In an effort to open dialogue and work to educate our community on issues of racial justice, Falmouth Community Television (FCTV) presents a new program entitled THE Conversation.
Co-hosted and co-produced with FCTV by The Rev. Will Mebane and Onjalé Scott Price, the program provides a timely dialogue on race with a local focus.
Episode 14: Racism and Immigration
Episode 13: Racism and Affordable Housing
Joining the co-hosts for this episode of THE Conversation are guest panelists Tara Vargas Wallace and Wendy Cullinan. Bobbi Richards and Jordan Frye also appear on the program. The discussion in this episode of THE Conversation focuses on the questions: “How does racism exacerbate our affordable housing crisis?” and “What are the mechanisms or ideas to mitigate racism in affordable housing?”
Tara Vargas Wallace has over twenty years of experience in social services for agencies such as HAC, Independence House, and the Department Of Transitional Assistance. Her experience has been in working with marginalized populations with severe socioeconomic challenges; homelessness, family trauma, addiction and recovery, domestic and sexual violence, barriers to employment, and food insecurity. It is through this work that she has developed strong community partnerships which have been instrumental in strengthening community awareness for the hard to serve populations. She is a community advocate and social justice activist both on a local and state level. Tara is the founder and CEO of Amplify POC. She also serves on the boards of Housing Assistance Corporation, NAACP- Cape Cod Branch, Massachusetts Women of Color Coalition, MLK Jr. Action Team, People Against Trafficking Humans.
Wendy Cullinan is the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod. Before taking over that position in 2020, Wendy served as the organization’s resource development director. Prior to her position at Habitat for Humanity, Wendy worked as a consultant for several Cape Cod non-profits including, the National Marine Life Center, Association to Preserve Cape Cod, Woods Hole Research Center, and Gosnold Treatment Center. She is an ongoing member of Philanthropy Partners of the Cape and Islands and has served for several years on the Philanthropy Day planning committee. Wendy raised her family in Sandwich, where she was a volunteer in many school programs, taught Art History, and was a member of the School Council.
Episode 12: Racism and the Tourism Industry
Joining the co-hosts for the twelfth episode of THE Conversation are guest panelists India Rose and Michael Kasparian. Erik Albert, Jerry Lassos, and Olivia Masih White also appear on the program. The discussion in this edition of THE Conversation focuses on the questions: “Where do you find racism in the tourist industry?” and “How can we address racism in the tourist industry?”
Episode 11: Racism and The Arts
Joining the co-hosts for the eleventh episode of THE Conversation are guest panelists Mwalim Peters and Robin Joyce Miller. Vasco Pires and Zyg Peters also appear on the program. The discussion in this edition of THE Conversation focuses on the questions: “Where do we find racism in the arts?” and “How can we address racism through art?”
Episode 10: Racism and the Justice System
Joining the co-hosts for the tenth episode of THE Conversation are guest panelists Miranda Alves and Robert Cutts. Rev. Nell Fields, Brenda Nolan, and Robert Mascali also appear on the program. The discussion in this edition of THE Conversation focuses on the questions: “What are the root causes of racism in the justice system?” and “How do we eradicate racism in the justice system?”
Episode 9: Racism in Education
Joining the co-hosts for the ninth episode of THE Conversation are guest panelists Kevin Murray and Dr. Seyana Mawusi. Lindsey Scott and Anna Fernandes also appear on the program. The discussion in this edition of THE Conversation focuses on the questions: “How does racism exist in our education system?” and “How do we eliminate racism in schools?”
Episode 8: Race and Religion
Joining the co-hosts for the eighth episode of THE Conversation are guest panelists The Rev. David Kohlmeier, Robin Joyce Miller, and The Rev. Natalie E. Thomas. Rabbi Elias Lieberman, The Rev. Nell Fields, and Carrie Fradkin also appear on the program. The discussion in this edition of THE Conversation primarily focuses on two questions: “How does religion perpetuate racism and racist stereotypes?” and “What is the role of religious institutions in addressing racism?”
