MSU Wonderlust Friday Forum: Montana's Race Problem: Facing our Past and Transforming our Future
- Friday, November 17, 2017 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm
- Bozeman Public Library
MSU Wonderlust offers a free Friday Forum featuring the Montana Racial Equity Project.
Racial divides and prejudices continue to plague not only the nation, but also closer to home in Montana. As we struggle to understand the how and why of our sordid history and current reality, Judith Heilman, Executive Director of Montana Racial Equity Project, will shed light on the issues facing historically marginalized, disenfranchised, and oppressed peoples in Montana, including Native Americans. Joining her will be Aspen Hougen, Montana Racial Equity Project instructor of the "Dismantling Hatred" workshop. Judith and Aspen will lead a discussion on transformational change in the personal, social, systemic, and structural arenas. They will also address the issue of media overload -- both social media and advertising -- and how that affects our collective views of race.
Judith Heilman is an equity and justice advocate and the Executive Director of The Montana Racial Equity Project, a 501(c)3 non-partisan, non-profit based in Bozeman. A resident of Bozeman for twelve+ years, Judith is an experienced issues and social justice organizer. She is a veteran of law enforcement, non-profits, political campaigns and the corporate world. Her passion is equity and justice for all historically marginalized, disenfranchised, and oppressed peoples.
Aspen Hougen is a Bozeman native and an alumna of Montana State University. After completing her graduate work, she chose to focus on parenting and on service in the community. Aspen currently volunteers for The Montana Racial Equity Project and curates the organization's Facebook and Twitter presences. Aspen also co-instructs The MTREP Dismantling Hatred workshop. Coming from a background in film and literature studies, she has a special interest in the representation of marginalized groups in media and in the promotion of marginalized voices in storytelling.
Friday Forum is a monthly speaker series sponsored by MSU Wonderlust, a lifelong learning program of Extended University. The Forum is hosted by the Bozeman Public Library.