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Friday, June 16


'The Year We Thought About Love' Film Screening
What happens when LGBTQ youth of color dare to write a play about queer love? Watch "The Year We Thought About Love," a 68-minute award-winning film about Boston-based True Colors, the nations oldest LGBTQ youth theater troupe. Representatives from Gayrilla Theater Project: Riot Youth will share their work with experiential education and social action theater to make schools more inclusive. Participants will engage with Gayrilla and learn about facilitation skills using free resources from the film's website.


Suzie Staley

Suzie Staley, Ed.S Program Director, Neutral Zone Suzie serves as the Program Director at the Neutral Zone. Prior to joining Neutral Zone, she was a Senior Program Associate at the Weikart Center and, she was the Director of the Youth Mentorship Program at The Henry Ford, for fourteen years. Her endeavors include a plethora of nonprofit participation such as: mentoring, education, youth advocacy, and specifically centering marginalized youth. Suzie is a lifelong learner, continuing to go to school at Eastern Michigan University, pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Neutral Zone
Suzie serves as the Program Director at the Neutral Zone. Prior, she was Senior Program Associate at the Weikart Center and Director of the Youth Mentorship Program at The Henry Ford, for fourteen years. Suzie is pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Eastern Michigan University... Read More →

Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm
State Hall: Room 128


Design Justice Exhibition
What do design practices rooted in community collaboration and committed to social justice look like? This exhibit features text and images that tell stories of designers working as creative facilitators and embracing new, just, approaches to design. During this interactive session, we will engage the audience in a discussion and a presentation of our findings. The exhibit will be on display throughout the conference.

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Taylor Stewart

Design Justice Network
Taylor Stewart is a graphic artist currently residing in Metro Detroit. As a creative, Stewart seeks to find and guide others into sustainable understandings of self. Using creative expression as a tool of research, she continues to analysis, critique and educate on the complexities... Read More →

Wes Taylor

Design Justice Network
Wes is a Detroit based graphic designer, fine artist, musician, and curator. His collective, Complex Movements, creates immersive interactive performances deeply rooted in social justice and movement building. He is co-founder of Emergence Media. He is co-founder of Talking Dolls... Read More →

Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - Sunday June 18, 2017 3:00pm
McGregor: Room B/C


Police Brutality Across Borders: FTP and the Missing 43
What is the experience of police violence across borders? Join us as we screen Until We Find You, a documentary on the disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students by the Mexican police and the Forced Trajectory Project, a documentary project showcasing the narratives of families affected by U.S. police violence. We will partake in a panel featuring the filmmakers Emily Pederson and Vanissa W. Chan. The panel will juxtapose the projects and provide analysis for state violence domestically and abroad.


Emily Pederson

Emily Pederson is a documentary photographer and filmmaker. She has spent most of the last four years in Mexico, chronicling social movements and the impact of the Drug War on Mexican society. She has a degree in Photography and Human Rights from New York University. Her work has... Read More →

Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 128


QTIPOC are Living Mythologies
QTIPOC are living mythologies, shifting the narratives and paradigms of our current world into a new one. Through the performances of four femmes of color – Chella Coleman, Edxie Betts, Reyna Ripper, and Jose Richard – strung together by the musical narration of Shruti Purkayastha, "Living Mythologies" creates layered truths for other Queer, Trans, Intersex People of Color, allowing us to access intuition and imagination for a new paradigm.


Jose Richard Aviles

Jose Richard Aviles is a student at USC's School of Social Work. As a social work student, their focus is around dance therapy and working with LGBT queer youth communities. They have performed at University of Southern California, St Olaf College, University of Redlands, REDCAT Studio... Read More →

Edxie Betts

Edxie Betts is a liberation artist, Afr@PilipinxSiksika, 2 Spirited Black Heyóka Engkantada. They hope to challenge the hubris of huMANities normalcy, Authority and static ways of being. Through threatening thunderous tongue in critique and pain-filled laughter, they aim to transform... Read More →

Chella Coleman

Chella Coleman (Godesx) is an artist seeking to use art as a tool for liberation and healing. She helps oppressed communities find their voice.
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Shruti Purkayastha

Living Mythologies and TeAda Productions
Shruti Bala Purkayastha (Heart Oracle) is the director/curator of Living Mythologies. They are a cultural worker who creates in the intersections of theater, organizing and healing. They believe that truth-speaking is central to creating a new world. They work with TeAda Productions... Read More →

Reyna Ripper

Reyna Ripper is an experimental harsh noise artist who explores themes of darkness, death and temptation. To hear some of Reyna's work, please see: https://soundcloud.com/reyna-the-ripper

Friday June 16, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Student Center: Room 025


'WITH YOU!': A Queer Sports Rom-Com
WITH YOU! is a queer sports rom-com about a U.S. college rugby team's love for the game and each other, brought to the stage via one person's body. A hilarious show about figuring out which team to play for, this quasi-autobiographical comedy is award-winning performer/playwright Una Aya Osato’s newest show. Based on her experiences playing college rugby for Wesleyan University, Una brings together her love of rom-coms and sports films into a hard-hitting play, equally tough on the body and the heart.


