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Dr. Jocelyn Lee Payne or Jean Marie Neal  
John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, Inc. 
 jocpayne@jhfcenter.org  |  jneal@jhfcenter.org




The Media and Reconciliation

 Explore how traditional and new media impact our understanding of ourselves and each other to prepare for the serious work of reconciliation. See the schedule below for a full list of speakers!

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2015 National Symposium on Reconciliation
Preliminary Schedule
(To be updated throughout the Registration process)

 Tuesday, May 26

6:00 PM  Tulsa Race Relations Forum | Living Arts, 307 East Reconciliation Way


“Hate Crimes in the Heartland” documentary film screening and national-local discussion panel featuring Emmy-winning documentary producer Rachel Lyon.  Panel moderator:  Jayme Cox, OCCJ; other panelists include Maj. Travis Yates, Gilcrease Division Commander, Tulsa Police Department; Dr. Sherri Tapp, Associate Professor, School of Education, Oral Roberts University; Dr. Lisa Byers, Associate Professor, Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work, OU-Tulsa; and, Jack Henderson, Tulsa City Councilor.  Convener:  Rosalind Crenshaw, Community Volunteer and JHFCR Board Member  

A Cookie Bar will feature chocolate chip cookies from Peace, Love & Cookies; a portion of the sales will be donated to OCCJ.


Wednesday, May 27

1:00-5:00 PM     Registration | Hyatt Regency Hotel
lunch on your own
5:00 PM    VIP Reception - Lorton Performance Center, University of 
Tulsa invitation only

6:30 PM   Symposium Opening Session & Community Reception | Lorton Performance Center, University of Tulsa

Featuring a performance of the 2015 Academy Award Winner for Best Original Song, “Glory,” by choirs from All Souls Unitarian Church and Metropolitan Baptist Church with Written Quincy, under the direction of Rick Fortner and David Smith.  

Presenting Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of
New York Times bestseller The Warmth of Other Suns

Convener:  Cindy Hulsey, Director of Adult Services, Tulsa City-County Library and JHFCR Symposium Planning Committee


Thursday, May 28

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM          Registration | Hyatt Regency Hotel 

8:30 AM            Call to Purpose |  Yvonne Lewis, Leftovers Reclaimed Ministry; former KTUL news anchor 

Plenary Session I:  Diversity in Traditional Media ~ Nancy Miller, Valerie Woods, and Kristin Palombo, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) team that is developing the “Tulsa” mini-series will discuss the importance of diversity in traditional media. 

Global to Local Panel:  Our panel of local (and formerly almost local) media professionals will draw on their own experiences and expertise to provide additional perspective on the importance of diversity in traditional media.  Panel members are Mark Brewin, University of Tulsa; Bernadette Brown, Turner Broadcasting; Debbie Jackson, Tulsa World; Jim Langdon, Tulsa People; Jennifer Loren, OSIYO.TV; Martha Vaughan, KJMM & KDOR, Tulsa; Alexander Quince, KTUL-ABC.  Our panel moderator is Mark Barcus.

9:00 AM            Student and Teacher Workshop with Isabel Wilkerson

11:15 AM          Symposium Media Fair | With Book Fair partner Barnes & Noble, JHFCR will offer books for purchase and order; a portion of sales will accrue to the Center.  Tulsa author Jennifer Latham will present a brief author talk about her newly released book, Scarlett Undercover. In the same space, JHFCR will present the Oklahoma premiere of a John Hope Franklin tribute exhibit curated by Duke University. And JHFCR will screen a series of videos related to Tulsa history and reconciliation. Session Convener: Bob Webber, Community Volunteer and JHFCR Board Member.

12:00 PM           Lunch


1:30-2:20 PM    Breakout Sessions

  • Growing Our Own:  Diversity and Mentorship ~ Libby Adjei and Dr. Sherri Tapp, Oral Roberts University
    The impact of mentoring programs on at-risk risk adolescents has been widely debated.  Recent research employing two qualitative data collection methods point to several key factors that positively underscore the   benefits of mentoring in two groups of African American females.  This session will report the findings from a study that investigated the lived-experiences of 15 African American female students who participated in a mentoring program for two years.  Attend this session and learn how these findings might help encourage desirable traits and skills needed to support educational pursuits and courageous career decisions for future media professionals.


  • Migration in the News: Myths, Codes, and Media Literacy ~ Mana Tahaie, YWCA Tulsa
    The 21st Century conception of race is formed, shaped, and reinforced by the media.  Developing media literacy skills enables advocates for reconciliation to view and deconstruct media coverage of public and social policies.     This workshop will draw links between the modern anti-immigrant movement, the growing Islamophobia movement, and historical attempts to oppress Black Americans, and lift up alternative solidarity movements that have effectively brought about reconciliation. Using videos, media clips, and news articles, this workshop will illustrate the damaging ways the media frames immigration and its impact on race relations and public policy.


