VOICE: Online conversations with Black and Indigenous writers

Many American newsrooms, powerful gatekeepers of information, do not reflect the diverse communities of our country. What to report and how to report it has been decided by mostly white reporters and editors for their target white audiences, essentially rendering communities of color invisible. What does it take to be seen and heard as a person of color in American media and literature? These award-winning authors and journalists will talk about how to tell the truth in a system dominated by the status quo and how that structure can and must change, one word at a time.

Join us at 6pm PT for three online conversations about what it takes to be seen and heard in America today.

September 30: Walter Middlebrook, Foster Professor of Practice at Penn State, talks with Theodore Van Alst, Jr., PhD, (Sacred Smokes) about experiences of Black and Indigenous writers — what it takes to “make it” and why is it so damn hard to get people to listen.

October 14: Kevin Abourezk, Rosebud Sioux, Managing Editor, Indianz.com, will facilitate.  

October 21: Megan Tusler, PhD, Osage Nation, University of Chicago English Literature professor talks with Julian Brave Noisecat, Secwepemc/St'at'imc, Journalist.

As part of Underscore’s commitment to amplify voices that are underrepresented in mainstream media, VOICE will explore whose voice is heard, whose isn't and why writers of color are often sidelined in media and literature.

Click here to watch the conversations.

This project supported in part by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and the Leadings Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.


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