The 14TH ANNUAL FREC

OVERCOMING RACISM CONFERENCE:

THE POWER OF TRUTH TELLING
NOVEMBER 11 - 12, 2022

REGISTRATION IS OPEN !

Click here to learn more and register. Seating is limited.

FRIDAY KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Kao Kalia Yang

Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong-American writer, filmmaker, and teacher; she is also a co- founder of ‘Words Wanted,’ a company dedicated to helping immigrants with writing, translating, and business services. Her work is passionate and eloquent as she seeks to deepen the understanding of the human condition in order to garner more compassion in the world.  

Kalia was born in the refugee camps of Thailand to a family that escaped the genocide of the Secret War in Laos. She came to America at the age of six, and her first book, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, reflects upon this move. A review by Publishers Weekly praises Kalia, “Yang tells her family’s story with grace; she narrates their struggles, beautifully weaving in Hmong folklore and culture.”  

  

 

Her memoir, The Song Poet: A Memoir of my Father, won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award, was a finalist for the Dayton’s Literary Peace Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Chautauqua Prize, and the PEN USA Award. Jane Hamilton-Merritt proclaims that Kalia’s writing, “allows us to hear the whispered sorrows and hopes of those transplanted onto foreign soil among strangers.” The Song Poet is the first Hmong story to be adapted into an opera by the Minnesota Opera and will premiere in the spring of 2021. Kalia’s other work includes her children’s books, A Map Into the World and The Shared Room, as well as a ground-breaking collection titled What God is Honored Here?: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss By and For Native Women and Women of Color and a collective memoir about refugee lives, Somewhere in the Unknown World

Kalia’s other work includes her children’s books, A Map Into the World and The Shared Room, as well as a ground-breaking collection titled What God is Honored Here?: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss By and For Native Women and Women of Color and a collective memoir about refugee lives, Somewhere in the Unknown World

When she’s not in front of an audience inspiring social change and awareness, Kalia raises twin sons that keep her and her husband busy at their home in Minneapolis.

SATURDAY KEYNOTE PERFORMANCE

JUSTmove (David Scherer and Joe Davis) are performers, educators, storytellers and trainers who facilitate racial justice and healing through the arts. Their poetry, music, and storytelling helps open up people and organizations to have courageous conversations about race and culture. They have performed everywhere around the country from football stadiums to small nonprofits, bringing the same message of hope and healing wherever they go. You can find out more about their work at www.justmoveculture.com.

JUSTmove

Joe and Dave use music, poetry, and storytelling to inspire people into deeper conversations about race and culture.

CONFERENCE DATES AND TIME:

Friday November 11th, 8 am – 4:30 pm

&

Saturday November 12th, 9 am – 3:30 pm

Two Day Access

Attend both November 11th & 12th.

Includes morning plenary sessions and two afternoon workshops each day: 

Regular Admission: $250

Early Bird: $190 (must register before October 9th)
Student: $75

 

One Day Access

Attend only one day. Either November 11th or 12th.

Includes one morning plenary session and two afternoon workshops for the day chosen: 

Regular admission: $160

Early Bird: $132 (must register before October 9th)
Student: $50
 

LIVESTREAM OPTIONS

Live stream options are available for non profits, businesses, schools and other larger communities that would like to view the morning plenary sessions. 

Please contact us for further information.  

Scholarship Options