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Tue, Mar 26 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Geneva History Museum
543 South Main Street, Geneva, NY

The first program in the Historic Geneva Spring 2024 Program Series will be a Community Conversation on Race, History and Representation developed by Humanities New York. It will be held on Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at the Geneva History Museum and is free and open to the public.

The Community Conversations developed by Humanities New York are text-based discussions led by a local facilitator. The conversation focuses on a text that tackles an important aspect of American life and encourages community dialogue. The “Race, History and Representation” discussion will explore how memory and culture can influence our understanding of race in American society through a conversation about the poem “Southern History” by former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. In this piece from her Pulitzer Prize-winning collection Native Guard, Trethewey examines the impact of teaching distorted views of history. The Geneva conversation will be facilitated by Geneva High School English teacher Brandi Taylor. No preparation is required for the program. Copies of the poem will be available the night of the event. You will also find it online here.

Brandi Taylor is a devoted educator at Geneva High School, holding a New York State teacher certification in English Language Arts. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Africana Studies and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. With a strong foundation in community activism and education, Brandi brings a wealth of experience and fervor for empowerment, education, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to the Historic Geneva program.

The Spring Program Series is presented in conjunction with the current Historic Geneva exhibit, Lift Every Voice: Geneva’s Black Community Since 1966, open at the Museum through April 13.

“Race, History and Representation” is sponsored by Humanities New York. The spring program series is supported in part by the Samuel B. Williams fund for programs in the Humanities and is free and open to the public.