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VPR News: VT Edition: Sherwood Smith & Shirley Boyd Hill on racism in Vermont

VPR News: VT Edition: Sherwood Smith & Shirley Boyd Hill on racism in Vermont.

Hearing from Shirley Boyd-Hill & Sherwood Smith, in 2008, is very informative.  Great way to hear how some people are starting the conversation.  Now that its 2011 are we still having the same conversation?  Do we still hear the same fears and responses that callers presented then?  If yes, how do we move forward?  What have you found helpful in having conversations about race and racism?

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Nijaza Šemić Reads Day of the Pelican on VPR

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Check out this information rich story on VPR about the 2010 Vermont Reads book, The Day of the Pelican by Katherine Paterson.

The VPR story features reading by Nijaza Šemić : community member, mother, wise woman, and Home School Liaison in the Burlington School District and commentary by Rajev Dahal a senior at Burlington High School.

Look out for Katherine Paterson at the 2010 Burlington Book Festival on September 24-26.

And find all four stories from VPR re Day of the Pelican here.  With titles like “Flight: What refugees leave behind when they are forced to leave home”.

Some excerpts:

*The transition to life here is often difficult for refugees. For children, a new life means a new school – one that can be very different from any they have known before. 11-year-old Susma Adhikari is a refugee from Bhutan. She attended school at a refugee camp in Nepal:

(Susma) “In Nepal we have to, in school we have to sit on the floor, mud floor it was kind of dirty, and we had to sit on a mat, here we have our own desks and we have everything we need.  In Nepal we don’t have that much stuff.  There we were really scared from teachers because we had to respect them. It was kind of hard to learn there, but here, everyone is good and nice.”

*(Wertlieb) Filmmaker Mira Niagolova says the Iraqi families she’s observed have also found it difficult to adjust:

(Niagolova) “We have probably about 80 Iraqi families so far and I assume we’ll expect more. In general the Iraqi population is very well educated and they are somehow frustrated because their expectations haven’t been met so far. They want to get back their middle class life that they had in Iraq, but here they’re in a different position. They’re eager to re-establish their middle class life.”

African-American History in Vermont

Check out an interview on Vermont Public Radio with author Elise Guyette today at Noon & 7:00 pm.  She will discuss  her new book “Discovering Black Vermont: African-American Farmers in Hinesburgh, 1790-1890.”

For some background on the book read Mark Bushnell’s (of The Times Argus) article.  “Long-ago black community adds to the history of Vermont”.