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Thomas Norman DeWolf
Works at Coming to the Table
Attended University of Oregon
Lives in Oregon
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Author, Public Speaker

Thomas Norman DeWolf is an author who also speaks and leads workshops and educator trainings at university campuses and at conferences and other venues throughout the United States about hidden elements of history, racism and intolerance, and illuminates a path toward healing and a more hopeful future.

Tom is the author of Inheriting the Trade: A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-Trading Dynasty in U.S. History (Beacon Press, 2008), companion book to Katrina Browne’s Emmy-nominated film of their family’s journey: Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, in which he is featured.

Tom's new book, Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade, is co-authored with Sharon Leslie Morgan (Beacon Press, 2012).

Tom graduated from the University of Oregon, served on the Oregon Arts Commission for nine years, and as a local elected official for eleven. His years of public service focused on the arts, literacy, children’s issues, and restorative justice. He and his wife, Lindi, live in Oregon. They have four children and eight grandchildren. For further information, visit Tom's website.

Bragging rights
I was an "extra" in the film St. Helens, starring Art Carney. I was on the art department crew for Alan Rudolph's film Love at Large, starring Tom Berenger and Elizabeth Perkins. And I was the Dailies Projectionist for Gus Van Sant's Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, starring Uma Thurman.
  • University of Oregon
  • Northwest Christian College
  • Western Christian High School
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Other names
Tom DeWolf
Author, Public Speaker, Community Coordinator for Coming to the Table
Skills? Hmmm... I'm pretty good at showing my grandkids a good time. I consider myself a pretty good story teller. And I make a healthy vegetarian wrap and addicting molasses cookies.
  • Coming to the Table
    Commmunity Coordinator, present
    I am the part-time support staff for the Coming to the Table community; a loose-knit group of more than 800 people throughout the United States who are committed to acknowledge and heal from the racial wounds of the past - from slavery and the many forms of racism it spawned. CTTT provides leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who share this vision.
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    Author, Public Speaker, present
    I write books. I also speak at colleges, conferences, and other venues throughout the United States about hidden elements of history and how traumatic, unhealed wounds from the past continue to impact everyone today. With compassion and humor, I try to illuminate a path toward healing and a more hopeful future.
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