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Global Awareness and Inclusivity Community of Practice (CoP)

  • Dates: 2/10, 3/10, 4/14, 5/12
  • 12 – 12:50 p.m.
  • Zoom Access Link:
  • Facilitated by Lynn Goerdt and Salisa Hochstetler
  • Everyone is welcome!  Students, staff, faculty….everyone!
  • Join in the Spring Podcast Club (info below)


Questions? Wish to be added to the Global Awareness CoP email list? Contact Lynn Goerdt




Consider joining the Spring 2021 Global Awareness and Inclusivity Community of Practice Spring "Podcast" Club sponsored by the UW-Superior Markwood Center for Learning, Innovation, and Collaboration (CLIC). 

Clayton, Jackson, McGhie (CJM) Lynchings and the Impact and Relevance to Superior Today: Through the lens of human experience

We invite you to join us for a series of conversations and a panel discussion focused on a multitude of experiences on the 1920 Duluth lynchings of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, Isaac McGhie; the lines between that mob murder and the recent killing of George Floyd; and a critical reflection on the connection to Superior – historically and NOW.  

Listen to the episodes (outlined below) on your own of Simply Superior (total of 2.5 hours) a regional broadcast of Wisconsin Public Radio directed and produced at UW-Superior by award-winning journalist Robin Washington and then we’ll come together for the Discussion Meetings (dates and times below).  Feel free to listen and join in any or all sessions as your schedule allows - a commitment to participate in all sessions is not required.

We expect this to be a visceral experience of the senses, weaving through music, writing, journey, protest, efforts of truth and reconciliation.

Open to all – UWS Students, Staff, Instructors, and Community Members – everyone welcome!

Questions? Contact Lynn Goerdt or

Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial -
National Memorial for Peace and Justice:
Simply Superior WPR Archives -


You are welcome to join in for some or all of the sessions as your schedule may allow. If possible, we encourage review of the episodes prior to the discussion events as we won't be able to listen to them in full together.


Episodes and Discussions:


1. Through Music:  Simply Superior March 13, 2020

Episode Access Link:
40 Minutes 1:00-40:00

Discussion Meeting - Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 4-5:00 p.m.

Zoom Access Link:

Episode Description: We begin with feature from a March 2020 CJMM Commemoration concert featuring the debut performance of a commissioned original composition by local composer and musician Jean “Rudy” Perrault.  Host Robin Washington talks with Perrault about the piece, “We Three Kings,” which was written in remembrance of the men at the center of that dark moment in the region’s history and was performed by the Gichigami Trio.  


2. Through Writing:  Simply Superior April 10, 2020

Episode Access Link:
21 minutes (1:00-21:30)

Discussion Meeting - Thursday, April 1, 2021 from 4-5:00 p.m.

Zoom Access Link:

Episode Description: The horrific incident was largely hushed for half a century until Michael Fedo wrote what became the definitive telling, The Lynchings in Duluth. Warren Read, author of The Lyncher In Me: A Search for Redemption in the Face of History, also tells the story from a more personal, and haunting, viewpoint as the direct descendant of one of the mob organizers. Both authors read from their works and discuss the lynching and its legacy with host Robin Washington

3. April 14th Panel Discussion During Global Awareness & Inclusivity Community of Practice

Discussion Meeting - Thursday, April 14, 2021 from 12-1:00 p.m.

Additional Details TBA

Zoom Access Link:

4. Through Journey:  Simply Superior May 15, 2020

Episode Access Link:
55 minutes (1:00-55:00)

Discussion Meeting - Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 4-5:00 p.m.

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Episode Description: The documentary “Alabama 35” as written and narrated by Henry Banks, co-founder of Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial; and edited with Robin Washington and Paul Damberg.  Documents the experiences of 35 people from the Twin Ports who traveled to the Museum for Peace and Justice for its grand opening in Montgomery Alabama – a monument detailing the systematic lynchings of African Americans in the US.  


5. Through Protest, Truth and Reconciliation:  Simply Superior June 5 & 19th, 2020

6/5/20 Episode Access Link:
26 minutes (1:00-17:00)

6/19/20 Episode Access Link:

17 minutes (1:00-17:00)


Discussion Meeting - Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 4-5:00 p.m.

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Episode Descriptions: The beginning of this episode covers the Twin Ports protests after the murder of George Floyd.  We hear voices of the protest organizers, speakers and participants.

Just weeks after the murder of George Floyd, the 100th year commemoration of the lynching of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie took place in Duluth.  The episode describes the recent posthumous pardon of Max Mason, who served 5 years in prison for a rape allegation in 1920 which led to one of the largest mass lynchings in US history.  As Minnesota Governor Tim Walz exclaimed, ““There's a direct line to what happened to George Floyd on the streets of Minneapolis.”

Mark your Calendars! We're happy to add you to our Outlook meeting invites so you can receive reminder emails leading up to the discussion meetings - just pop a request to us via email here.