As you probably know by now, we hope that you have had a chance to visit the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit at ECHO.  If not, you still have a couple of weeks as it closes on January 27.  There are a few more related events coming up that we hope you will consider attending, especially the MLK Day celebration on January 21 featuring our own Edmunds Elementary School Chorus.  You can also visit http://www. for more information.

If you need help with the cost of admissions or transportation to these events, please contact Signe Daly at

In December, we had our own conversation with Denise Dunbar on how to talk to kids about race.  That was followed by our annual school event of Reading to End Racism.  We hope to hear from more of you about how you would like to take these important conversations about race and diversity further for our community.  Please contact Signe Daly at with your suggestions.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely, Peggy O’Neill Vivanco and Signe Daly

Please see below for Community Events at ECHO for the next couple of weeks:

ECHO AfterDark-Café Scientifique, Thursday, January 10, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Suggested $5 donation at the door. The topic for this evening event, for the 21+ crowd, will be the Scientific Construction of Race. On hand will be Dr. Michael Lange, associate professor in the Core Division at Champlain College and Dr. John Burke, professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Vermont. Both speakers will engage ECHO guests in a conversation about the evolution of race and what scientists are saying about it.

Community Conversation Series, Saturday, January 12, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. $2 admission ALL DAY to ECHO. This is the fourth and final Community Conversation Saturday, each with a full day of programs related to a different theme. The final theme will be around Race and Identity. This day will include a Workshop: Talking about Race with Your Family by Dr. Denise Dunbar; a performance by A2VT, an Africa to Vermont hip hop trio; a panel discussion on Asian American Identity; plus a very special pre-screening of two ECHO-produced Indigenous Expression Films followed by a panel discussion on Native American Identity and Culture. Check out the attached invitation and share it with your friends!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, Monday, January 21, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. $2 admission ALL DAY to ECHO. A community-wide celebration will take place at ECHO with family-friendly programming celebrating Dr. King’s legacy. Events include an exhibit walk through and discussion with the We All Belong Americorps team, presentation of the “I Have A Dream” musical by the Edmunds Elementary School Chorus, and a Cultural Diversity Puppet Show by Puppets in Education.


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