San Diego 2016


San Diego will be hosting the Lao American Writers Summit on May 27th – 28th, 2016. The summit aims to be a gathering space for creative professionals of Lao American background and those who support the community. The first Lao American Writers Summit was held in August of 2010 in Minneapolis. The Summit’s objective is to open dialogue on the current state of creative writing, visual artistry, social media, and community advocacy of Lao Americans whose history ties with the events tracing back to the 1975 Diaspora of people from Laos. The summit also served as a collaborative space, one that did not exist before on the national scale. This purpose will remain the same as we move forward to host the summit this year in San Diego, California. The summit will provide a forum for all participants to answer the question of how we define our narrative and our stories while embedding Lao/Lao American themes for the next generations. This will allow the community to create visibility of experiences while crafting work that will be coined as “Lao American”.

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NOTE: The Summit is free of charge. The Reception has a $10.00 entrance fee.

Day 1 | Friday May 27th, 2016 | 9am – 4:30pm
Breakfast | 9am – 9:30am
Welcoming and Introduction to the Summit, House Rules | 9:30am – 10am
Keynote Speakers | 10am – 11am
2010 Census, current snapshot of Lao America | 11am – 11:30am
History of Centro Cultural De La Raza | 11:30am – 11:45am
Halftime Comments, Prep for Panel Discussions | 11:45am – 12pm
Lunch | 12-1pm
Panel 1 | 1pm – 2:30pm
Panel 2 | 2:30pm – 4pm
Community Conversation Day 1 | 4pm-4:30pm

Day 2 | Saturday May 28th, 2016 | 9am – 4:15pm
Breakfast | 9am – 9:30am
Opening Remarks | 9:30am – 9:45am
Workshop Session 1 | 10am – 11am
Workshop Session 2 | 11am – 12pm
Lunch | 12pm – 1pm
Panel 3 | 1pm – 2:30pm
Panel 4 | 2:30pm – 4pm
Community Conversation Day 2 | 4pm – 4:30pm

Reception | Saturday May 28th, 2016 | 7pm – 10pm | $10.00
Poetry Readings, Music, Dance, and various artist performances.

When: Friday, May 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM – Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 10:00 PM (PDT) – Add to Calendar
Where: Centro Cultural de la Raza – 2004 Park Boulevard San Diego, CA 82101 – Map here