  • Behind the Lens: Unseen Experiences of African American Media Professionals ~ Andria Morgan and Nehemiah Taylor, Langston University
    Research suggests that there is a lack of diversity in the media professions.  As echoed in the words of author Cornel West, many blacks ‘just want access.’  In addition, where access is granted, it tends to be at levels where crucial decisions are not made.  Thus, African-Americans are not prevalent in the highly influential positions of the media industry.  By conducting in-depth interviews with African-American media professionals, this study attempts to shed light in the types of circumstances and factors that unravel Behind the Lens which make it difficult for minorities to navigate their way through the media industry.


  • Journey toward Forgiveness Courageous Conversations for Personal Transformation ~ Dr. Forrest Crawford, Weber State University (UT) & Matt Duhamel, Metamora Films
    This highly interactive session will use selected excerpts from a documentary film on forgiveness to explore salient features consistent with "courageous conversations"; reflect and react to formidable challenges unique to difficult dilemmas; and outline considerations for reconciliation.


  • IReconcile Through IArt – Hands-on Workshop, Part 1:  A Project is Begun ~ Geoffrey L. Smith, GLS Productions & Becky Weggler, Mizel Day School
    The first part of the Symposium’s first-ever two-part session will teach participants skills to allow the development of projects drawn from the symposium’s content using the readily available technology of mobile phones and tablets.  The presenters will share ideas for projects and the techniques and skills to assure that participants, working in teams or individually, are able to create projects that reflect their thinking and their experiences during the symposium.

2:30  - 3:30       And Still I Rise:  A Tribute to Our Elders ~ Starring Sam Burns, Pam Scott-Vickers, Arvella DeVille, Melzenia Rankins, David Harris, Connie Anderson and Chuck Cissel, directed by Chuck Cissel with Pat Moore on the piano.
And, Still I Rise is an original presentation conceived, written, directed and produced by Charles “Chuck” Cissel, president of the Booker T. Washington High School Class of 1966.  Honoring 1921 Tulsa Race Riot survivors, the presentation portrays the story of a people devastated by the discrimination and terrifying massacre in Tulsa’s Greenwood District on May 31-June 1, 1921.  Against a backdrop of horrific destruction, the people of Black Wall Street “hung on,” bonded together, embraced resilience, and took control of their lives. They rebuilt their community, without any help from the government, and unearthed their strength and, like the phoenix rising from the ashes, were reborn with renewed purpose.  Their actions declared to the world, “and, still we rise.”   The cast members – all members of the Tulsa Booker T. Washington High School Class of 1966 -- are educators, business owners and leaders, and health care administrators – some are actively working, some are actively retired.  All are gifted performers who have performed together intermittently since adolescenceThe show’s title is taken from the classic poem by the late, great poet Maya Angelou.

3:45 PM             Relaxation 

5:00 PM             
Docent-led group tours & dinner in the Arts District or Downtown ~ Tour John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park, Greenwood Cultural Center, and Historic Greenwood District and join together in small groups for dinner in a variety of fantastic eatery experiences.

8:00 PM             Movie on Guthrie Green

Peter Sellers classic, Being There
screened as part of the Guthrie Green Thursday Movies Series 


Friday, May 29 - Celebrating the Centenary of Dr. John Hope Franklin

8:00 AM–3:00 PM  Registration | Hyatt Regency Hotel 

8:00 – 8:30 AM      Continental Breakfast

8:30-10:15 AM       Plenary Session II ~ Civil Rights, The Media, and Reconciliation ~ Attorney and legal educator Justin Hansford and higher education executive Jabar Shumate draw on their  very different experiences to explore the relationships between civil right, the media and the serious work of reconciliation. 

Session Convener:  Kiemonn L. Jones, Riggs Abney and JHFCR Board Member

10:30-11:20 AM      Breakout Sessions 

  • State Violence as the Post-Racial Limits of Memorialization ~ Alfred Frankowski, Northeastern Illinois University
    The struggle for establishing sites of memory often appears to be a form of resisting state violence against oppressed groups. Thus, where formerly we saw a visible lack or absence of memory, we now see a proliferation of memorial forms. What does this proliferation mean and how does it fail to align with notions of social progress? This presentation examines how anti-black racism functions in conjunction with modes of memorialization and explores how social memory becomes post-racialized in light of the presence and continuation of anti-black state violence.


