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February 28: Grossmont College, El Cajon, California. A variety of music, art, poetry, film, and presentations for Black History Month includes two screenings of Traces of the Trade on February 16 & 27. Tom’s multi-media presentation follows on Tuesday, February 28 at 2:00-3:30pm in the Griffin Center.

April 9, 2:00pm: Downtown Bend Library, Brooks Room; Bend, Oregon. Second Sunday presentation at Deschutes Public Library, Bend, Oregon, in connection with the 2017 A Novel Idea… Read Together program. This year’s selection, Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi, tells the story of Effia and Esi, half-sisters born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Tom visited locations in Ghana highlighted in Homegoing, including the slave dungeons beneath Cape Coast Castle, while writing his book, Inheriting the Trade. He’ll read excerpts from his book, show film clips from the PBS documentary, Traces of the Trade, and will explore connections between Homegoing, Inheriting the Trade, and present-day consequences of historic events. More details HERE.

May 6, 2:00pm: Sisters Library Meeting Room; Sisters, Oregon. In conjunction with A Novel Idea, a screening of the Emmy-nominated documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story From the Deep North. Filmmaker Katrina Browne and nine fellow DeWolf family descendants, ranging from siblings to seventh cousins, retraced the steps of the Triangle Slave Trade, visiting the historic DeWolf hometown of Bristol, Rhode Island, slave forts on the coast of Ghana (highlighted in Yaa Gyasi’’s Homegoing), and the ruins of a family plantation in Cuba. Back home, the family members grapple with questions we all face in the United States today: What is the legacy of slavery and racism? What do we inherit as individuals and as a nation? What would healing look like? More details HERE.


Past Appearances:


January 15: Infinite Possibilities Train the Trainer: San Antonio, Texas. Tom is a Certified Trainer for Infinite Possibilities. At this annual conference, he led a workshop titled “Yeah, but… Two Little Words that Loom Large between Making Excuses and Making Miracles.”

June 16: Restorative Justice in Motion: Building a Social Movement Conference, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Co-facilitated with Jodie Geddes, workshop: “Coming to the Table: Shared Legacies, Truth-telling, and Healing the Historical Harms of Slavery and Racism.”

June 25: Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly, Columbus, Ohio. Co-presented with Sharon Morgan: “Coming to the Table: Healing America’s Racial Wounds.”


with Sharon Morgan (Gather at the Table):

January 28, 2015: DePauw University Dialogue, Greencastle, Indiana. All classes and offices closed at DePauw for the first time in more than 100 years for a campus-wide discussion on diversity and inclusion. Sharon and Tom are one of two featured presentations to lead into small-group discussion among an estimated 3,000 participants.

February 15 – 16, 2015: St. Louis College of Pharmacy, St. Louis, Missouri. A three-day residency to include workshop, large-group presentations, screening of Traces of the Trade, meetings with students, faculty, staff etc. in connection with community-wide conversations and challenges following the death of Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson.

March 31 – April 4, 2015: NW Arkansas Tour, appearances at NW Arkansas Community College, Walmart Corporate Diversity Office, Sam’s Club African American Officer Caucus, University of Arkansas, Bentonville High School, Tyson Foods Diversity Leadership Council.

April 2, 2015 (5:00-6:00pm): Gallery talk against the backdrop of artwork depicting the Civil War and slavery. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; 600 Museum Way; Bentonville, Arkansas.


Solo Appearances:

January 21: Eugene Water & Electric Board – Eugene, Oregon. Traces of the Trade film screening and discussion, followed by afternoon workshop on Coming to the Table, Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience.

April 6-9: Initiatives of Change International Conference – “Healing History: Memory, Legacy & Social Change,” Richmond, Virginia. Tom will participate in the full conference –  and will be one of the featured presenters in the April 7 Opening Plenary – “Connecting memory, legacy and social change.”

May 28: Lane County Public Works – Eugene, Oregon. “Diversity Sack Lunch” presentation and discussion.

July 9-12: Infinite Possibilities Train the Trainer Conference. Ventura, California. Trailblazer Panel presentation; conference crew.