Episode Six and Seven: Talking Across The Aisle (Part 1 and 2)
Joining the co-hosts for the sixth episode of THE Conversation are guest panelists Ewell Hopkins, Troy Clarkson, and Dr. Donna Jackson. Ethan Peal, Paul Rifkin, Ken Armstead, and Gina Brown also appear on the program. The discussion in this edition of THE Conversation primarily focuses on two questions: “What role did race play in the events at the Capitol?” and “How do we overcome our deep divisions in our country?”
Episode Five: Racial Disparities in Healthcare
Joining the co-hosts for the fifth episode of THE Conversation are guest panelists Joseph Burns, David Hufford, Ph.D., and Gwyneth Packard. Paul Courtney and Marie Younger Blackburn also appear on the program. This edition of THE Conversation focuses on two topics: “Where do you see racial disparities in the delivery of healthcare?” and “How might we address racial disparities in healthcare?”
A freelance journalist currently living in Brewster, Joseph Burns is the health insurance topic leader for the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) and contributes to AHCJ’s Covering Health blog. He also writes about health policy and the business of health care for a variety of publications. As a writer and editor, Mr. Burns has covered health care since 1991 for various organizations, including The Commonwealth Fund, the National Alliance for Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, and others. From 1991 to 1994, he was editor-in-chief of Business & Health magazine. Mr. Burns was the founding editor of The Financial Manager, a magazine for accountants and other business strategists. Before 1991, he worked as an editor for The Hartford Courant, and he taught news writing at the University of Connecticut.
David Hufford, Ph.D., is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Pennsylvania where he received his Ph.D. His specialty is culture and health. While at the university, he was a professor of Behavioral Science and was the Chair of the Medical Humanities department with joint appointments in Family Medicine and Psychiatry from 1974 to 2007. After his retirement from the university, Dr. Hufford was named a Senior Fellow at Samueli Medical Institute from 2008 to 2015. He is now retired and living in Media, PA.
Gwyneth Packard moved to the area in 1991 for a twelve-week internship and stayed, making her home here and raising a family. Ms. Packard is one of the leaders of Engage Falmouth and a co-Chair of the Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. As a biracial female in engineering, Ms. Packard works at advocating for women in STEM. She is an organizer for the Maria Mitchell Women of Science Symposium with the Maria Mitchell Association and participates in efforts such as Black in Marine Science Week.
The Latest Episode, Episode Four:
Joining the co-hosts for the fourth episode of THE Conversation are guest panelists Talia Landry, Julianne Vanderhoop, and Jerry Lassos . Matt Lilles and Andre Price also appear on the program.
This edition of THE Conversation focuses on two topics: “Do you see racism in the celebration of Columbus Day and Thanksgiving?” and “How should we locally in the Commonwealth and across the nation best acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of indigenous people?”
Talia Landry grew up in Mashpee and is a 2010 graduate of Mashpee High School. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Communications at Quinnipiac University, Talia took on different roles for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and is currently President of the Tribe's Community and Development Corporation Board of Directors. Talia is presently the Productions Manager for MashpeeTV and has created the tribal news segment, First Light News. She is one of the filmmakers of the documentary Mashpee Nine.
Julianne Vanderhoop is a member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah). A mother of two and former pilot and flight instructor, Julianne serves on the Town of Aquinnah Select Board and the Wampanoag Tribal Education Committee. An accomplished baker, Julianne founded the Orange Peel Bakery in 2008 by constructing a traditional outdoor, wood-fired oven.
Jerry Lassos is from Venice, California, and is a member of the Tongva indigenous people of Los Angeles. After graduating from California State Northridge as an education major, he served in the Air Force, then attended the University of Colorado and earned his Master’s Degree. After a career as an educator in Colorado’s Jefferson County Schools, he became a founding board member and chairman of the West Denver Prep Charter School. He co-created a service for students called Indigenous Students Leap Ahead.
