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Friday, June 16 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Stories Become Movements, Become Stories

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A moment of uprising can become a story that lights up whole movements for social transformation; those movements in turn become stories passed across generations and continents, fueling the belief that reality is shapeable. A story from one place and time may be enough to lead one or two, or a million people to act in another place and time, sparking new uprisings, which in turn, become new stories. Rebecca Solnit describes this cyclical, yet unpredictable relationship between movements and stories as grounds for hope. She writes, “Hope locates itself in the premises that we don’t know what will happen. And in that spaciousness of uncertainty there is room to act.” This plenary will explore how stories became movements, then became stories in the context of Standing Rock, the Movement for Black Lives, the movement to end caste-based sexual violence in India, and why we need to save the Internet to keep our stories alive and circulating.

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Jenny Lee

Executive Director, Allied Media Projects
Jenny Lee is the executive director of Allied Media Projects, where she has worked in various capacities since 2006. Over this period she has led the healthy growth and evolution of the organization through facilitative leadership, innovative program design, and network cultivation... Read More →

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Malkia Devich-Cyril

Keynote Speaker, MediaJustice Senior Fellow & Founding Director
Malkia Devich-Cyril is an activist, writer and public speaker on issues of digital rights, narrative power, Black liberation and collective grief. Devich-Cyril is also the founding and former Executive Director of MediaJustice — a national hub boldly advancing racial justice, rig... Read More →
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Jenni Monet

Jenni Monet is an award-winning journalist reporting for the Center for Investigative Reporting, PBS NewsHour, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera, High Country News and Yes! Magazine. She is executive producer and host of the podcast, Still Here and is a tribal citizen of the Pueblo or Laguna... Read More →
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Thenmozhi Soundararajan

Thenmozhi is an artist, activist, and technologist with Equality Labs., Equality Labs
Equality Labs

Paige Watkins

Paige Watkins is a genderqueer educator, organizer and student from Detroit. In 2015, they co-founded the Black Bottom Archives, a community-driven media platform dedicated to centering and amplifying the voices, experiences, and perspectives of Black Detroiters. They are a member... Read More →

Friday June 16, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
DeRoy Auditorium