderated discussion and training on sustainable peacemaking practices with Hon. Connors, Judge, Washtenaw (MI) County Court, Hon. Demmert-Fairbanks (Tlingit-Tsimpshian), Tribal appellate justice and peacemaker; Hon. Robert Yazzie (Diné), and Brett Shelton (Oglala Lakota) Native American Rights Fund.

Contact: Kim Jensen,
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Meeting ID: 981 3798 1677
Passcode: write!

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