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Ageist? Racist? Who, Me? A Community Conversation with Ashton Applewhite and Molly Matthias

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


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Join us for a candid exploration of identity, privilege, and the role of anti-racism in our efforts to dismantle ageism. All audience members are encouraged to participate in this important conversation with two very special thought leaders:

Ashton Applewhite is an award-winning activist, author and recipient of the Village’s Trailblazer Award in 2021. Her groundbreaking book, This Chair Rocks – A Manifesto Against Ageism has helped catalyze a global movement to recognize and eliminate age discrimination. She co-founded Old School, a clearinghouse for anti-ageism resources, and her TED Talk, “Let’s End Ageism” appears on journalism site Stacker’s list of 50 essential civil rights speeches. Photo courtesy of Adrian Buckmaster.

Molly Matthias is on the Village Chicago Board of Directors. She presently works for Facing History and Ourselves, Chicago – an educational organization that uses lessons of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate. Prior to that she was Manager of Mentoring and Inclusion Programs at Chicago Innovation.

A Village Chicago Thought Leader Event

“Ageist? Racist? Who, Me?” is a consciousness-raising manual about the intersection of ageism and racism available here.



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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Chicago, IL United States
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