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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.

Moderators
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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 cultivati... Read More →

Presenters
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Malkia Cyril

Executive Director, Center for Media Justice
Malkia A. Cyril is founder and Executive Director of the Center for Media Justice (CMJ) and co-founder of the Media Action Grassroots Network. For decades, Malkia has helped grassroots leaders fight for racial and economic justice in a digital age. Born of parents in the Black Pa... 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... Read More →
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Thenmozhi Soundararajan

Thenmozhi Soundararajan aka @dalitdiva is a transmedia storyteller, technologist, and journalist who believes story is the most important unit of social change. Growing up as a Tamil Dalit, she was driven to tell the stories of marginalized communities. This led to her founding t... Read More →
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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 membe... Read More →


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

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