Unfortunately Regine Jackson, our esteemed speaker designated for tomorrow night, is ill and will not be able to speak to the Tavern this week. Please watch this space for more information about when it will be rescheduled.
Half way through the Social Science Tavern’s Spring 2015 series on Race in the US, there are two updates for the remaining four meetings.
Dr. Regine Jackson’s talk,Race, Residential Patterns, and Inequality in Metro Atlanta, has been moved ahead one day to Wednesday April 15. The series finale, Dr. Sheff’s talk on How to be an Effective Ally: Using White Privilege Against Racism, has also moved ahead one day to May 22.
April 15, Race, Residential Patterns, and Inequality in Metro Atlanta
• Regine Jackson
April 30, The Psychology of Race and the Impact of the Truth and Reconciliation Process
• Trina Brown
May 4, Mixed Race Lesbian Step Parenting
• Katie Acosta
May 22, How to be an Effective Ally: Using White Privilege Against Racism
• Elisabeth Sheff
All meetings happen in the Eagle’s Nest at Manuel’s Tavern at North and North Highland in Atlanta, GA. The speaker starts at 7:30, but please come a little bit early if you want to order some of Manuel’s delicious food or something from their fantastic drink selection.
Everything in its Place: Race, Residential Patterns and Inequality in Metro Atlanta
April 15, Regine Jackson
• In this presentation, Dr. Regine Jackson (Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies, Agnes Scott College) explains some of the demographic changes that the Atlanta metropolitan area has undergone in the last 40 years. She challenges the idea that the incorporation of immigrants and new ethnic groups has dismantled the black-white dichotomy that once characterized the “old South.” Using data from the U.S. Census and field research with Caribbean and African immigrants, Dr. Jackson argues that while many new immigrants have diversified predominantly white suburbs, for blacks – regardless of ancestry – residential settlement and business location continue to be structured by race. The presentation hopes to raise questions about enduring patterns of segregation, spatial inequality and the meaning of diversity in the “post-racial” South.
The Psychology of Race and the Impact of Communal Trauma on the Collective Perception of Self: Explorations of the Truth and Reconciliation Process
April 30, Trina Brown
• In this presentation, Dr. Trina Brown (SCAD) discusses her contributions to a recent book examining the potential benefit of a Truth and Reconciliation Process (TRP) in this country. Brown’s chapter focuses on the psychology of race and the impact of communal trauma on the collective perception of self, and her talk will also include a discussion of the overall purpose of the book and the psychological implications. For a summary of the book that provides a description of the content of each chapter, see the website: http://www.crimesagainsthumanitybook.com/
Mixed Race Lesbian Step Parenting
May 4, Katie Acosta
• In this presentation, Dr. Katie Acosta (Department of Sociology, Georgia State University) reports on her qualitative interview based research with women who are raising children in same sex stepparent households. Acosta explains the ways that race, ethnicity, class, and culture shape the parenting experiences for the mixed race families in her study. As these families include a stepparent, who was not part of the family’s original formation, the racial, ethnic and cultural tensions they experience are new to them at least in part and they must learn how to negotiate these tensions with their children. Dr. Acosta explains how mixed-race lesbian families negotiate cultural tensions and the strategic ways in which they go about presenting as a family.
How to be an Effective Ally: Using White Privilege Against Racism
May 22, Elisabeth Sheff
• WWhiteness is the race that passes as no race at all, and in this presentation Dr. Elisabeth Sheff (Director of Legal Services, Sheff Consulting Group) explores some of the ways in which white people can be allies for people of color in a struggle against racism. This presentation begins by explaining white privilege using Peggy McIntosh’s idea of the “invisible knapsack” of privilege that white people carry around with them as they move through life. Then it identifies some common mistakes well-meaning white people make when interacting with people of color, and identifies more effective strategies that can turn white privilege against itself. The presentation closes with a discussion of the strategies white people can use to combat white privilege, and a question/answer/discussion session.
In this second part of a blog on Psychology Today, Coming out as Polyamorous, I discuss the strategies for coming out to family, friends, and children.
The Mic recently published Kaitlyn Mitchell’s article “There’s a Big Problem in Polyamory that no one is Talking About”
Mitchell interviewed me for the piece and did a great job interpreting the I published with Corie Hammers in 2011, “The Privilege of Perversities.” Check it out and let me know what you think.
Christine submitted this great little vignette for my new anthology on polyamorous families, Stories from the Polycule, and said I could post it in a call for further submissions. It made me smile, and I am hoping that it will inspire some of you to contribute your own adorable tidbits.
Conversation with my four year old son, Jax, about polyamory:
Me: “Jax, what do you think about Mommy’s friends?”
Jax: “You have lots of many friends!”
Me: “What different kinds of friends?”
Jax: “Some are like friends that are other mommies and some are like friends who come to our house and some are like special friends.”
Me: “Special friends?”
Jax: “Like Mr. David or Dr. Chris. Like the ones you like to kiss.”
Me: “Mmm hmm.”
Jax: “Because you like to have many special friends but some grown ups like to just have one special friend, like Granny and Rumpah are just one special friend for each other.”
Me: “What do you think about that?”
Jax: “I think that they are happy.”
Me: “Mmm hmmm.”
Jax: “I like to have many friends but I don’t like kissing so I don’t have special friends.”
Me: “Do you think you will have one special friend or many when you grow up?”
Jax: “I will invent a special kissing machine to do that for me so I can have a house for a family of special friends but not have to kiss them.”
Me: “Sounds like a plan.”
Now it is your last chance to submit a story, poem, or drawing for this groundbreaking new book by JANUARY 15, 2015.
Frequently Asked Questions regarding submissions to Stories from the Polycule:
Do the stories have to be positive or flattering to polyamory?
NO. Real families have hard times, and poly families sometimes fall apart at the seams just like other families. To present a realistic picture of poly families, we will include both the advantages and the disadvantages contributors face.
Do the families have to have children?
NO. Families take all sorts of forms, and those made up of all adults count as families too! Elders with or without adult children are also encouraged to write something for the anthology.
May children contribute too?
YES! Children are encouraged to submit something for the book. Kids can draw pictures of their families, write something on their own, or dictate a story to an adult.
What kinds of submissions, and how long should they be?
It depends on your talents and what you have to say – from a drawing, photograph or few lines of poetry to an entire essay or selection of prose — let your creativity flow.
Do I have to use my real name?
NO. You may if you wish, or you can make-up a different name for the book.
Do contributors get paid?
YES, hopefully. If the Indiegogo campaign raises enough money for the book to go, we will pay contributors $25. If you want to help us pay contributors, please donate to our crowdfunding campaign and help us fund the book ☺
Who is editing this anthology?
Dr. Elisabeth Sheff, a researcher who studies polyamory and recently published a book about the findings of her 15-year study, The Polyamorists Next Door: Inside Multiple-Partner Relationships and Families. Thorntree Press (with Franklin Veaux and Eve Rickert) is publishing the book.
How can I submit something?
Email your submission as an attachment to email@example.com
Who should I contact with questions?
Eli Sheff at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thorntree Press is kicking off an Indiegogo campaign for three new books on polyamory. One of the books is Franklin Veaux’s memoir, a book that other publishers wanted from him to begin with and spurred him to start Thorntree with Eve Rickert. A second book is by Louisa Leontiades who writes her memoir about loving two men. The third book is edited by me, Elisabeth Sheff, and shares stories, poems, and artwork from people in polyamorous families.
Please check out the Indiegogo site and contribute to the campaign to help us get these three books to the market!