Workshop To Explore Identity Beyond The Body

DARTMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announced two special half-day workshops to explore the social dynamics of relating to an individual's identity without the benefit of cues associated with a person's physical appearance. This unique workshop series entitled, "When Race Doesn't Speak: Renegotiating Identity Beyond the Body," will be presented initially in Vineyard Haven on Saturday, April 17, and then again on Saturday, April 24 at the UMass Dartmouth main campus.

DARTMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announced two special half-day workshops to explore the social dynamics of relating to an individual’s identity without the benefit of cues associated with a person’s physical appearance. This unique workshop series entitled, “When Race Doesn’t Speak: Renegotiating Identity Beyond the Body,” will be presented initially in Vineyard Haven on Saturday, April 17, and then again on Saturday, April 24 at the UMass Dartmouth main campus. 

On April 17th the workshop is scheduled from 9 a.m. until noon in the Fanny W. Blair Hall located on the campus of the Nathan Mayhew Seminars located at Greenwood Avenue and North William Street, across from the Vineyard Haven Public Library. The April 24th seminar is scheduled from 9 a.m. until noon in room 101 of the Dion building located on the main campus of UMass Dartmouth. Parking on campus is available in lot 17. 

These workshops are sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Division of Professional and Continuing Education. Dr. Lorna Andrade of Edgartown is the island coordinator for UMass Dartmouth. 

Seminar facilitator Ms. Jackie Grey, said, “The program will be organized around a documentary film on mixed-heritage Native Americans. The documentary features interviews with a number of native people, including members of the Wampanoag, Narragansett and Pequot tribes in southern New England.” 

Workshop participants will view the documentary and then will consider the social complexities of relating to ethnic identity in ways that are not determined by physical appearance. The film entitled, “Black Indians: An American Story,” was produced in 2000 by Native Americans Steven R. Heape and Chip Richie of Dallas, Texas. 

“Designed to be interactive, the workshops will challenge participants to look at social relations differently,” said Ms. Grey. “The idea is to disengage the primacy of ‘race’ in determining who we are and how we perceive people. This is not just about Native Americans, but reaches across a full spectrum of identities. Everyone is touched by this topic,” she added. 

Ms. Grey is a Ph.D. candidate in social/cultural anthropology at Columbia University. Her research over the past four years has focused on Wampanoag people in Massachusetts. 

Anyone interested in attending the workshops is asked to register in advance by calling Nathan Mayhew Seminars at 508-693-7572. Registration also can be made by calling Ms.Grey at 508-645-2330, or Dr. Andrade at 508-627-9074. 

Admission to each seminar is $10 per person. Checks should be made payable to UMass Dartmouth and can be mailed to PO Box 1399, Edgartown, MA 02539. 


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