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Sunday, June 18 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Closing Plenary: Popular Cultures for New Worlds

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Pop culture is often code for mainstream media’s representation of the status quo. In many cases, it intentionally omits our voices, identities, bodies, ideas, art, media and cultural organizing. It also relies on our brilliance to function. Our closing AMC plenary brings together some of the most dynamic leaders of culture and creativity to explore what it means to use avenues of popular culture to build new worlds. These panelists continue to subvert, critique, make noise and challenge spaces and institutions to rethink their definitions of who pop culture is created by and for, and what it can do. (Shuttles will be offered from WSU campus and hotels to closing plenary.)

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Morgan Willis

Morgan Willis is the program director of the Allied Media Conference. She is also a writer and editor of the anthology Outside the XY: Queer, Black and Brown Masculinity. She consults with projects and organizations seeking to develop their creative, community and organizational strategies... Read More →

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Kimberly Drew

Kimberly Drew (a.k.a. @museummammy) is a writer and curator with a passion for innovation in art, fashion, and cultural studies. Drew received her B.A. from Smith College in Art History and African-American Studies, with a concentration in Museum Studies. An avid lover and proponent... Read More →
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Sameer Gardezi

Sameer is an international award-winning screenwriter who has written for several networks including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, The CW, FOX, ABC and NBC. He has worked on such critically acclaimed shows as the Peabody Award-winning Aliens in America, Matthew Perry’s Mr. Sunshine... Read More →
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Crissle West

Crissle West is a media personality and writer currently based in Harlem. She is co-host of the critically acclaimed comedy podcast The Read, which she and her friend Kid Fury have hosted since 2013. Crissle was raised in Oklahoma and moved to NYC in 2012 in search of neighbors who... Read More →

Sunday June 18, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
DeRoy Auditorium