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‘Conversations’ to continue with duel discussion on cultures, perspectives


The next “Conversations that Matter,” a monthly on-line series from the McKinney Center, will feature Adam Dickson and Felipe Fiuza and will be held Thursday, April 8, beginning at 7 p.m.

 In each “Conversation,” two local guests explore their own culture and perspective, and talk to each other about what makes them unique, discover their similarities and explore their differences. They will also look at where their lives might intersect personally and in the community. 

The goal of each “Conversation that Matters” is for guests and participants to hear real stories, from real neighbors.

In addition to Dickson and Fiuza, Thursday’s “Conversation” will include moderators Katelyn Yarbrough and Michelle Treece. To register for the Zoom event, visit 

Dickson currently works for the City of Johnson City as Supervisor of the Langston Centre (Langston), a facility promoting multicultural awareness through community arts, education, and leadership. Langston sits on the site of the former Langston High School, Johnson City’s Black high school from 1893-1965. 

Dickson is an adjunct instructor of political science at ETSU. For 15 years, Dickson has taught the course “Black American Political Thought” which examines Black political ideology and the role of race in American political development. 

Dickson currently serves as vice-mayor for the Town of Jonesborough, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Carson-Newman University. He received his master’s degree in public administration from ETSU in 2004.

Felipe Fiuza is an assistant professor of Spanish at ETSU, where he is also the director of ETSU’s Language and Culture Resource Center. As director of the center, he works toward closing the gap between East Tennessean native speakers of English and people from other languages and cultures through language services, such as interpretation and translation, offered by the center. 

Fiuza’s first poetry book, “Ucideia,” just won first place in a peer-reviewed literary contest from the Federal University of Espírito Santo Press. His research interests are linked to the intersection between literature and cognitive sciences, focusing in Brazilian literature and in literature from the Iberian Peninsula.

This monthly series is inspired by the Diversity and Equity Subcommittee at the McKinney Center, and their desire to highlight the experiences of all voices in Washington County, with an intention to include marginalized groups. 

By showcasing these conversations, the Diversity & Equity subcommittee hopes to open doors to new ideas and perspectives among our very own neighbors.