This conference was inadvertently scheduled on a Jewish High Holy Day, Rosh Hashanah, celebrated on September 21 and 22, 2017. This happened because we had neglected to think about the need to include Jewish participants, and did not realize that we needed to check the calendar for conflicts with major Jewish holidays. We apologize for inadvertently contributing to systemic anti-Semitic exclusion of Jewish people from events, conferences, community, and conversations. On behalf of Breaking Silences, this will not happen again. In the future, we will make sure to do due diligence about scheduling and other potential barriers to Jewish participation.
In the future the Breaking Silences Conference Planning committee will check for conflicts with Jewish holidays via calendars and consulting with the Jewish community. We will assure availability of kosher food and seek locations that are within walking distance of the conference if any part of the conference occurs on Shabbat. We would also welcome members of the Jewish community to join the Breaking Silences Conference planning committee, while we continue to take responsibility for inclusion efforts.
For those interested in accessing this year’s conference materials, we will be uploading materials as permitted per presenters to Core Scholar which can be accessed at http://corescholar.libraries.wright.edu.
This year’s Breaking Silences conference continues into September 23 and 24 which does not conflict Rosh Hashanah. Registration is available online until conference day and then onsite after that for those who wish to attend Saturday and / or Sunday. Remote access will also be available for all sessions. There is no charge for virtual attendance, however, offerings towards supporting continued efforts to expand inclusion efforts will be welcome. Remote access can be found on the Breaking Silences website.
Again, we will be recording events per presenters’ permission and uploading to Core Scholar at the conclusion of the conference. We expect this will take some time as we will be transcribing events and adding closed captioning. Please be patient as this is all being done using volunteers and does take some time.
We thank everyone who reached out to us about this oversight, and we look forward to broadening our inclusion efforts going forward.
Gratitude and solidarity
Breaking Silences Committee