Cornucopia of Rhode Island - 2021 Fall Online Mini-Conference

  • Thursday, November 04, 2021
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Online

2021 Annual Fall Mini-Conference

Empowering Rhode Island Communities
Through History and Service

(Online & Free)
Thurs. November 4, 2021. 2-4 PM 


  • Registration is now closed because we have reached the maximum number of attendees!
  • This online event is free & open to all. 
  • (N.B. The maximum number of attendees is capped at 100.)
  • This event is organized by CORI, a section of RILA.
  • The Zoom link will be sent to registrants 2 days prior to the event.


2:00 pm: Opening Remarks, Bohyun Kim (Chair, Cornucopia of Rhode Island)

2:05 pm: Panel Discussion: Building Strong Communities: How We Can Better Serve Families with Individuals on the Autism Spectrum Disorder

Learn how you can make a difference by bringing community experts, parents, teachers, and other caregivers together and sharing best practices to facilitate growth and learning. We will provide ideas for hosting and promoting inclusive programs for all ages.


  • Maria Cotto, Bilingual Children's Librarian, Pawtucket Public Library [Moderator]
  • Susan Jewel, The Autism Project, Manager of Family Support
  • Tara Hayes, Rhode Island Parent Information Network, Family Voice Manager Barbara Wells, Greenville Public Library (RI), Children’s Librarian/Department Head Lisa Lesinski, Barrington Public Library (RI), Head of Children Services
  • Kristen Spencer, Social Sparks, Owner/Clinical Director
  • Dr. Paul G. LaCava, RIC Department of Special Education, Sherlock Center, Associate Professor

3:00pm: Peter Fay: Jamestown Mariners of Color: From Bondage to Boat Steerer

Peter Fay is a public historian who researches, writes, and lectures about the role of Rhode Island in slave labor and the American slave trade. For centuries, Rhode Island sent its young men to sea. As agriculture and slavery slowly declined, hundreds left the rural towns, many of them African American and Native American men seeking opportunities aboard ships. As seamen, cooks, first mates, oarsmen, or boat steerers, they crossed the bay, the Atlantic, and the world in pursuit of a livelihood that had eluded them at home. What they found were South Sea islands, wondrous creatures, warlike tribes, hardship, and occasionally, stunning achievement.


See the program (PDF).

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