The following is a republished press release from Ithaca Coalition for Unity and Cooperation in the Middle East and NOT written by The Ithaca Voice. To submit community announcements directly to The Voice, email tips@ithacavoice.com.

How should children from kindergarten to 12th grade be educated on topics like human rights? On March 7, Ithaca City School Superintendent Luvelle Brown and Chief Academic Officer Liddy Coyle will discuss the district’s approach to engaging, educating, and empowering students, at the Ithaca Coalition for Unity and Cooperation’s (ICUCME) Dinner Conversation Series. A community conversation exploring curriculum development and human rights education will follow Dr. Brown’s remarks. The free event will begin at 6:30 pm with a vegetarian pot-luck at TheSpace@Greenstar and all are welcome.

“The transdisciplinary teaching and learning that is expanding in our school district is exciting and producing amazing results for young people,” said Dr. Brown. “I look forward to sharing details about the development and implementation process.”

“Human rights are of vital importance to Ithacans, and how our children are educated about human rights is of great concern,” said Linda Glaser, chair of ICUCME. “We’re looking forward to hearing about the approach in Ithaca’s schools and having the chance to share our thoughts with district administrators.”

Dr. Brown has served as Superintendent of the Ithaca City School District since January 2011. Prior to arriving in Ithaca, Dr. Brown had experiences as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, school CIO, and district-level leader in Virginia. He is the 2017 New York State Superintendent of the Year.

The ICUCME Dinner Conversation Series was launched in August 2016 with the goal of bringing together members of the diverse Ithaca community to explore important topics in a relaxed, intimate setting. Past Dinner Conversations have included a “Cleaning the Hate” event in Cass Park, a discussion on “Faith and Dialogue” with remarks by Rev. Jane Thickstun, First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, and other community conversations on “Finding Common Ground” and “Beliefs, Facts and Emotions.” The Dinner Conversations often include a fun component, such as music by the Cornell University Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, Middle Eastern dancing, or making origami “kindness” boxes. The April event will explore Islamophobia and antisemitism in the U.S.

ICUCME is a grass-roots anti-racist community organization working to bring a constructive approach into dialogue about Israel and the Middle East. As a non-partisan organization, ICUCME embraces fact-based, respectful dialogue, mutual recognition, and cooperation to promote understanding and support peace.

Please RSVP at bit.ly/dinnerconversation. For more information, email ithacacucme@gmail.com or see ICUCME’s Facebook page at facebook.com/IthacaCoalition.

Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at koconnor@ithacavoice.com and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.