Day 4- Day 2 of The Conference

The fourth day began with a bang. The conference started with a presentation by Dr. Houston Barber, principal of Fern Creek High School. He spoke about the happenings at the school, and his philosophy on teaching. Following that presentation, was Bruce Ucan. He presented a touching story about his migration from the Yucatan peninsula, the beginnings of his restaurant- The Mayan Café- and most of all, his love for food. The third and final presentation of the morning and of the conference, was by John Schnyder and Irvin Shaifa. They presented their findings on school lunch. Their discussion/ presentation centered around the question “Is school lunch saving our generation?”. Many questions were raised and conclusions were made that day, some positive, and some negative. We finished with lunch: a potluck of mutton stew, homemade tortillas, blue corn mush, sumac puree, and fruit. The conference concluded with a closing statement and prayer by Rex Lee Jim. Although the conference was over, the students were far from exhausted. Many of the male students and even a few female students went to the gym on campus and played basketball with some of the Diné College students. At the end of the day, students were exhausted, but ecstatic over the success of the conference and of the trip. Many were ready for sleep and dreading the long trip back to Kentucky.
Questions for the Navajo Students:
1. Again, what were your takeaways from that days presentations?(Specifically differences in the school lunch, thoughts about Bruce’s story etc.)
2. What were some overall thoughts of the conference? What were thoughts about your return trip?
Questions for Kentucky Students:
1. What were the takeaways from the days presentations? (Again, be specific)
2. Describe the whole conference in 1-2 sentences. (Be concise and creative)

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3 thoughts on “Day 4- Day 2 of The Conference

  1. Overall I think the conference went amazingly well, it was one of those situations that everything just came together better than expected. Even though I had a great time I was glad to be heading home after such a long week.

  2. The biggest take way of this trip was the conversation. The Conversation varied from culture to community to family and hardships but there was a common factor : Food. If it wasn’t for the food we wouldn’t have been brought together in unity. So i thank the food for breaking the ice for our conversations.

  3. I got the strong sense of pure interest from everyone. They all seemed like they really wanted to know more about what was being presented. Even though i had already heard most of the presentations as a Kentucky student I still learned some new things from them.

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