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A Community Conversation: Slam Poets, Film, and Dialogue on Racism and Prejudice

A Film and Dialogue Event on Racism and Prejudice


Film & Dialogue Event:
Awake: The Life of Yogananda

(Click here to read about the first showing and dialogue of this film that took place in December 2014.)

Film Screening:

On Monday, January 5th, at 7 p.m., a SECOND screening of the new film Awake: The Life of Yogananda will be showing at the Movieland at Boulevard Square in Richmond, Virginia. If you would like to attend, visit this site: Scroll down to the image of the map and enter the zip code 23230. If the circle is lime green you will be able to purchase your ticket. If the circle is dark green, it means that  there are not yet enough reservations for this to have "tipped". Click RESERVE TICKET. You will then be notified as soon as it has tipped at which point ticket purchase will be possible. Tickets for the film cost $11.   

Dialogue About the Film:

Following the film, which lasts 89 minutes, Jacquelyn Pogue will be leading an hour-long dialogue. The dialogue will take place at the theater and costs $2 (to cover the room rental). If you would like to join the dialogue, please RSVP by emailing Jacquelyn Pogue  since the room only holds 21 people.  Hope to see you there!

Exhibition About Washington Monument Grounds Inspires Community Dialogue

A dialogue about democracy, civic life, public spaces, and monuments to take place on June 13, 2012 at the Virginia Center for Architecture

 The National Ideas Competition for the Washington Monument Grounds has created a rare opportunity to engage in a national discussion about landscape, democracy, history, and civic life.  The competition, which is the subject of the Virginia Center for Architecture’s current exhibition Someday in the Park with George, inspired Jacquelyn Pogue, the director of Richmond Action Dialogues, to organize a Community Dialogue to engage in conversations about places for public gatherings, sustainable environments, our history, and the relevance of the Washington Monument to our own community and monuments.  The Community Dialogue will be held at the Virginia Center for Architecture on

June 13, 2012, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Virginia Center for Architecture

Click here for full details

World Peace & Other 4th Grade Achievements: Film Showing

On April 22, 2012, at 4 p.m., the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville will be showing  the film, World Peace & Other 4th Grade Achievements.  This will be a preview for the upcoming airings on Community Idea Stations/local public television stations to honor Education Week 2012, the first week of May.  Check your Community Idea Stations/local public television stations listings for showing schedule. 

Additional Showing --On May 8 (8 PM on WSVW), May 9 (10 PM) and May 20 (6 PM) on WCVE, your local public television stations will air, "World Peace and Other Fourth Grade Achievements". It is based on the world peace game. We hosted this film/dialogue event last November and highly recommend it for adults as well.

Upcoming Dialogue Facilitator Training

The next free (students and teachers) facilitator training will be on Friday, June 29 from 10 AM to 12:30 at VCU. This covers the Conversation Café model and difficult conflict dialogue techniques. An additional session (2 hours) is required of co-leading a dialogue with university students and includes a briefing before and a debriefing session after the dialogue. There will be opportunities for this during the following 3 weeks in July with Iraqi exchange students. See the following news story for details on the Iraqi summer program. After you register, the location will be given.  To sign up for this training, please send an email to Jacquelyn Pogue, or call and leave a message at 804-784-2626. Even if you do not hear back from us right away, there will be a spot reserved for you!

Dialogue and Deliberation Conference

We invite you to check out the website for details on the upcoming dialogue and deliberation conference in Seattle, October 12-14. It is a fantastic conference for meeting the international dialogue community and learning about new models and skills.

Summer Dialogue Program 2012 for Students Visiting from Iraq

The Summer Dialogue Program in 2011 was a resounding success.  The program has been approved to take place again in 2012. Amanda Davis of the Global Education Office at VCU is hosting its third annual Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP). This is a month long program in July involving a VCU course, cultural exchange visits, field trips, and a 4 session course in Dialogue. We invite you to assist in facilitating one or more of their dialogues. One of the students from last year, Salim, just returned from Oman as one of 18 students from 17 Arabic and Western countries representing Iraq for UNESCO's 5 day intercultural dialogue retreat. He continues to communicate with us about his dialogue work and raved about how incredible his experience was.

Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program Visit

For more photos from last year's program, click on News.

The photographs on this page and the article below are courtesy of: Global Education Office Virginia Commonwealth University

Past Events

Iraqi students volunteer in Richmond’s East End

Malikah and students

Iraqi student Dlveen says goodbye to the PPDC students, including Malikah (right).

“I have a best friend,” said Malikah, a 10-year-old student at Peter Paul Development Center (PPDC) in Richmond’s East End.

After only four meetings with Dlveen, Malikah clinged to her arm. Along with 24 other Iraqi students, Dlveen visited VCU for the month of July as a part of the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP), a program funded by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Dlveen agreed with Malikah about their new friendship. “I believe this is the best place in the universe,” she said of PPDC, an outreach and community center serving youth in Church Hill. “I’m really glad I got to help these kids.”

Annually, the VCU School of Mass Communications offers the selected IYLEP students academic coursework in social media studies, and the VCU Global Education Office leads the students on local trips and coordinates volunteer opportunities at locations like PPDC.

The group spent four Friday afternoons at PPDC with elementary-aged students sharing Iraqi culture, participating in dialogues, and simply acting like kids.

“All I knew about the U.S. was from the movies,” said Dlveen, an information technology student at the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani. “When I came here, everything was different.”

She explained her misunderstanding of socioeconomics in America.

“I didn’t believe that I would find people that didn’t have the ability to buy a book for their children.”

She and the group generously collected funds to give the center to pay for two days worth of lunches for the students.

During their third visit, they brought the PPDC students to VCU for a tour, and treated them to cake and gifts.

Salim and students

Iraqi student Salim (second from right) is surrounded by students from PPDC.

“I got to see their dorms and the library, said Jennelle, a 10-year old at PPDC. “Iraq is a good country. It’s important to learn about different countries and to try to speak their languages.”

“They have pretty clothes in gold and red, and the men look better than American men,” she insisted.

During their final visit, the students broke into groups for discussions led by facilitator Jacquelyn Pogue of Richmond Action Dialogues. Sitting around tables, the students from around the world shared ways they have overcome problems in tough situations.

“We tend to think of people being so different, but then there are some common threads in humanity like suffering, pain, loss and joy that all of these young people have in common,” says Reverend Lynn Washington of PPDC.

“[The partnership] allowed the urban children to think of the world in a bigger way and to allow them to know that they are a part of a bigger world, and that’s invaluable when your world is often limited to five miles.”

Before saying goodbye, the younger students shared their appreciation with handmade cards and speeches.

“Iraq is awesome,” Jada read aloud from her card. “Thank you so much for this awesome summer you gave me.”