Programs and Learning Outcomes

With honesty, humor, and compassion, public speaker and author Tom DeWolf works with college students and other audiences throughout the United States to explore effective ways to recognize, acknowledge, and confront intolerance, inequity, racism, and other forms of injustice in organizations, on campus, and in everyday life.

All programs listed below are flexible and can be modified to meet needs specific to your organization, community or school. Programs can range from 1-3 hours up to weekend workshop length. Tom and/or his colleagues will work with you to meet your needs for issues to be addressed and desired outcomes for participants.

Note: for school programs, Tom makes himself available to meet with individual classrooms (history, literature, writing, sociology, film, anthropology, etc.) in addition to the keynote presentation.

Let’s Talk About Race: Together we can make a difference

 At the United Nations

The program: A 45-60 minute presentation, incorporating video and still images; followed by audience participation, Q&A. Participants will explore present-day impacts from historic racism and oppression in the United States, how we got “from then to now”; how to confront intolerance, build resilience, support diversity, and break down walls that separate people and communities. Follow-up email sent to participants with resources for long-term actions.

1) Where we are today: Explore present-day impacts from historic racism and intolerance in United States

2) How we got here: Explore how past events impact present-day circumstances

3) Where we go from here: Explore ways to confront intolerance, build resilience, and break down walls that separate people and communities

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Traces of the Trade: Challenging Long-held Beliefs

Traces of the Trade In Accra, Ghana

The program: a 90-minute to 2-hour presentation (depending on the version of film selected). Tom is featured in the Emmy-nominated, PBS documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North. Screening of the film, with follow-up interaction/dialogue/Q&A led by Tom offers a catalyst for further dialogue, education and action in confronting intolerance and promoting diversity and acceptance. Follow-up email sent to participants with resources for long-term actions. Learn more about the film at http://www.tracesofthetrade.org/.

1) Viewing the documentary film

2) Post-screening dialogue

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Gather at the Table: A Model of Healing

Bryant's Grocery, Money, Mississippi

The program: 50-minute presentation featuring the powerful  healing model outlined in the book Gather at the Table, by authors Tom DeWolf and Sharon Leslie Morgan. Against a backdrop of social history and genealogy, this interracial team shares personal stories of intolerance and healing from their diverse perspectives, providing a model for others to follow in healing themselves and their communities. Program incorporates dramatic readings, audiovisual elements, audience participation (storytelling and Q&A), and follow-up email to participants with resources for long-term actions.

1) Connecting Historical Dots

2) Breaking the Cycle

3) Healing Ourselves and Others

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