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The Black Experience in the Adirondacks

Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake is collaborating with The Adirondack Diversity Initiative (ADI) and The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) to present a series of powerful, online programs focusing on The Black Experience in the Adirondacks.  The first four programs in the series will take place in July. Announcements about additional programs will be made in the near future.

These evening programs require a registration in advance to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

All programs will begin at 6:00 pm EDT.

A protestor in Saranac Lake on June 2, 2020

Thursday, July 2 at 6:00 pm

What is the Adirondack Diversity Initiative?

Dr. Donathan Brown will interview ADI’s first Executive Director, Nicole Hylton-Patterson, about the organization’s mission and goals and how the killing of George Floyd has had an impact on ADI’s agenda.

Presenters:

  • Dr. Donathan Brown is Assistant Provost and Assistant Vice President for Faculty Diversity and Recruitment at Rochester Institute of Technology and Co-Founder of Adirondack Diversity Solutions.
  • Nicole Hylton-Patterson is the inaugural Executive Director of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative.

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Thursday, July 9 at 6:00 pm

Who Are the White Community Leaders Who Organized the Adirondack Diversity Initiative – and Why?

Moderator Kim Irland will interview the four founding members of the ADI on their motivations for creating, what had until recently been an all-volunteer organization.  What was happening in the Adirondacks – and the nation – that made the creation of ADI a necessity? What is the members’ role now that the organization has an Executive Director?

Presenters:

  • Kim Irland is Dean of Student Life and Diversity Officer at North Country Community College.
  • Paul Hai is Associate Director at SUNY ESF’s Newcomb Campus.
  • Willie Janeway is Executive Director of the Adirondack Council.
  • Pete Nelson is a writer and teaches at North Country Community College.
  • Martha Swan is Executive Director of John Brown Lives!

* Registration for this program will open shortly. 

Thursday, July 23 at 6:00 pm

Driving While Black, PART I

ADI Executive Director Nicole Hylton-Patterson will interview Dr. Gretchen Sorin about her new book, Driving While Black (2020). A feature-length documentary on this subject created by Dr. Sorin and Rick Burns will air on PBS later this year.

Presenters:

  • Nicole Hylton-Patterson is the inaugural Executive Director of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative.
  • Dr. Gretchen Sorin is the Director of the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies.

* Registration for this program will open shortly. 

Thursday, July 30 at 6:00 pm

Driving While Black, PART II

Clifton H. Harcum, diversity officer at SUNY Potsdam, will moderate a panel discussion with several Black and African American people from the region on their experiences with the New York State Police while driving through the Adirondacks.  The moderator, Clifton H. Harcum, will open the discussion by considering his own experiences of being stopped numerous times before, between November 2019 and June 2020 while driving from his home in Saranac Lake to SUNY Potsdam.

 

* Registration for this program will open shortly. 

This series is part of a larger ADI antiracism education and mobilization initiative that includes an Antiracism 101 web series, workshops, town hall meetings with elected officials, and public policy mobilization. For more information on these programs please visit: www.diversityadk.org.