Steele County Historical Society Presents What is the Matter? Black Lives, All Lives & Democracy

The Steele County Historical Society will offer What is the Matter? , a presentation in the SCHS History in the Making series, on Thursday, January 19, 7:00 PM at the Steele County History Center.  Andre Koen of Am Horizons will lead the discussion exploring the historical rationale for making the statement, “Black Lives Matter.” Interviews from professionals in the field of psychology, career educators and common folks from the streets will examine the push and pull factors that ask us to think critically when we say “Black Lives Matter” and “All Lives Matter.” When we think of social change it is easy to be miscopic, we will examine tricks used to distract social movements from staying on mission. All Lives matter and it is important for us to do critical analysis of why this concept has come to light during the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Andre Koen is an energetic presenter, a powerful communicator, and a dynamic teacher. He provides face-to-face and online courses on diversity education including leadership development, empowerment training, cross-cultural competence, sensitivity training, anti-racism training and team building. His weekly blog includes ideas for controlling, removing, and fighting discrimination.  Andre works to move people’s behaviors, not by pushing them or making them feel guilty, but by dissecting, analyzing and making meaning of the issues that challenge us in a fair, balanced way that people can hear and understand. He motivates individuals to create something collaboratively.

“Andre has a unique way of communicating, enabling us to drop our defense mechanisms and fear ensuring they do not get in the way of learning about diversity and inclusion,” said Stephanie Kibler, Manager of Meetings and Special Events.  “I have worked with Andre for ten years and he never fails to bring forth difficult topics in a meaningful and eye-opening manner.  His style, humor and delivery enhances the message he has to share.”

Admission to the lecture is free for SCHS members and $5 for non-members. The History Center, located at 1700 Austin Road, Owatonna, is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am until 4 pm, Thursdays from 10 am until 8 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am until 3 pm. For more information, please call our office at 507-451-1420.

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