Symposium with Multiple NC Fellows Groups Held in Raleigh
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Several fellowship groups in North Carolina gathered on May 16 in Raleigh to host a group of Eisenhower Fellows from the Island of Ireland at the invitation of Friday Fellow Peter Skillern (Class of 1997).
(Left-right, Sarah Verbiest and Christine Kushner)
Peter joins Anita Brown-Graham (Class of 1997) and Raj Narayan (Class of 2011) as one of a few Friday Fellows who are also Eisenhower and Marshall Fellows. Raj also works with the Kenan Fellows program at NC State University.
This gathering developed into a symposium on the theme of working together across difference and an exploration of intersectionality in a global setting.
Anita and Friday Fellow Danny Ellis (Class of 2008) spoke to the group as part of an agenda that included the General Secretary of the Irish Council of Churches and Ireland's Ambassador to Ethiopia, South Sudan, Djibouti, the African Union and IGAD.
The agenda was full of significant and interesting titles, yet it was this unique opportunity to be in the same room listening to a diversity of global experiences -- each attempting to bridge some difference -- that resonated at the heart of all Friday Fellows' common bond.
(Left to right, Jean Davis, LaTanya Pattillo, Eimear Cotter, Kimberly Perry Sanderlin)
This video shared by Anita in the day's materials demonstrates how people in Haywood County, North Carolina who are seemingly on opposite sides of an issue -- or who feel the impact of a situation differently -- work together. Click here for the video.
Enjoy a few more photos from the day on Instagram here. It was great opportunity for Friday Fellows to connect with each other and other fellowship groups in the state.
(Left to right, Danny Ellis, Raj Narayan, Peter Skillern)
Many thanks to Peter for leading the charge to make this gathering happen.