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Marianne Modica, author of The R Word, will be chairing a session entitled, “Shifting Constructions of Race Among Children in Learning Spaces” in November during the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Montreal. The session is sponsored by the Council on Anthropology & Education. She and her team from Rutgers University will present and lead discussion on such subtopics as “Reading Race: Analysis of Preschool-Age Children Interpretations of Racialized Picturebooks,” “Fifth Grade Students Interrogate ‘Sameness’ Through the Lens of The Giver,” and “Multiculturalism’s Unruly Subjects: Undermining and Reimagining Racialized Grammar In School.”

The CAE seeks to “advance anti-oppressive, socially equitable, and racially just solutions to educational problems through research using anthropological perspectives, theories, methods, and findings.”

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Youth leaders interested in attending the Spiritual Coaching Seminar with Daniel McNaughton in Buffalo will now have the option to participate in a Youth Leader track. Claude Valdes, Jr., Executive Pastor at Word of Life Assembly of God in Baldwinsville, New York, will be conducting the training for youth leaders. Claude is collaborating with Daniel on the forthcoming booklet, First Steps: Youth Edition, which is expected to be available by mid-October. McNaughton and Valdes are also working on a Learning to Follow Jesus: Youth Edition.

Those interested in attending the Spiritual Coaching Seminar can find more information on the event page, here.

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The students, faculty, and staff of Valley Forge Christian College will host Marianne Modica as she reads excerpts of her young-adult novel, The R Word, during the chapel service on Monday, September 19. Modica, an assistant professor of Early Childhood Education at VFCC and a PhD student in Childhood Studies at Rutgers University, will discuss the subtle ways racism exists in today’s society, and will reflect on what the teachings of Jesus say to us about present day race relations.