As a learning environment that fosters socially responsible citizens who are lifelong learners and problem solvers, Many Rivers Montessori aspires to be a multicultural community with a welcoming spirit.”—Excerpt from MRM’s Diversity Statement, posted in full on the school’s home page.

The Diversity Digest is brought to you by the MRM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. We are pleased to offer this summary of cultural events, broadcasts and workshops at MRM and around the Twin Ports. Many, but not all, of these listings are child friendly. Use your own judgment to decide what is or is not appropriate for your child. Please email meredith.cornett@manyriversmontessori.org to submit timely events.

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MRM’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI) generally meets the third Tuesday of every month. Our next DEI Committee gathering is April 16 at 6:30 PM. All are welcome! Please email jennifer.lien@manyriversmontessori.org for more info.


On Your Own

Racism and America’s Concentration Camps | Mas Hashimoto | TEDxMeritAcademy. (Video, 19 minutes). Remember when the American government unjustly incarcerated 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, most of whom were American citizens, during WWII? Mas Hashimoto will compare how Japanese American incarceration during WWII and the massive discrimination of Muslims post 9-11 are both founded in hate and racism. Learn how “Make America Great Again” really translates to “Make America White Again.” Learn about what you can do to stop this form of racism and take active steps to protect everyone’s civil and human rights. (Note: The DEI Committee watched and discussed this video at our 3/18/19 meeting.)


Around the Twin Ports

Saturday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31. 8:00 to 10:00 PM. So Much More: From Me to You.  Beneath the I-35 overpass west of the Depot on the Superior Hiking Trail-Lakewalk. Coming from the other direction, it's across from the Bayfront Festival Park lot and Pier B. So Much More: from me to you is an outdoor projection event taking place beneath a section of I-35 that overpasses a portion of the Lakewalk Trail/Superior Hiking Trail, easily accessible by foot or bicycle. The goal of the project is to illuminate an area that has historical connections to poverty in Duluth and is symbolic of an unseen or ignored reality. As a public event, the illuminated artwork will invite personal reflection and dialogue about poverty in Duluth.

MRM DEI Committee Member Marylee Murphy will be attending on Saturday night. Get in touch if you’d like to meet up! marylee.murphy@manyriversmontessori.org

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Monday, April 1. 7:00 PM. La jaula de oro (The Golden Dream). Zinema, 222 E Superior St, Duluth. Mexican drama. Part of the UMD Department of World Languages and Cultures Currents and Countercurrents: WLC International Film Festival. Free international film series running Monday nights from March 25-April 22. There will be a short introduction by a UMD faculty member from the Department of World Languages and Cultures, and light reception and discussion to follow.

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Thursday, April 4. 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Book launch. Linda Legarde Grover. In the Night of Memory. Zenith Bookstore. In her new novel, Ms. Grover writes about two lost sisters, who find family, and themselves, among the voices of an Ojibwe reservation. Some ruptures simply cannot be repaired; they can only be lived through, or lived with. Grover returns to the fictional Mozhay Point Reservation in this nuanced, moving, often humorous picture of two Ojibwe girls becoming women in the long, sharply etched shadow of Native American history. Linda LeGarde Grover is professor of American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe.

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Monday, April 8. 7:00 PM. Wo bu shi yao shen (Dying to Survive). Zinema, 222 E Superior St, Duluth. Chinese comedy-drama. Part of the UMD Department of World Languages and Cultures Currents and Countercurrents: WLC International Film Festival. Free international film series running Monday nights from March 25-April 22. There will be a short introduction by a UMD faculty member from the Department of World Languages and Cultures, and light reception and discussion to follow.

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Saturday, April 13. 5:00 to 9:00 PM. UMD 30th Annual Fiesta! Greysolon Ballroom, 2165 E Superior St, Duluth. Please join the Latinx/Chicanx Student Association (LCSA) this year as we celebrate our 30th Annual Fiesta!  It will be a night demonstrating the excellence of Latin cultures through food, music, dances, a variety of entertainment. Guests will also be able to bid on a variety of items at our Silent Auction! For more information contact Michelle Fonseca at mfonseca@d.umn.edu.

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Monday, April 15. 7:00 PM. Un Prophète (A Prophet). Zinema, 222 E Superior St, Duluth. French gangster. Part of the UMD Department of World Languages and Cultures Currents and Countercurrents: WLC International Film Festival. Free international film series running Monday nights from March 25-April 22. There will be a short introduction by a UMD faculty member from the Department of World Languages and Cultures, and light reception and discussion to follow.

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Tuesday, April 16. 6:30 to 8:30 PM. MRM’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI). School Cafeteria. All are welcome! Please email jennifer.lien@manyriversmontessori.org for more info.

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Saturday, April 20. 6:00 to 10:00 PM. Mental Health Awareness Concert. NorShor Theater, 211 E Superior St, Duluth. LetsTalkMN.com is proud to present its 2nd Annual Mental Health Awareness Concert featuring Them Coulee Boys and Dead Horses with Special Guests Three Altos/Sara Thomsen. This special night of music is meant to raise awareness for mental health and wellness as well as draw attention to regional events coming up in May (Mental Health Awareness Month). The concert will highlight the LetsTalkMN.com campaign devoted to raising awareness for mental health crisis resources. Representatives from Northland Healthy Minds along with the Make It Ok Campaign and many others will staff a resource fair between 6:00 and 7:00 while Duluth native Elsa Lee brings her home-grown sound to the NorShor Mezzanine.

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Monday, April 22. 7:00 PM. El silencio de otros (The Silence of Others). Zinema, 222 E Superior St, Duluth. Documentary - Spanish Post-War (life under the dictatorship of General Franco). Last in the UMD Department of World Languages and Cultures’ Currents and Countercurrents: WLC International Film Festival. Free international film series running Monday nights from March 25-April 22. There will be a short introduction by a UMD faculty member from the Department of World Languages and Cultures, and light reception and discussion to follow.

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Wednesday, April 24. 6:00 to 7:30 PM. Austin Channing Brown. University of Wisconsin-Superior, Yellowjacket Union Great Room. Author: I'm Still Here | Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. Austin Channing Brown is a leading new voice on racial justice. Austin is committed to exploring the intersections of racial justice, faith, and black womanhood. I'm Still Here has received acclaim from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and a host of other reviewers. This is the final event in the UWS 2019 Distinguished Diversity Lecture and Art Series.

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Sunday, April 28. 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Ojibwe and Nordic Beaded Design. SunFUNday! Art for Children of All Ages. Everyone is welcome to join together for the last in a series of four art-making workshops at the Nordic Center with art professor Alison Aune, her UMD art education students and special guests. Pre-registration is encouraged, and there is a $ suggested donation per workshop. Email aaune@d.umn.edu for more info or to register.

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