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 21: Diversity in STEM
This month’s panelists are Ambrose Jearld Jr. and Catalina Martinez. Gabriel Duran and Monét Murphy also appear on the program. The discussion focuses on the questions: “Why isn't there more racial diversity in the STEM fields?” and “How do we increase diversity in the STEM fields?” Ambrose Jearld Jr. spent over 39 years as a fisheries scientist and a decade as the Director of Academic Education at NOAA Fisheries in Woods Hole. Ambrose was the first chair of the Woods Hole Diversity Advisory Committee, a collaboration started in 2004 to promote diversity and inclusion throughout the scientific community in Woods Hole. He was also the Co-founder of the Partnership Education Program and served as its Director from its inception in 2009 until his retirement in 2016. In 2017, the Woods Hole scientific community launched an annual lectureship named in his honor. He frequently speaks on diversity in the earth sciences, including more academic perspectives, and how his upbringing has influenced his understanding of the world. Catalina Martinez is the Regional Program Manager for NOAA Ocean Exploration in Rhode Island. A certified diversity professional with three graduate degrees from the University of Rhode Island, Ms. Martinez began her ocean science career 20 years ago, helping to formalize and manage important regional NOAA partnerships, and spent many years working on telepresence-enabled expeditions to explore little-known and unknown ocean areas. Ms. Martinez also engages in various local, regional, and national efforts to mitigate the barriers to entry, persistence, advancement, and success for underrepresented and minoritized scholars into STEM fields. She has been honored with several awards for this work, including the URI Diversity Award for Staff/Administrator Excellence in Leadership and Service in 2010, and was recognized by the YWCA as one of their 2015 Women of Achievement in Rhode Island for promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity. In 2019, Ms. Martinez was awarded the Women of Color in STEM Diversity Leadership in Government Award for sustained leadership in creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive Federal workforce. Most recently, Ms. Martinez received the 2022 URI Graduate School of Oceanography Distinguished Achievement Award for excellence in professional achievement, leadership contributions, community service, and philanthropy. For More Information check out the articles below Hostile Obstacle Course article. https://www.nature.com/articles/s4156... NSF study. https://osf.io/xb57u/
Episode 20: Juneteenth
This month’s panelists are Barbara Burgo, L’Merchie Frazier, and Ambrose Jearld Jr. Mark Long, Robin Joyce Miller, Krissie Williams, and Sonia Tellier also appear on the program. The discussion focuses on the questions: “What is Juneteenth?” and “Why don’t we learn about Juneteenth?” Barbara Burgo is the Co-founder, Clerk and Curator of the Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum and Cultural Center in East Falmouth. Barbara was also Chair of the Barnstable County Human Rights Commission, Vice Chair of South Coastal Counties Legal Services, and former State President of American Association of University Women – MA. Barbara is a member of the NAACP Cape Cod and Massachusetts Women of Color Coalition. She also served for seven years as a Commissioner on the Brewster Housing Authority Commission. Visual activist, public historian and artist, innovator, poet and holographer, L’Merchie Frazier is Director of Education and Interpretation for the Museum of African American History, Boston/Nantucket and Executive Director of Creative Strategic Partnerships for SPOKE. She also serves as Director of Creative Engagement of the Transformative Action Project/Violence Transformed in the Public Health Advocacy Institute at Northeastern University. She has served the artistic community for over twenty years as an award winning national and international visual and performance artist and poet, with residencies in Brazil, Taiwan, Costa Rica, Africa, France, and Cuba. Her artworks are collected by the Smithsonian Institution, the White House, Museum of Arts and Design, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Dallas Museum of Art. She is a Boston Foundation Brother Thomas Fellow and Massachusetts Historical Society Fellow, a member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and has recently been appointed to the Massachusetts Arts Commission. L’Merchie was recently awarded the first Museum Educator Award by the Massachusetts Council on Social Studies. Ambrose Jearld Jr. spent over 39 years as a fisheries scientist and a decade as the Director of Academic Education at NOAA Fisheries in Woods Hole. Ambrose was the first chair of the Woods Hole Diversity Advisory Committee, a collaboration started in 2004 to promote diversity and inclusion throughout the scientific community in Woods Hole. He was also the Co-founder of the Partnership Education Program and served as its Director from its inception in 2009 until his retirement in 2016. In 2017, the Woods Hole scientific community launched an annual lectureship named in his honor. He speaks frequently on diversity in the earth sciences, including more perspectives in academia, and how his own upbringing has influenced his understanding of the world.
