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Community Voices Panel Discussion: Moderated by Barbara Hamm Lee

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Tues, Jul 18
6pm galleries open, 6:30pm discussion begins

Free

Join us for a panel discussion that will explore race, gender, identity in conjunction with our exhibition Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête. Moderated by Barbara Hamm Lee, host of Another View on WHRV 89.5, a call-in show that discusses today’s topics from an African-American perspective. MOCA’s exhibitions will be open before and after the panel discussion.

About the panelists:

Barbara Hamm Lee, host of Another View. Airing every Friday on Hampton Roads’ WHRV, the area’s publicly supported radio station, Another View  is a call-in show that discusses today’s topics from an African-American perspective. Mrs. Hamm Lee is also an active community leader and has been awarded many distinctions, including the 2010 Woman of Distinction; a Woman of Courage, Confidence and Character Award from the Girl Scout Council of Colonial Coast; the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities Humanitarian Award; the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award and the Volunteer of the Year Award, both from the Urban League of Hampton Roads.

Jennifer Chapman is a community volunteer and arts administrator from Virginia Beach, Virginia. Jennifer has her B.A. in Arts Administration and a Professional Certificate in Arts Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Jennifer is a member of WELLwomen Virginia Beach, Friends of Young Audiences Arts for Learning Virginia, Friends of the ViBe Creative District and tHRive, Young Professionals of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. Jennifer is the Hampton Roads Regional Coordinator for Richmond Ballet, The State Ballet of Virginia and is the co-organizer of Story Exchange, a community arts program sharing local stories through art.

Fawn Faulks is a graduate of Bayside High School in Virginia Beach, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from ITT-Technical School. Prior to retiring from the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office she rose to the rank of Corporal and supported various departments, including the Community Affairs Division. Fawn also lead the "Straight Talk from the Heart Program" and worked with youth in mentor programs at alternative schools, early childhood development centers, community based programs, and helped form the Sheriff’s Summer Camp program. Fawn's board positions include The Great Awakening United Church of Christ in Portsmouth, Virginia and she is currently Board Vice President of Hampton Roads Pride. Her mission and vision is to ensure diversity and inclusion where all are equally welcomed and valued, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Jennifer N. Fish is Chair of the Department of Women’s Studies at Old Dominion University. Her research focuses on women’s labor and migration in the informal economy, with an emphasis on societies in post-conflict transitions and transnational activism. Over the past fifteen years, she has worked with migrant domestic workers’ organizations throughout the world.  Her recent book, Domestic Workers of the World Unite!: A Global Movement for Dignity and Human Rights chronicles the international activism of domestic workers at the United Nations. Dr. Fish’s focus on social justice is largely informed by over twenty years of scholar-activism in South Africa, where she worked on human rights and education platforms that inform her first three books.  She has taken part in South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission process, and contributed research to the United Nations University, the International Labour Organization, Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS and a series of refugee and migrant organizations. As a public sociologist, she has conducted community-based research with students in Nepal, South Africa, Rwanda, Haiti and Senegal. Dr. Fish is a member of the Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) policy research organization at Harvard University and a Research Associate at the Social Law Project at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town.  Her research includes photographic documentation of global human rights issues, including the production of a film on the ILO policy victory for domestic workers and a current project on refugee resettlement in the US. 

Neisha Himes is a survivor of domestic violence and devoted advocate for awareness.  After leaving the toxic relationship in late 2012, she began telling her story years later via her gift of Spoken Word.  Known to the poetry community as ‘Beautiful Dizaster’, Neisha has performed on many stages, using her voice to turn pain into purpose.  Her courageous transparency soon led to requests to share her story on platforms such as: radio interviews, high school and college programs, domestic violence seminars and empowerment conferences.  Along with her speaking engagements, she began volunteering at a local shelter where she created a journaling group to encourage self-expression and healing through the arts.  In August 2016 she founded G.R.O.W. Foundation, Inc. (aka Girls Recognizing Our Worth), a 501c3 non-profit organization assisting victims and survivors of domestic violence with the resources needed to lead a safe life independent from abuse.  She later became certified as a Human Trafficking Victim Advocate with the Virginia Beach Justice Initiative and remains an active volunteer with the organization. The receiver of several accolades, Neisha was honored by Investigation Discovery Channel as ‘Hero of the Month’, highlighted by the PBS channel and performed as a keynote speaker for New York's Planned Parenthood headquarters. Her unwavering commitment and passion to help others is the driving force behind her mission to end domestic violence.

 

Barbara Hamm Lee
Barbara Hamm Lee
Jennifer Chapman
Jennifer Chapman
Fawn Faulks
Fawn Faulks
Jennifer N. Fish
Jennifer N. Fish
Neisha Himes
Neisha Himes