MnWE News Spring Conference Issue
MnWE 2022–April 7-8 on Zoom and at MHC
“Changing the Narrative: Empowering Stories”
In this issue:
MnWE 2022: TH.-FRI., APR. 7-8,
AT MN HUMANITIES CENTER & ON ZOOM
2. THURS. PLENARY:
MEANT TO RISE: VOICES FOR JUSTICE
FRI. PLENARY: “CHANGING THE NARRATIVE THROUGH GENERATIONAL
4. OTHER CONFERENCE EVENTS THURSDAY-FRIDAY
5. Equity/Diversity Literary Resources
(in each issue)
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MnWE 2022: THURS.-FRI., APRIL 7-8, AT MINNESOTA HUMANITIES CENTER
MnWE is very pleased to offer its first in-person conference
since 2019. The advantage now in 2022 is that if you prefer to attend
the conference online, you can do so in that format, too. We are
making plans to offer each plenary and breakout and most other events
simultaneously on Zoom and in our physical meetings.
What are the meeting spaces? They are some of the nicest for a
conference like ours in the Twin Cities: the Minnesota Humanities
Center, pictured at
MHC rooms are well ventilated and are cleaned daily. The MnWE
Conference requires everyone attending in person to have been
vaccinated and boosted and to bring proof to show at the door. We also
invite anyone who wants to join us by Zoom to do so from any location
near or far. Some attendees take part in our conference from other
states and countries near and far.
Both of the lunches (included in registration) and the Thursday
evening dinner (optional for extra fee) will be in MHC’s well
ventilated central hall, and attendees may take their food elsewhere
in or outside the building or bring their
food. We respect everyone’s need for safety and comfort. People are
expected to remain masked except when presenting or eating.
MHC also has several very clean,
in-house hotel rooms
available. They may go fast! Contact MHC directly for rates and
availability per night.
Join us for MnWE’s highly praised events: roundtable discussions,
two luncheon plenaries by experts in their fields. Register online
anytime. You may do so before the final week to receive a reduced rate.
(Adjuncts and students: register at lower rates.)
2. THURS. PLENARY:
MEANT TO RISE: VOICES FOR JUSTICE
Sponsored by Minnesota Humanities
you believe stories frame identities, infuse the texts we explore, and
inspire our students' and our own writing? Join Kevin Lindsey, CEO of
MHC as he hosts a conversation with Carolyn Holbrook and David Mura
about their new anthology, We Are Meant to Rise: Voices for Justice
from Minneapolis to the World.
This brilliant and rich gathering of voices on the American
experience of this past year and beyond, from Indigenous writers and
writers of color from Minnesota, not only provides valued witness to
our present but also speaks to our collective future. This collection
of stories is an ideal lens to focus pressing themes central to this
year’s conference. Their conversation will include how dominant
cultural narratives about race, gender, or class impact teaching and
relationships with students, how educators navigate these dominant
narratives, and how educators may question and resist persistent
cultural narratives that reproduce inequality in the classroom.
“For readers, this anthology of Minnesota writers of color and
Indigenous writers will serve many things. A presentation of the
growing diversity of Minnesota and of the many voices great within us.
A series of lens on the American experience. A bouquet of wordsmiths
and thinkers, memorialists and novelists, poets and activists.” ~
Don’t miss this conversation between Kevin, Carolyn, and
David. It will be an engaging and thought- provoking opening to the
FRI. PLENARY: CHANGING THE NARRATIVE THROUGH GENERATIONAL LENSES
Sponsored by Strive
There is power in elevating everyday stories from the Black community
to effect change and challenge the way we relate to one another across
cultures and identities. Join in this community panel discussion with
Mary Taris, Donna Gingery, Gregory Pickett, and Anthony Walsh. Listen
to their stories told in their own ways, representing lived
experiences across the Baby Boomers, Generation X, and the Millennial
Just showing up for a panel discussion creates space to
connect, break down stereotypes, and share important life lessons,
values, and hope for Generation Z, Generation Alpha, and generations
to come. This is an opportunity to bring education, culture, and
community together in an atmosphere of learning and acceptance, where
we can be our authentic selves and face the challenges of educating
the next generations in a way that honors each student’s full
– “The best contribution Strive Publishing can make in the
children’s book publishing industry is to focus on African American
authors.” — K. T. Horning, Cooperative Children's Book Center,
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Profiles of Friday Plenary Panelists
4. OTHER CONFERENCE EVENTS THURSDAY-FRIDAY
The Minnesota Humanities Center is located in the
southwest corner of St. Paul’s beautiful Phalen Regional Park. The Park
includes two bodies of water, Lake Phalen and Round Lake, with walking
paths around each–great spring strolls on a nice day. Weather permitting,
on Thursday afternoon MnWE will offer a tour of the Park’s
St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden of Whispering Willows and
In addition, on Thursday our usual 1st-night MnWE Dinner will be held at the Conference Center instead of at
a restaurant as in the past. This change is for the health and convenience
of those who want to join us for an evening meal and conversation in HMC’s
well-ventilated main hall. Vaccinations, boosters, and masks (except when
eating) will continue to be expected, as during the day. Please place
your additional order and payment for the Thursday evening dinner ten days
before the conference, if possible, so we can make an estimate of how much
food to purchase. On Friday evening, we’ll have a casual, order-in pizza
supper at MHC from a nearby restaurant, no pre-registration needed, with
payment when we order.
The Minnesota Humanities Center is close to freeways I-35W, I-94,
and Mn-36. If you’re looking for St. Paul urban adventures, the Hmong
Village Shopping Center is close by, as is downtown St. Paul with its many
great restaurants and shops. We hope you’ll join us for another unusually
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Equity Literary Resources
diversity books might you or your students read? Suggestions are welcome.
Email Richard at Jewell dot net.
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