  • Maps for Understanding ~ Marc Carlson, University of Tulsa
    Drawing on authentic, historic maps and other property documentation data, this session will offer insights on the “then” and “now” of the historic and present-day Greenwood District.  This session will be particularly interesting to anyone who has ever said to themselves, “I wish I could remember what used to be on that corner.” 


  • This Week’s News ~ Robert S. Lee, Tulsa Public Schools and Mike Chanslor, Northeastern State University – Tahlequah
    Come and see how several different publications made decisions about what was newsworthy and how the newsworthy story should be presented through examination and analysis of several periodicals from the same general timeframe.  The presenters will use their lived experiences as journalist and communications educator to share insights about what makes the news and how its shared.


  • Vital Conversations on Race: Listening and Speaking Up ~ Phillips Theological Seminary
    Why should a seminary like Phillips talk about race? How should we engage such conversations? When do we speak up? To whom should we listen?  Where do our Christian commitments fit as we enter such discussions? These and many more questions have put Phillips on a trajectory to participate more robustly in the social justice work around race in the community where we live. This session will facilitate conversation with symposium participants exploring these and other questions, while we listen and learn from one another to gain a better sense of when and how to begin speaking up within vital conversations on race.


  • Ferguson Everywhere  ~ Lee Roy Chapman, Journalist, Community Historian and Advocate
    The presenter interviews journalist Ziva Bransetter and Daniel Smolen. Bransetter is a journalist with the Frontier, a new media company focusing on Oklahoma and the Midwest.  She is a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist.  Daniel Smolen is a founding partner of Smolen, Smolen and Roytman.  Mr. Smolen's law practice specializes in civil rights and has won multiple cases against local law enforcement agencies.  Bransetter broke the recent story of Eric Harris, an African American man shot and killed by reserve sheriff's deputy Robert Bates. Smolen has donated his time to assist the Harris family in their quest for justice.  This session will include 106 seconds of film footage from the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot.

12:30 PM          Lunch ~ Celebration of Dr. Franklin’s Centenary ~ John W. Franklin, National Museum of African American History and Cultural, will share highlights about the civil rights legacy of his father, Dr. John Hope Franklin’s civil rights work.  We will celebrate the centenary of Dr. Franklin’s life, and embrace his legacy, with traditional birthday cake and singing. 

Convener:  Dr. Brian Hosmer, University of Tulsa.

1:45 PM          Plenary Session III ~ New Media ~ Yla Eason, Essex County College, New York, NY
How are our lives impacted by social media and the accompanying potential for immediate access and sharing of nearly everything.  Whether we are mavens or social media luddites, this session will help us understand changes in communication tools and strategies are impacting our everyday lives. 

Convener:  Moises Echeverria, Oklahoma Center for Community & Justice and JHFCR

3:15-4:15 PM  Breakout Sessions

  • Thugs, Terrorists, and Troubled Souls ~ Veronica Laizure, Oklahoma CAIR 
    This session will focus specifically on media framing of Muslim issues. It will also draw in some facts and statistics about how African-Americans are misrepresented as criminals as well. 


  • Citizen Journalism ~ Rachel Leland, Baylor University
    Most consumers of news follow major publishers such as The Guardian or watch the major news networks, CNN and FOX. While these institutions still hold a large audience, social media has quickly supplemented or even replaced more traditional news outlets. One-third of people under thirty get news from social networks which allow citizen journalism, the reporting and documenting of events by non-professional journalists. Because professional journalists are not always well-acquainted with the stories they cover, citizen journalism allows those who are closely involved in a story to play a central role in reporting it.


  • Convergent Journalism ~ Mary Williams, Journalist & Community Historian
    This session will examine the growing model that combines traditional and non-traditional approaches to communications work to capture the best of traditional and new media and the talents of those who pursue professions in the media.


  • Perspectives ~ Sherri Tapp, Oral Roberts University
    This session will feature a panel of diverse university students who will explore their lived experiences of the influence of the media on their understanding and agency around issues of culture, race, and reconciliation. 


  • IReconcile Through IArt – Hands-on Workshop, Part 2:  A Project is Shown ~ Geoffrey L. Smith, GLS Productions & Becky Weggler, MIzel Day School
    Individuals and teams will share their media-related Reconciliation projects inspired from the Part 1 session.  Informal discussion will encourage reflection and conversation about the projects and the stories behind them.   

4:30-5:30 PM   Closing Plenary ~ Putting It All Together ~ Conversation circle to share assessments of the symposium and map ways to carry forward the best content and ideas, including Re-Call to Purpose with Yvonne Lewis and completion of five word essay symposium assessments and Symposium Evaluations.

5:30 PM            Symposium Concludes

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