December 2: Screening and Discussion of Traces of the Trade – First Presbyterian Church, Bend, Oregon.



with Sharon Morgan (Gather at the Table):

February 10-12, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown, NY (Includes screening of Traces of the Trade 2/10, 7:00pm, Student Union; and keynote presentation 2/11, 7:00pm, Scharmann Theatre)

February 13, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY (keynote presentation 2/13, 6:00pm)

February 18, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT (keynote presentation 6:00pm, Webb Auditorium)

February 19, Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD (keynote presentation 11:30am, HCC Student Center 243)

February 21, College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY (keynote presentation 9:00am)

February 23, America’s Black Holocaust Museum, Milwaukee, WI (ticketed program 1:00-5:00pm)

February 25, Wayne County Community College, Detroit, MI (Morning keynote presentation at 9:00am, Downtown Campus, 1001 W. Fort Street)

May 8, League of Black Women Global Leadership Conference, Washington, DC

September 17, General Electric 2014 African American Forum Global Symposium; Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC

September 18, Diversity MBA 2014 Leadership Conference; Double Tree by Hilton, Oakbrook, IL


With Belvie Rooks:

February 28 – March 2, Naropa University, Boulder, CO

March 3, Boulder City Club, Boulder, CO


Solo Appearances:

March 24, Oakland Community College, Bloomfield Hills, MI

March 25, Reading Area Community College, Reading, PA

November 29, 2014, Paulina Springs Books, Sisters, Oregon, 10:00am – 1:00pm. For the 2nd year in a row, Tom will “play bookseller” at one of his favorite Independent bookstores on “Small Business Saturday” as part of the Indies First! campaign.


West Coast Appearances with Sharon Morgan:

January 6, 2013, 2:00pm: Northwest African American Museum: 2300 South Massachusetts St., Seattle, WA; sponsored by New Legacy Puget Sound. Copies of Gather at the Table available for purchase by our friends at Elliott Bay Book Company.

January 8, 2013, 7:00pm: Central Washington University: 400 E. University Way, Ellensburg, WA. Many thanks to our Coming to the Table colleague and friend, Mark Auslander (author of the highly acclaimed The Accidental Slaveowner) for arranging for our appearance!

January 10, 2013, 7:00pm: Washington State University: Northeast Wilson Road, Pullman, WA (Venue: CUE 203)

January 11, 2013, 6:30pm: Paulina Springs Books: 422 SW 6th St, Redmond, OR

January 12, 2013, 6:30pm: Paulina Springs Books: 252 W Hood Ave, Sisters, OR

January 13, 2013, 7:30pm: Powell’s Books: 1005 W Burnside, Portland, OR

January 14, 2013, 12:00 noon: The Portland Building: 1120 SW 5th Avenue, 2nd floor Auditorium; sponsored by DEEP (Diverse and Empowered Employees of Portland)

January 15, 2013, 6:30pm: Bend’s Community Center: 1036 NE 5th Street, Bend, OR

January 18, 2013, 4:00pm: University of California at Berkeley: Chevron Auditorium, International House, 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley. Sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion.

January 19, 2013, 2:00pm: Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church: 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek, CA; co-sponsored by the Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center.

January 20, 2013, 2:00pm: Museum of the African Diaspora, in the Salon room; 685 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA

January 23, 2013, 5:00pm: La Pintoresca Library, 1355 North Raymond Avenue Pasadena, CA

January 25, 2013, 7:00pm: Pacific Oaks College, (specific location TBA soon!), Pasadena, CA (sponsored by CARE/Multicultural Healing)

January 26, 2013: 2:00pm: Pomona First Christian Church, 1751 Park Ave., Pomona, CA

January 28, 2013: meetings with students and faculty at Regis University, Denver

January 29, 2013: 7:00pm: University of Denver, in the Community Room of Craig Hall – the Graduate School of Social Work, Denver, CO

January 30, 2013: 6:30, meet the authors; 7:00 program begins: Park Hill United Methodist Church, 5209 East Montview Boulevard, Denver, CO. The evening program will open with a performance by Sankofa, an ensemble of the Spirituals Project Choir.


Solo Appearances, February 2013:

February 6, 2013: 12:00 noon, Rock Valley College Student Center Atrium, Rock Valley College, Rockford, Illinois

February 7, 2013: 7:00pm, Kankakee Community College, WDC Conference Hall, Kankakee, Illinois

February 11, 2013: 7:00pm, Cecilian Auditorium, screening of Traces of the Trade at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana

February 12, 2013: 7:00pm, BHS Auditorium, Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge, Iowa

February 17, 2012: 5:00pm, Student Center, Muscatine Community College, Muscatine, Iowa. Tom is the featured speaker for the Alexander Clark Cultural Series.

