Declaring Freedom, Day 3

Friday, March 15

The America 250 | CT Commission hosted the Declaring Freedom Conference in collaboration with the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies (days 1 & 2) and the Association for the Study of Connecticut History (day 4). Day 3 introduced the mission and the vision of the commission to a broader audience and engaged in meaningful conversation about the America 250 | CT themes.


Governor Keynote and Commission Introduction

  • Keynote Address, Governor Ned Lamont
  • Overview of Declaring Freedom Conference, Matt Warshauer & Amrys Williams
  • America 250 | CT Mission and Vision, Jason Mancini
  • Commission Resources Available and Forthcoming, Cyndi Tolosa

Panel Discussion: Hidden in Plain Sight: Telling Inclusive Stories
Recording | Presenter Bios | Graphic Notes

  • Moderator: Frank Mitchell, Ph.D., Author and Consultant
  • Panelists: Philippe Halbert, Wadsworth Atheneum
  • Mike Keo, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
  • Steven Peters, Smoke Sygnals

Panel Discussion: Sacred Ground: Our History & the Power of Place
Recording | Presenter Bios | Graphic Notes

  • Moderator: Kolton Harris, CT Office of the Arts
  • Panelists: Jason Mancini, CT Humanities
  • Nakai Northup, Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
  • Nicole Thomas, CT Landmarks

Panel Discussion: Doing History: Hands on Strategies to Bring History Alive 
Recording | Presenter Bios | Graphic Notes

  • Moderator: Andy Horowitz, State Historian
  • Panelists: Rhonan Mokriski, Teacher of Coloring Our Past at Salisbury School
  • Valerie Tutson, Rhode Island Black Storytellers
  • Fiona Vernal, University of Connecticut

Panel Discussion: We Hold Some Truths to Be Self-Evident: For the Common Good  
Recording | Presenter Bios | Graphic Notes Version A | Version B

  • Moderator: Merle McGee, Everyday Democracy
  • Participant: Ramin Ganeshram, Westport Museum for History and Culture

Panel Discussion: Marketing Your America 250 | CT Story
Recording | Presenter Bios

  • Moderators: Anthony Anthony, Chief Marketing Officer
  • Ellen Woolf, Brand Director
  • Panelists: Liz Salvatore, Fox61
  • Alex Taylor, Alex P. Taylor 1 Media

Graphic notes created by Raheem Nelson

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