Update to the Social Science Tavern Spring Schedule

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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

DETAILS
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

• Whiteness 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 privilegaelf. The presenta of the strategies white people can use to combat white privilegetion will close with questions and group discussion.

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Strategies for Coming out as Polyamorous, Part II blog on Psychology Today

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.

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Social Science Tavern Spring Series on Race in the United States

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As a nation the United States has not come to grips with its’ racialized past, and that is causing significant conflict in the present. Citizens and residents in the US must come together in a candid and soul-searching conversation about race, intolerance, and change in order for us to live together and thrive. Hoping to contribute to this national conversation about race, the Atlanta Social Science Tavern will focus its spring sessions on race and ethnicity in the United States, with special attention to the Atlanta area.

For more information or to volunteer as a speaker, please contact Elisabeth Sheff at drelisheff@gmail.com.

Please join us in Atlanta at the beloved lefty watering hole, Manuel’s Tavern, for these interesting and educational sessions! You can find information about time and location at the Social Science Tavern website, http://www.meetup.com/Social-Science-Tavern/

Schedule at a Glance Spring 2015 Social Science Tavern (so far)

January 29, No More Invisible Man: Black Professional Men in the Workplace
• Adia Harvey-Wingfield

February 11, Public Housing, Relocations, and Urban Restructuring in Atlanta
• Chandra Ward

March 3, Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom
• Catherine Meeks

March 26, “Whole Indian:” Indigenous Americans Finding Wholeness
• Marshall “Itai” Jeffries

April 14, 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 21, Whiteness as a Race: Exploration of Whiteness and White privilege
• Elisabeth Sheff

Full Descriptions

No More Invisible Man: Black Professional Men in the Workplace
January 29, Adia Harvey-Wingfield
• Black professional men are often overlooked in media, sociological research, and the cultural imagination. In this presentation, I’ll discuss the ways race and gender inform how these men interact with women coworkers. Findings point to ways that black men may be untapped allies in efforts to create more gender-egalitarian workplaces.

Public Housing, Relocations, and Urban Restructuring in Atlanta
February 11, Chandra Ward
• Like other cities around the US, Atlanta has demolished its public housing “projects” and instead moved former residents to mixed housing subsidized by section eight vouchers. Chandra Ward presents on the findings from a longitudinal study of public housing residents before, during, and after moving from public housing to private rentals. Ward details the social and health implications of the study, discussing how changes in social contacts and transportation can impact people’s lives, and the ways in which they navigate their shifting conditions.

Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom
March 3, Catherine Meeks
• In this presentation Dr. Catherine Meeks discusses the lives of William and Ellen Craft, who were enslaved but were able to escape from Macon. Their story is one of faith, courage, tenacity and an incredible thirst for freedom. Dr. Meeks uses her extensive knowledge of cross-cultural stories to cultivate rich conversations on race, an approach which can be a little less intimidating than other approaches because stories invite us to remove ourselves enough to explore the issues of race from a wider perspective.

“Whole Indian:” Indigenous Americans Finding Wholeness through Memory, Community and Radical Self-Love
March 26, Marshall “Itai” Jeffries
• Among racial and ethnic minorities, the indigenous inhabitants of the United States, American Indians or Native Americans are perhaps some of the most neglected. We rarely see American Indian people on television and fail to include them in many of our social and educational efforts. In this presentation, Itai Jeffries explains his research findings that document the stories of Native people from all over the US in order to shed light on their racial identities, racialized perceptions, and experiences with racism. Challenging popular conceptions of Native people as fractions of a whole imagined self (half-Indian, one quarter Indian, etc.), Jeffries’s research explains how Native people use language and redefine themselves outside of mass media stereotypes.

Everything in its Place: Race, Residential Patterns and Inequality in Metro Atlanta
April 14, 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.

Whiteness as a Race: Exploration of Whiteness and White privilege
May 21, Elisabeth Sheff
• Whiteness 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 intricacies of whiteness in the United States. Dr. Sheff explains how social settings can still be racialized, even when there are no people of color present. This presentation explains Peggy McIntosh’s idea of the “invisible knapsack” of privilege that white people carry around with them as they move through life, and looks at some common mistakes well-meaning white people make when interacting with people of color. The presentation will close with a group discussion of the strategies white people can use to combat white privilege.

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The Mic looks at Whiteness in Polyamory

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.

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Adorable submission to inspire your thoughts, please write something for POLYCULE

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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.”

Christine

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 drelisheff@gmail.com

Who should I contact with questions?
Eli Sheff
at drelisheff@gmail.com

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Indiegogo Campaign for Polycule Book + Goes Live

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!

Thanks, Eli

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DebateOut looks at polyamory with Dr. Sheff

The website DebateOut promises “The end of the one dimensional debate” and seems to have delivered on that promise with its new series of posts on polyamory. The series features me as the pro side with Dr. Karen Ruskin as the con.

Please check out the posts and let me know what you think.

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