From time to time we post upcoming events and gatherings that may be of interest to our members and supporters. Here’s what’s happening around the Twin Cities metro area in the next few weeks.
Ann Fessler Lecture: October 21
Friday, October 21, 2016, 1:00pm–2:00pm
Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD): Auditorium 150
More Information: MCAD President’s Lecture Series
From the lecture description:
Ann Fessler’s audio and video installations, artists’ books, photographs, and films have been shown widely in galleries, museums, and film festivals since the early 1980s.
In 2003 she was awarded a Radcliffe Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University to research and conduct interviews with women who lost children to adoption in the 1950s and 60s. The resulting book, The Girls Who Went Away (The Penguin Press), was chosen as one of the top five nonfiction books of 2006 by the National Book Critics Circle and received the Ballard Book Prize, given annually to a female author who makes a significant contribution to the dialogue about women’s rights. In 2012 her film, A GIRL LIKE HER, was released by Women Make Movies, NY. The film combines footage from educational films and newsreels about dating, sex, “illegitimate” pregnancy, and adoption from the time period, with the voices of the mothers as they speak today about the long-term impact of surrender and silence on their lives.
ASAC’s Sixth Biennial Conference: October 27-29
The Sixth Biennial Conference of the Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture will be at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Northstar Downtown Hotel from October 27-29, 2016. The theme of the conference is Building Communities, Changing Discourses. Program and additional information available here.
Day Retreat: November 12
Women who have relinquished a child to adoption are invited to the sixth annual day retreat for birthmothers, organized by members of Concerned United Birthparents and supported by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. It is hosted by Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Edina.
From the brochure:
Are you, or do you know someone who is, a mom who surrendered a child to adoption at any time in the past? This day retreat is a powerful opportunity for healing and understanding in the relinquishment/adoption experience and is open to women of all faiths.
November 12, 2016
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church – Edina
9:00am – 12:30pm (8:30am Mass, if desired)
Cost: $15, includes lunch, prayer service, speakers, and time to share
Questions: Call Erin (612-298-9369) or Gretchen (763-424-1430)
To Register: Contact Melissa Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or (952) 929-3317 x111