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Fall Lecture Series at Washington Library: Then and Now: Conversations with an Enslaved Woman by Cecilia Nadal

September 30 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


Presentation Description: “Then and Now: Conversations with an Enslaved Woman”
History gives us the tools to analyze problems in the past so that there is a better understanding of the present and future. But what happens if someone from the past comes to us in the present to discuss where we are now! Caroline is a former enslaved woman (played by Cecilia Nadal) who comes to us in the present using the wisdom of her past. She readily engages in conversation that probes the “whys” and “why nots” of our relationships with each other then and now. She comes to learn, share her experiences not as an object of history but as a woman wanting to see unity in the world by sharing one on one in a humanistic way. THEN AND NOW: CONVERSATIONS WITH A SLAVE uses history and performance art to create a relationship between the former slave and audience members as observers and participants. Caroline will share her personal story and guide the conversation. Audience members will be invited to have a one-to-one conversation without interruption with Caroline in front of the audience. The questions are whatever the audience member desires based on history and/or the “here and now.”

About the Speaker: Cecilia Nadal, sociologist, educator, producer, and playwright is currently the principal of Cross-Cultural Strategies, a consulting firm that uses multidisciplinary approaches to help organizations build community through diverse engagement. Cecilia is the founder and executive director of two successful companies: Productive Futures, a human resources firm (1984-2007) and Gitana Productions, a nonprofit arts and education organization. (19972019) She also served as assistant professor of human services at St. Louis Community College. (1975-1980) The German abolitionists story moved Cecilia to write the play and organize symposia on the topic inspiring Hermann’s first social Black History Month celebration. (2017-2020)


September 30
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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