We Will Rise Summit We Will Rise Summit

Plenary Session

Friday, February 26, 2021

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We Will Rise Conversation Series with Ellice Patterson

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If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." -Toni Morrison

Join Founder and Executive/Artistic Director of Abilities Dance Boston, Ellice Patterson, in discussion with Boston Conservatory at Berklee's Assistant Professor of Dance, Marianne Harkless Diabate, for an engaging conversation about empowerment and healing through dance. Learn about Ellice's journey in writing a book that had yet to be written using the modality of dance, and the intersectional nature of Ellice's work to break barriers and reframe conceptualizations of race, gender, and disability. 

Saturday, February 27, 2021

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We Will Rise Conversation Series with Bryan Terrell Clark

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Join actor, singer, songwriter, and producer Bryan Terrell Clark in discussion with Boston Conservatory at Berklee's Assistant Professor of Theater, Pascale Florestal, for an interactive and engaging exploration of Black identity in theatre, television, and the music industry. Listen to Bryan discuss his experiences on Broadway in iconic hits such as Hamilton and Motown: The Musical, while learning about his career journey, various entrepreneurial pursuits, and his personal commitment to social change and activist work.

Bryan asks you to come in, ready to be real. This is a space to process and unpack our humanity and truths together - without judgment - giving voice to the hard questions and new realities of the time.

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We Will Rise Conversation Series with Anthony R. Green & Ashleigh Gordon

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Join the co-founders of Castle of Our Skins, Anthony R. Green and Ashleigh Gordon, in discussion with Boston Conservatory at Berklee's Chair of Composition, Contemporary Music, and Core Studies, Jonathan Bailey Holland, for a timely discussion on celebrating Black artistry through music. Learn about how Castle of Our Skins utilizes music to explore the histories of unsung and celebrated figures, and illustrate the breadth and depth of Black culture through intergenerational and interdisciplinary offerings. 

Anthony and Ashleigh will offer insight into their unique approaches to advocate for social change and engage with social justice work across the globe. 

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We Will Rise Conversation Series with Aysha Upchurch

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Join Aysha Upchurch in conversation with Berklee College of Music's Assistant Chair of Ensembles, Queen D. Scott, for an authentic and vibrant discussion about utilizing your passion for radical change. Learn about Aysha and the many hats she wears as a dancer, choreographer, educator, entrepreneur, and consultant, in addition to what it means to be D.Ø.P.E. - dismantling oppression, pushing education - through hip hop, performance art, and innovative creation and design.