2018 Conference / Convention:
Liberty Con – Embracing Equity in a Global Society
March 8-11, 2018
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Visit the New York State Council for Social Studies website for information on Thursday, March 8 proceedings.
Friday, March 9, 2018
Student program – Symbols of Hate, Power and Prejudice
10:00am-2:00pm – Cultural Education Center Student Hall – 222 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12230
This student centered program, designed for high school student groups accompanied by their teachers, will take participants through an engaging, enlightening interactive process of analysis, reflection, and application of the power of language as a tool for equity and social justice. Students will create a product that reflects their learning, such as a poem, a rap, visual art, that will speak truth to power and that will be made available to the public as an educational tool and celebration of the students’ work.
Details are available from Ms. Julia Holcomb at email@example.com. Ms. Holcomb has taught Social Studies at Schenectady High School for over 25 years and is a volunteer member of the Underground Railroad History Project Conference Planning Committee.
Parking is available at daytime rates in the CEC parking lot east of the complex and accessed from Madison Avenue. Rates are $10 before 10am, $5 after 10am. Paid parking is also available on the street.
Opening Address – Gather at the Table — Sharon Morgan and Tom DeWolf
7:00pm-8:30pm – Huxley Theater in the Cultural Education Center – 222 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12230
While many voices identify the problems that are an outgrowth of the legacy of the institution of slavery, responses grounded in experience offer hope that reconciliation and healing are possible in a nation rife with conflict, division, and racism.
Winners of the Phillis Wheatley Book Award for Nonfiction/Biography & Memoir, Sharon Morgan and Tom DeWolf share their experience of seeking reconciliation and healing, and what they look to for the future.
“Together, Tom and Sharon allow us to be spectators of their story—witnesses to their discomfort, humiliation, and fear—in order to educate us and thus contribute to healing a nation in the throes of racial upheaval.”
— Joy Angela DeGruy, Ph.D., author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome
“Gather at the Table is an honest exploration into the deep social wounds left by racism, violence and injustice, as the authors work through their own prejudices in search of reconciliation — and ultimately find friendship.”
— Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate
Parking is available without charge after 5pm in the CEC parking lot east of the complex and accessed from Madison Avenue. Street parking is also available without charge after 6pm.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Saturday conference participants are encouraged to come in 19th century period attire
Registration, Welcome, Workshops, Round Tables, Vendors, Exhibitors, Refreshment Concessions – 8:00am-5:00pm – Albany Capital Center – 55 Eagle Street, Albany, NY 12207.
- 8:00am – 9:00am – Registration
- 9:00am – 9:20am – Welcome
- 9:30am-10:30am – Round Tables
- 10:45am-11:45am – Workshops
- 12:00pm-1:30pm – Lunch with transport to downtown Albany restaurants donated by CDTA
- 2:00pm 3:00pm – Workshops
- 3:30pm-4:30pm – Round Tables
- 4:45pm-5:00pm – Closing with Litany of Remembrance
Parking is available in the Albany Capital Center parking garage accessed from Wendell Street. Daily rates of $8 apply. Parking is available without charge on the street.
Art Exhibit and Reception – 5:30pm-7pm – Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center – 25 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY 12207.
Be impressed and inspired by the work of local artists’ which will be on display and available for purchase. Raffle prizes will be drawn. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be available for your enjoyment.
Transportation will be donated by CDTA to and from the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center. For those who would like to drive, parking is available at no charge in the NYS parking lot behind the Visitors Center and accessed from Spencer Street.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Open House – 1:00pm-5:00pm – The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence – 194 Livingston Avenue, Albany, NY 12210.
Experience history! Enjoy tours of The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence and Myers Residence Campus, view two new exhibits – Dr. Thomas Elkins: a Man Before His Time, and Underground Above Ground: New Found Treasures, enjoy conversation, refreshments, and period appropriate toys for the young at heart. Take home memorable items from the Gift Shoppe.
Parking is without charge on Livingston Avenue and on Third Street.