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Find recordings of some of our virtual and hybrid events here. For photos of in-person events, see the Media Gallery page.


Embracing Our Roots: Joshua Gillespie (Brotha Ase) and Nthoando & Vusumusi Zulu

October 15, 2022

Up and coming drummer and storyteller, Joshua Gillespie (Brotha Ase’) joins his grandparents, the master storytellers, Nothando and Vusumusi Zulu, in a conversation about the power of storytelling to lift our people up, and about the Black Storytellers Alliance in Minnesota, of which Nothando and Vusi are co-founding members.


Writer to Writer: Marcie Rendon & Leya Hale

September 13, 2022

Author and playwright Marcie Rendon (White Earth Nation) and documentary producer Leya Hale (Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota and Diné Nations) discuss issues that affect their Indigenous communities.


TEDx Talk: Carolyn Holbrook

In her TEDx talk, Carolyn Holbrook speaks on how she is a legacy of where she comes from and her personal belief that we live our legacy everyday.


Embracing Our Roots: T. Mychael Rambo & Jasmine McBride

June 14, 2022

Up and coming journalist, podcaster and spoken word artist, Jasmine McBride joins Emmy award winning actor, vocalist and educator, T. Mychael Rambo in a conversation about Mr. Rambo’s celebrated career here in Minnesota and beyond. They also reflect on Ms. McBride’s growing career.


Our Stories, Ourselves: Home & Exile

May 22, 2022

Somali author Ayaan Adan, Uruguayan author Tessa Bridal, genderqueer Afghani writer and professor of Global Studies Ahmad Qais Munhazim, and Hmong community leader Terri Thao have a discussion on what home and exile means to them.


Writer to Writer: Ed Bok Lee & Kevin Yang

May 4th, 2022

Writers Ed Bok Lee and Kevin Yang reflect on their identities as Asian American artists living in Minnesota and creating art for themselves vs. creating art for their communities and explore writing in different languages.


We Are Meant to Rise: The Poetry of Social Movements

April 30, 2022

Presented by TruArtSpeaks in collaboration with More Than A Single Story, this performance and panel discussion closed out poetry month with an invitation to “be a menace” for all things good, through the power of the written and spoken word.


Embracing Our Roots: Conversation with Genesia Williams and Mary Moore Easter

Mar. 17, 2022

Mary Moore Easter, author of four poetry books and Founder/Director of Carleton College’s dance program shares her experiences with Genesia Williams, a creative social change leader, writer and designer.


Embracing Our Roots: Conversation with John Wright and Brittany Delaney

Feb. 17, 2022

Spoken Word Artist/Arts Educator, Brittany Delaney joined Distinguished Professor Emeritus John S. Wright in a conversation about Dr. Wright’s storied career.


We Are Meant to Rise Reading

February 15, 2022

Reading from We Are Meant to Rise by Mary Moore Easter, Anika Fajardo, Ezekiel Joubert III & Mona Susan Power. This event was part of the Soul Bone Literary Festival from Maharishi International University’s MFA program in creative writing.


History Revealed: We Are Meant to Rise

January 13, 2022

This panel discussion highlights co-editors Carolyn Holbrook and David Mura alongside writers Marcie Rendon, Suleiman Adan and Kevin Yang as they talk about the book and their experiences as BIPOC writers.


We Are Meant to Rise: Book Launch Event

November 29, 2021

Our book launch for our new anthology We Are Meant to Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World. We hear from our co-editors Carolyn Holbrook and David Mura as well as writers Douglas Kearney, Kao Kalia Yang, Melissa Olson and Said Shaiye.


Embracing Our Roots: Alanna Morris-Van Tassel in conversation with Arleta Little and Elena Schoop

October 20, 2021


The Suitcases We Carry: An Afternoon With Haitian Women Writers

October 10, 2021.

Featuring Haitian authors Beaudelaine Pierre, Gabrielle Civil, Valerie Deus, Marie Cerat and Jaira Placide on the themes in Pierre’s new book “You May Have the Suitcase Now,” a collection of essays that explores home and exile, and all that we carry with us in our physical and psychological “suitcases.”

Moderator: Professor Zenzele Isoke.