Episode 19: Racism in Politics
Joining the co-hosts for this episode of THE Conversation are Samuel Gebru and Shea Brown-Kirlew. Stephen Tom and Megan English Braga also appear on the program. The discussion in this episode of THE Conversation focuses on the questions: “Where do you see racism in politics?” and “How do we keep racism out of politics?”
Samuel M. Gebru is a social entrepreneur, community organizer, and professional troublemaker. He is the Managing Director of Black Lion Strategies, a boutique social impact and public affairs consulting firm, building on his 17 years of political and nonprofit experience in the United States and East Africa. Samuel is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Center for State Policy Analysis at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, where he contributes to policy research, programming, and partnerships.
Shea Brown-Kirlew, a Falmouth resident for nine years, is the owner of Falmouth Beauty Supply and More in Teaticket. Originally from Jamaica, she recently ran for the Falmouth School Committee in the Falmouth Town Elections on May 17th. Shea is the mother of nine children, from ages nine to 25.
Episode 18: Racism in the Curriculum
Joining the co-hosts for this episode of THE Conversation are Dr. Seyana Mawusi and Dr. Robert Antonucci. Matt Green and Liz Liles also appear on the program. The discussion in this episode of THE Conversation focuses on the questions: “How does racism influence what is taught in the classroom?” and “How/Why should the history of racism be taught in schools?”
Dr. Seyana Mawusi is an educator with an extensive background in leadership development, curriculum design, mindfulness, trauma, neuroscience education, racial equity, restorative and social justice. Dr. Mawusi received her doctorate and second master's degrees at Mills College, Oakland, CA. In Oakland and Philadelphia, She served as a college professor, principal coach, elementary and middle school principal, and director and founder of Luxor Academy, an Afrocentric school for students ages four to fifteen. Dr. Mawusi founded and is CEO of Intuitive Integrative Consultants, where she coaches, consults, and intuitively guides leaders locally and internationally to reinvent, rethink and reframe their next steps to enhance their lives personally and professionally. Her clients include school districts, human resource departments, and city agencies.
Dr. Robert Antonucci, a Falmouth resident, served as President of Fitchburg State University from 2003 to 2015, where he built a reputation for leadership both on and off-campus. He was named President Emeritus upon his retirement. He has also been the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education where he fundamentally reformed the state’s education finance system, school governance, curriculum development, and charter schools. Prior to that, he was the superintendent of schools in Falmouth for twelve years. Dr. Antonucci is an education consultant, a Town Meeting member, and is a member of several organizations including the Falmouth Service Center where he also serves as Chair of the Governance Committee. He also serves as Vice President of the Falmouth Road Race.
Episode 17: Racial Stereotypes
Joining the co-hosts for this episode of THE Conversation are Karen Rinaldo and Talia Landry. Chandler Alves, Sandra Faiman-Silva, and Sheri White also appear on the program. The discussion in this episode of THE Conversation focuses on the questions: “How do stereotypes perpetuate racism?” and “How do we address the issues of racial stereotypes?”
Artist Karen Rinaldo started her first gallery and studio on Scranton Avenue in Falmouth in 1972 and is currently co-owner of The Gallery on Main in Falmouth, now in its fifth year promoting the work of 25 local artists. Over the years, and with a dedication to historical-themed subjects, Karen became known as a "visual historian." Soon after arriving in Falmouth, Karen dedicated herself to active participation in the community, serving on many committees and boards and creating distinctive art for many of the town and region’s organizations and institutions. She celebrated the nation’s 1976 bicentennial by painting the history of Falmouth in a mural currently in the central hallway of Falmouth’s Town Hall. In 1995, she was commissioned by the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches to paint the first historically-accurate painting of The First Thanksgiving of 1621. In 2015, Karen was a recipient of the Falmouth Historical Society’s Heritage Award and currently sits on their Board of Directors. In 2019, Karen co-authored (with Kevin Doyle) and illustrated the book, In The Wake of the Mayflower.