Rev. Mebane is the rector of Falmouth’s St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Ms. Scott Price is the COO of Mizar Imaging in Woods Hole, and a member of the Woods Hole Diversity Advisory Committee.
Joining the co-hosts for THE Conversation’s premiere are guest panelists Robert Antonucci, Adam Subhas, and Olivia Masih White. Also appearing on the program are Sue O'Brien, Diane Jemmott, and Henry St. Julien.
The inaugural program focuses on two topics, “When you hear Black Lives Matter, what does that mean to you?” and “How and why is this moment different from other periods of change?”
The first episode of THE Conversation will run on FCTV Public Channel 13 on Friday, August 21 at 6:00 PM; Sunday, August 23 at 8:00 PM; Monday, August 24 at 8:00 AM; and Wednesday, August 25 at 11:00 AM.
Joining the co-hosts for the second episode of THE Conversation are guest panelists Sandra Faiman-Silva, Meghan Hanawalt, and Carmina Mock. Also appearing on the program are Gabriel Duran, George Liles, and Donna Jackson. This edition of THE Conversation focuses on two topics, “When you hear the term ‘White Privilege,’ what does that mean to you?” and “Why do you think it is hard for white people to have a conversation about racism?”
Sandra Faiman-Silva has lived in Falmouth since 1984 and retired in 2014 as a Professor of Anthropology at Bridgewater State University where she taught for more than thirty years. Her areas of expertise include Native North America, Latin America, political economy, women’s and gender studies, race and ethnicity.
Meghan Hanawalt has lived in East Falmouth since 2004. She is a town meeting member for Precinct 8, Co-chair of the Affirmative Action & Diversity Committee, Treasurer for the Falmouth League of Women Voters and one of three organizers of Racial Justice Falmouth.
Born in Spain, a mother of six and grandmother of six, Carmina Mock exiled from Franco's fascist Spain to Holland in 1976 and moved to Falmouth twenty years ago. For several years she has been active in promoting women's rights and racial justice.
Joining the co-hosts for the third episode of THE Conversation are guest panelists Mark Long, Ph.D.; Lynne Rhodes; and Joanna McWilliam. Also appearing on the program are Joel Smith and Lionel Hall. This edition of THE Conversation focuses on two topics, “What concerns, if any, do you have about voter suppression as it pertains to race and racism?” and “How do you motivate people to vote in light of voter suppression efforts?”
Mark Long holds a Ph.D. in history from Loyola University Chicago and a B.A. in political science from Auburn University. His research areas and interests include the intersections between maritime, economic and environmental history and policy, especially focused on frontier and borderland areas.
Lynne Rhodes is a native of Falmouth who majored in Social Work and Human Development in college. She is a member of the Town of Falmouth Affirmative Action/Diversity Committee and was elected as a Town Meeting Member for Precinct 8. She was also elected to the Falmouth Democratic Town Committee’s Executive Board and is an Executive Board member for the Cape Cod branch of the NAACP.
A civil rights and voting rights activist who trained with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Jesse Jackson; Andrew Young; and others as a member of the SCOPE (Summer Community Organization and Political Education) program in the 1960’s, Joanna McWilliams has a Master’s Degree in African Studies from Boston University. After living and working as an activist and educator in Nigeria, South Boston, New York, India, and Kenya, she retired to Cape Cod in 2010.
The premiere of episode three of THE Conversation will be Sunday, November 1 at 9:00 PM on FCTV Public Channel 13. The program can also be viewed Monday, November 2 at 8:00 AM; and Wednesday, November 4 at 11:00 AM; and Friday, November 5 at 6:00 PM. Channel 13 is also streamed live via FCTV’s website at www.fctv.org, and the program will also be available for viewing on-demand on the website, FCTV’s Facebook page, and YouTube channel.