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Racial Healing: Coming to the Table for Truth Telling, Liberation, and Transformation

Broadcast on February 01, 2023
With Tom DeWolf
Hosted by Lisa Bonnice

Join Tom DeWolf as he shares the Coming to the Table approach to racial justice and healing with a focus on truth telling, liberation, and transformation. The integrated theories and practices of this approach are grounded in trauma awareness and resilience, conflict transformation, human security, spirituality, and restorative justice.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • An introduction to the Coming to Table Approach to racial healing and justice
  • How trauma awareness/resilience and restorative justice principles intersect with racial healing and justice
  • The circle processes and their value in truth telling, racial healing, and transformation
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Tom DeWolf

Author, Speaker, Trainer, Co-Manager of Coming to the Table

Tom DeWolf is an author, public speaker, trainer, and workshop facilitator, and, since 2013, has served as Director/Manager for Coming to the Table, where he now serves as co-manager with Jodie Geddes. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States speaking and leading training and workshops at colleges, universities, conferences, and other venues. He exposes hidden elements of history and shows how traumatic, unhealed wounds from the past continue to impact everyone today. Such wounds are expressed on campuses and elsewhere as racism, sexism, and other forms of intolerance, separation, and hierarchies of human value. With compassion and humor, Tom illuminates a path toward healing and a more hopeful future.

Tom is the author of Inheriting the Trade (Beacon Press, 2008), the story of his experiences in the making of the Emmy-nominated, PBS documentary, Traces of the Trade, and co-author, with Sharon Leslie Morgan, of Gather at the Table (Beacon Press, 2012), which won the Phillis Wheatley Award for Best Nonfiction/Biography & Memoir in 2013. The African American Jazz Caucus awarded Tom the 2012 Spirit of Freedom Award for Social Justice. Tom is also co-author, with Jodie Geddes, of The Little Book of Racial Healing (Skyhorse, 2019).

Tom DeWolf