Talia Landry, a Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Citizen, grew up in Mashpee and graduated from Mashpee High School in 2010. At 16 years old, she represented the tribe as the Mashpee Wampanoag Pow Wow Princess. She continued her education at Quinnipiac University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a focus on Broadcast Journalism and a minor in General Business in 2014. After graduation, Talia took on different roles for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, from Historic Preservation to the executive office of the vice-chair. Currently, Talia is within the tribe’s education department as Communications Coordinator, focusing on promoting educational/cultural programs for the tribal community and working on facilitating partnerships with state educational institutions to advocate and benefit Native American students. She also serves as the President of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community Development Corporation responsible for pursuing economic sustainability for the tribal nation. Talia is also the owner of the video production business, T Moon Productions, and is currently pursuing her MBA at UMass Dartmouth.
Episode 16: Racism and Sports
Joining the co-hosts for this episode of THE Conversation are nationally recognized guest panelists Richard Lapchick, Ph.D. and Jen Fry. Olympic Gold Medalist Colleen Coyne also appears on the program.
Human rights activist, pioneer for racial equality, internationally recognized expert on sports issues, scholar, and author Richard E. Lapchick, Ph.D. is often described as “the racial conscience of sport.” Dr. Lapchick became the only person named “One of the 100 Most Powerful People in Sport” to head up a sport management program. He is CEO of the Institute for Sport & Social Justice (ISSJ), formerly the National Consortium for Academics and Sports, and director of The DeVos Sport Business Management Program at the University of Central Florida. This landmark program focuses on the business skills necessary for graduates to conduct a successful career in the rapidly changing and dynamic sports industry. Recipient of numerous prestigious national and international awards and honorary degrees, Dr. Lapchick is considered among the nation’s experts on sport and social issues and has made multiple appearances on Good Morning America, Face The Nation, The Today Show, ABC World News, NBC Nightly News, the CBS Evening News, CNN, and ESPN. Author of 17 books, Dr. Lapchick is a regular columnist for ESPN.com and The Sports Business Journal. He has written more than 550 articles and has given more than 2,800 public speeches. He has spoken in the U.S. Congress, at the United Nations, in the European Parliament, and the Vatican. He was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame of the Commonwealth Nations in the category of Humanitarian along with Arthur Ashe and Nelson Mandela. In the Fall of 2021, he was named the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year.
Jen Fry is owner/CEO of JenFryTalks, a social justice education firm that uses conversation to educate and empower those within athletics through an anti-racist lens on issues of race, inclusion, intersectionality, diversity, and equity. Her clients include the NCAA, the Southeastern Conference (SEC), Harvard, Yale, Florida State University, Michigan State University, and UCLA. Jen Fry is a native of Arizona, a Division II athlete, and a veteran volleyball coach with over 15 years of experience at the collegiate level with coaching stints at Elon University, the University of Illinois (2011 National Runner-Up), Washington State University, and Norfolk State University. She became a social justice educator when she realized there was a need to educate our student-athletes of all ages and the administration, staff, and coaches who train them through an antiracist lens on issues of race, inclusion, intersectionality, diversity, and equity. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Geography at Michigan State University.
Episode 15: Racism and LGTBQ+
The fifteenth episode of THE Conversation investigates the intersection between racism and the LGTBQ+ community. Our hosts, The Reverend Will Mebane and Onjalé Scott Price, are joined by guests Scott Fitzmaurice and Kristen Garcia.
Kristen Garcia was born and raised on Cape Cod and has been enjoying exploring Boston for the past fourteen years after graduating with a B.A. in Music and Psychology. Whether with children or adults, Human Services has been a natural field of work. Often feeling a pull toward the Cape and queerness, she wanted to contribute to Thrive, as it is the place that aligns with many of her values and interests, and now is their Marketing and Design person. She’s looking forward to the return of dance parties and more bike rides.
Scott Fitzmaurice grew up on Cape Cod and he is the founder and executive director of WeThrive the LGBTQ and Ally community center serving Cape Cod and the islands. WeThrive was originally called CIGSYA: the Cape and Islands Gay and Straight Youth Alliance. Scott has worked as a life coach and professional development trainer across the country over the last 30 years. He also was an early member of the Freedom from Addiction Network, the Cape and Islands Suicide Prevention Coalition, and many other grassroots organizations. Scott has also worked with Melissa Weidman and Barbara Fitzmaurice to develop BeingRelevant - an initiative and curriculum around cultural competence with regard to overcoming ageism.
Jynn Cursino and Charles Evans also appear on the program.
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.