Invites you to attend our August 2020 lunch seminar:

Radical Listening, Race Talking:
How to Listen and Talk about Race in Families

A Seminar with Dr. Ralina Joseph, PhD

When: Tuesday, August 25, 2020, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Where: This seminar will be presently remotely through Zoom; link to be provided

RSVP: through Member 365 (preferred if you are a MAMA member) or by email to


Since early Spring 2020 the global pandemic and resulting quarantine has meant that most of us have lost a daily tactile connection with all except our immediate families. And yet the quarantine provides families with the opportunity to engage in the process of radical listening, slowing down to hear what a speaker intends as their meaning, not what you, the listener, are filtering through as your own desires.

But this listening is painful and complicated in very different ways for Black mothers, White mothers, and other non-Black mothers of color, as we attempt to make sense of the senseless for ourselves and our families. How do we engage in radical listening about the fact that communities of color have not experienced this pandemic equally, as the racism that has long infected our country disproportionately infects those with COVID-19? How do we process family dialogues about the murder of a Black man named George Floyd, who continues to die on our screens for nearly nine minutes while he begged for his life? How do we talk about the protests that ring out across the country about his murder, and those of other African Americans such as Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Aubrey, that ignited again what was already live in our country: a rage, grief and resistance against racism?

The goal of this workshop is to teach mothers to become radical listeners in their families, those who listen across and against bias for the greater purpose of interrupting bias.  The workshop will address the following questions: How do we engage our children and partners in meaningful dialogues about race so that we can truly hear each other? How do we learn how to genuinely listen to stories of race, of gender, of disability, of sexuality, when they might be so different from our own, and when they might, in fact, press upon our own biases? How do those of us who hold these stories of difference, the stories that are often hard to tell, figure out how, and when, and in what circumstances to tell our stories?   

Scholar, teacher, author, and facilitator of race, equity, difference and communication, Dr. Ralina L. Joseph, received her B.A. in American Civilization from Brown University and M.A. and Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego. She has worked as a professor of Communication at the University of Washington in Seattle since 2005, and as the founding director of the Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity (CCDE) since 2015. Her books and articles probe questions of race and racism in our world today. Her teaching and facilitation seek to answer these questions by providing tangible tools to change the world around us. She is on the editorial boards of five journals as well as the University of Washington Press. More at


MAMA Seattle would like to thank our

Platinum sponsors:

Foster Garvey PC

K&L Gates LLP


Gold sponsors:

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Gordon Tilden Thomas & Cordell LLP

Keller Rohrback LLP

Perkins Coie LLP

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Skellenger Bender PS

Summit Law Group PLLC


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August 2020 Lunch Seminar: Radical Listening

  • Tuesday Aug 25 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Zoom