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Symposium Schedule


Friday, April 17, 2015   //   9:00am - 4:30pm

9:00am  //  Registration

9:30am -10:00am  //  Welcome Remarks (Room 105)

10:00am - 11:15am  // 
Keynote: "State of Lao(tian) Americans: A reflection on 40 Years of Resettlement and Community Development in the United States" - Phitsamay Sychitkokhong Uy, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts-Lowell (Room 105)

11:30am - 1:00pm  //  Lunch (Room 105 and 107)

1:00pm - 2:30pm  //  Documenting Lao America: Narrating Ethnicity and Cultural Memories: Perspectives on Lao American History and Experiences. (Room 105)
Discussant: Channapha Khamvongsa

  • Lao Oral History Archive // panelist Vinya Sysamouth

  • Lao Diaspora Project // panelist Chanida Phaengdara Potter

  • Laos in the House // panelist Catzie Vilayphonh

  • Immigrant Stories and Digital Archives // panelist Saengmany Ratsabout

2:45pm - 4:15pm  //  Lao American Literary Journeys (Room 105)
Discussant: Bryan Thao Worra

  • Adisack Nhouyvanisvong, Satjadham Literary Journal

  • Chanida Phaengdara Potter, Little Laos on the Prairie blog

  • Ova Saopeng, TeAda Productions

  • Saymoukda Vongsay, Refugenius Productions

4:15pm - 4:45pm  //  Closing Remarks (Room 105)

Dinner on your own. 




Summit Schedule


Saturday April 18, 2015  //  9:30am - 3:00pm

9:30am -10:00am  //  Registration and Welcome Remarks (Room 105)

10:00am - 11:00am  //  Workshop Sessions I

  • "From Refugee Nation to Kung Fu Zombies: Lao American Theater-making on the American Stage" is an interactive workshop featuring Saymoukda Vongsay and Ova Saopeng (Room 105)

  • “Staying Relevant, Why Lao Culture Matters:  How the Kinnaly Dance and Music Troupe continues to thrive/manages to survive within a growing/expanding/flourishing/evolving community." featuring William Phon Khampradith and Latana Jennifer Thaviseth (Room 107)


11:00am - 12:00pm //  Workshop Sessions II

  • Say What? How to Ask the Right Interview Questions and Capture Stories featuring Catzie Vilayphonh (Room 107)

    • In this workshop, Catzie Vilayphonh shares the inquisitive techniques she's used on unsuspecting strangers, grandmoms, and teenagers while capturing stories for Laos In The House. She'll lead with questions and feed some answers to get the juicy details without turning your interviews into interrogations. The only thing she asks of you is to be honest.

  • Be Lao'd: Blogging & Social Media as Empowering Communication Tools featuring Chanida Phaengdara Potter (Room 105)

    • Through citizen-based journalism, today's social media age drives some of the most important conversations of our time. Using Little Laos on the Prairie as a case study, live examples and social media tools; this mini-workshop will get into do's and don'ts, when, why and how to use social media to tell a power story in your work, community and daily life."

12:00pm -1:00pm  //  Lunch (Room 105 and 107)

1:00pm - 2:00pm  //  Closing Panel (Room 105)

  • Satjadham 20th Anniversary, Reflections and Directions


2:00pm - 2:30pm  //  Concluding Session (Room 105)

  • Sharing Forward: Between Now and 2020

5:00pm - 8:00pm  //  Closing reception at Co Exhibitions
Hosted by Bryan Thao Worra with special *performances and presentations by:

  • Kinnaly Dance

  • Saengmany Ratsabout

  • TeAda Productions

  • Catzie Vilayphonh

  • Linda Pharathikoune

  • Krysada "Binly" Panusith Phounsiri

  • Nor Sanavongsay

  • Bidone Salima

  • Kulap Vilaysack

  • Adisack Nhouyvanisvong

  • Saymoukda Vongsay

  • Bryan Thao Worra

  • Souvankham Thammavongsa

  • Ketsana Vilaylack


Co Exhibitions Gallery is located at 1101 Stinson Blvd NE #2, Minneapolis, MN

*closing reception programming subject to change

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