Difficult Dialogues Salon: Feb 26

Difficult Dialogues Salon: Feb 26

with Stephanie Troutman & Debi Chess Mabie

Tuesday, Feb 26, 5:30-7:30pm

Kore Press Institute / 325 W 2nd St, Room 201, Tucson 85705 in the Dunbar Pavilion

$5 donation at the door, no one turned away for lack of funds. It’s a potluck! Bring food or drink to share.

Kore is in room 201 at the top of the stairs. Enter through the double doors on the ground floor in the east end of the building, under the Dunbar Barber Academy sign. Parking is free on the street.

Join us in community with food and a conversation with Dr Stephanie Troutman and Debi Chess Mabie about Difficult Dialogues. Difficult dialogues go beyond mere discussion of controversial issues and politically charged topics—-and necessarily so. Why? Because discussions of difference tend to have as their end goal a civilized exchange that often results in a renewed production or continuation of the status quo. Difficult dialogues go deeper and focus on the messiness and limits of of change agency, personal perspectives and divergent social and cultural views. DDs aim to ethically address justice through action, critique, calling out and calling in with hopes for radical reimagining and possibilities for transformation.
Further, difficult dialogues seek to enable truth-telling about the difficult labor (emotional and material) at the center of social justice-oriented community partnerships and engagements.

Dr. Stephanie Troutman is a Black feminist scholar and first-generation college student. She is the Assistant Professor of Emerging Literacies in the Rhetoric, Composition and Teaching of English program in the English Department at the University of Arizona. She received a dual PhD in Curriculum & Instruction and Women’s Studies from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011. A former high school and middle grades public school teacher, Stephanie is a scholar-activist who has been recognized across a variety of community and campus spaces for her mentorship, student advocacy, and social justice leadership. Dr. Troutman is the Faculty Coordinator of Wildcat Writers and Director of the Southern Arizona Writing Project. Both of these programs are public engagement outreach projects between The University of Arizona English Department and Tucson schools. As a consultant, Dr. Troutman has provided professional development training in the areas of LGBTQIA+, social justice education, and racial literacy. Her research interests include literacies focused on social justice, feminist pedagogy, critical race theory, film studies schooling, identity/ies and education.

She is an editor for the groundbreaking new series Queering Teacher Education Across Contexts, (Peter Lange Publishing), co-author of the forthcoming book, Re-Imagining the Invisible Backpack: Narratives of Family Assets, Community Gifts, & Cultural Endowments (Lexington Press) and co-editor of Race & Ethnicity in US Television (ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Press.)


Debi Chess Mabie has over 25 years of nonprofit program development and leadership experience in a variety of sectors– including youth and community development, and arts-based economic development.In 2017, she resigned her position as the Executive Director of the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona (formerly Tucson Pima Arts Council) where she helped lead and shape the newly emerging conversation around the role of the arts–and funding for the arts– in economic development and city planning endeavors.

She is a Community Impact Fellow appointment by the University of Arizona School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and has been working in that capacity at the Dunbar Pavilion: An African American Center for Art and Culture, to help build capacity and steward the organization into its next 100 years of cultural significance in Tucson and Southern Arizona.

She is the Board Chair and a founding member of the Tucson Black Film Club, and a board member of the Nonprofit Loan Fund, and TedExTucson, She is on the advisory committee of the Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art. Debi has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Wright State University and a master’s degree in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.