February 18, 2013: 11:45am, Student Life Center, Scott Community College, Bettendorf, Iowa

February 19, 2013: 7:30pm, Student Center Ballroom, Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa

February 20, 2013: Multiple events throughout the day at Clinton Community College, Clinton, Iowa


Spring Appearances with Sharon Morgan:

March 14, 2013, 12:00 Noon: Central Library at Rundel Auditorium, 115 South Avenue, Rochester, NY. Hosted by Moving  Beyond Racism

March 14, 2003, 7:00pm: School Without Walls, 480 Broadway, Rochester, NY. Hosted by Moving Beyond Racism.

March 20, 2013, 7:00pm: Ginter Park Baptist Church, 1200 Wilmington Avenue, Richmond, VA.

March 22, 2013, 12:00 Noon: Virginia Festival of the Book,Central JMRL Library,201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA. Hosted by the African American Authors Book Club.

March 26, 2013: Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Multiple meetings with students and faculty throughout day.

March 27, 2013, 6:00pm: Washington University in St. Louis, Whitaker Hall & Atrium, 1 Brookings Drive, St. Louis. Keynote presentation, conversation with the authors, book signing; free and open to the public.


Solo Appearances, April 2013:

April 12-14, 2013: Tom will showcase at the APCA Campus Events Planning Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

April 15, 2013, 6:30pm: Springfield Public Library, 225 5th Street (inside City Hall), Springfield, Oregon. Presentation, conversation with the author, book signing.

April 16, 2013, 7:00pm: “Coming to the Table: A Community Forum” at Seattle Pacific University, Conference Room in Upper Gwinn, 3307 3rd Ave W, Seattle, WA, in conjunction with Taproot Theatre Company’s production of The Whipping Man.


Indies First appearance, November 2013:

November 30, 2013, Tom served as a “bookseller-author” at Paulina Springs Books in Sisters, Oregon for the Indies First! program on Small Business Saturday.



East Coast appearances with Sharon Morgan:

October 9, 2012: Gather at the Table book launch — 6:00pm, Martin Chapel; Eastern Mennonite University, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA

October 10, 2012, 12:00 noon – 2:00pm: Book signing at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Museum Shop, 931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA

October 10, 2012: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian Universalist— schedule pending, 717 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA

October 11, 2012, 11:00am: Lifelong Learning Institute of Chesterfield: 13801 Westfield Road  Midlothian, VA

October 11, 2012: 6:00pm, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 520 N. Boulevard, Richmond, VA; sponsored by the Presence Place group “History Healing and Hope”

October 14, 2012: Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church — 10:30am, 7400 Temple Hills Rd. Camp Springs, Maryland

October 15, 2012: University of Baltimore — 5:30pm, Student Center, 21 W. Mount Royal Avenue, Fifth Floor, Baltimore, Maryland (co-sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation) – Parking: Fitzgerald Parking Garage, 80 W. Oliver Street

October 16, 2012, 8:10pm: American University, East Quad Building (EQB) 203; at the corner of Nebraska Ave. and New Mexico Ave., Washington, DC

October 17, 2012: Bloomsburg University — schedule pending, 400 East Second Street Bloomsburg, PA

October 18, 2012: Cliveden — 7:00pm, 6401 Germantown Ave, Philadephia, PA

October 20, 2012: Quaker Meeting House, 3:00pm, 15 Rutherford Place, New York, NY

October 24, 2012: Trinity Church Boston — 7:00pm, 206 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA 02116

October 25, 2012: Harriet Beecher Stowe Center — 5:00pm, 77 Forest Street, Hartford, CT


Midwest Appearances with Sharon Morgan:

November 3, 2012: DuSable Museum of African American History, time tbd, 740 E. 56th Place, Chicago, Illinois

November 7, 2012: First Community Church, time tbd, 1320 Cambridge Blvd., Columbus, Ohio

November 9, 2012: African American Jazz Caucus event– schedule & location pending, Indianapolis, Indiana

November 10-12, 2012: Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society — multiple events in multiple venues, details to come, Kalamazoo, Michigan

November 13-14, 2012: Multiple events in multiple venues, Grand Rapids, Michigan


Solo Appearance by Tom:

November 16-18, 2012: Tom was featured among the Purposeful Programming Showcases at the APCA (Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities) South Central Programming Conference in Corpus Christi, Texas


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