Michi Osato

brASS: Brown RadicalAss Burlesque
Michi Ilona Osato aka sister selva’s germinated & sprouted in the concrete of NYC. Co-founder of brASS Burlesque, 2015 Queen of the Texas Burlesque Festival & Audience Choice Award winner. She’s spread her seedlings from Joe's Pub, to Sesame Street, to impassioned dance floors... Read More →
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Una Aya Osato

brASS: Brown RadicalAss Burlesque
Una Aya Osato aka exHOTic other is queer femme Japanese Jew. She’s a co-founding member of brASS: Brown RadicalAss Burlesque. Performer, writer & educator from the far far east... of NYC. Una’s also an award-winning actor & playwright who tours her work nationally & internationally... Read More →

Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Room 020


Vida Muertos: Critical Genre Practice
How can genre artworks serve as sites of resistance? The stylish, allegorical short film Vida Muertos follows a "death enforcement" agent who tracks, apprehends, and deports "dead" who have crossed illegally into the realm of the living. The film touches on immigration policy through the lens of film noir and science fiction. In this screening/workshop, participants will view the film, discuss relevant examples and critical approaches to genre in film and literature, and workshop a short outline for a political, genre-oriented creative work.

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Thomas Javier Castillo

Assistant Professor, Bowling Green State University
Thomas Javier Castillo is a film and critical media practitioner whose projects explore memory, history, geography and identity. As a filmmaker, he creates pieces that blend politics, history, space, and place with rasquache design sensibilities, humor, and a distinctly Pocho point... Read More →

Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry C
Saturday, June 17


With Wings and Roots: Screening and Discussion
We will screen and discuss With Wings and Roots, a feature-length documentary that tells the stories of four young people from different immigrant backgrounds who challenge what it means to be American or German through their artwork and activism. The film juxtaposes the struggles around national identity in two cities at the epicenter of immigration debates – Berlin and New York. We will discuss the film and transmedia project’s collaborative production over ten years, its community engagement strategy, and how to foster more global conversations about migration and national identity.

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Christina Antonakos-Wallace

Filmmaker, Wings & Roots
Christina is a filmmaker and activist working in the intersection of documentary, new media and education. Her short films have screened internationally and won awards. She manages the transmedia project Wings & Roots with collaborators across the US and Europe, producing media and... Read More →

Theresa Navarro

Wings & Roots
Theresa Navarro is a Pin@y interdisciplinary producer and cultural worker who collaborates with arts and educational organizations around the country. Her work focuses on lived experiences and media representations of local, global, and virtual negotiations of race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality... Read More →

Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
State Hall: Room 106


Artivists' Music Video Lounge
We will watch music videos by independent international "artivists," and discuss how their music reflects their communities while also exploring solutions to issues that are discussed in their lyrics. Participants will leave with a feel for new music and the inspiration to look for more works by artivists who create music within social movements.

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Paola Quiros

co-producer and community relations connector, Suena a Revolucion
Paola Quiros is a Colombian migrant living in the unceded Coast Salish territories in Canada. She is a trained journalist and feminist passionate about Latinamerican music and curious about the underrepresentation of Latin American womyn in the independent music industry. She is a... Read More →

Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Student Center: Room 285


Black x Queer x Poly: 195 Lewis
Watch a screening of the unreleased web series project "195 Lewis," which follows a Black lesbian couple in Brooklyn as they strive to practice radical honesty in their newly polyamorous relationship. We will screen season one of the series and discuss the the triumphs and tribulations of the filmmaking and distribution process.


Rae Allen

195 Lewis, LLC
Rae Leone Allen is a writer, and filmmaker originally from Mesquite, TX. She earned a M.A. in Urban Studies at Fordham University. Allen’s first media project, 195 Lewis, is a 2015 IFP Screen Forward Lab Selection, and premiered at BAM in December 2016 and internationally at the... Read More →

Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 117


Food Chains: Farmworker Rights in the 21st Century
There's so much interest in food, but very little interest in the hands that pick that food. Come see the James Beard-award winning film Food Chains, which chronicles the battle of a small group of tomato pickers in Florida, the CIW, as they fight the multibillion-dollar companies that control the supply chain. Learn how the CIW's model can apply to numerous sectors of the food system. Participants will leave inspired and armed with new tools to approach local, regional and national labor issues.


Sanjay Rawal

Food Chains
Sanjay Rawal has more than a decade’s experience in developing strategy for a diverse array of human rights and development projects in over forty nations. In addition to making documentary films, Sanjay is on the board of several nonprofits including the Voss Foundation. He has... Read More →

Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
McGregor: Room F/G/H


Poetry and Publishing from Inside
What is the role of the poetry workshop in prison activism and decarceration? This session presents a poetry reading from participants in poetry workshops in prisons in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Michigan followed by a discussion with a previously incarcerated poet, facilitators of workshops inside, and a publisher of poems from inside strategizing how poetry workshops can serve incarcerated publics and double as space to destabilize carceral logic. We consider ways publishing can build coalition between people inside and outside and challenge public perceptions of the prison system.


Jonathan Rajewski

Hamtramck Free School
Jonathan Rajewski is a painter who holds a degree in philosophy from Michigan State University. He runs Klinger Street Studios, is the editor of Soft Sculpture Press and is one of the founding members of the Hamtramck Free School. Since 2013 he has been facilitating a weekly creative... Read More →
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Rosie Stockton

Writer's Block Facilitator at the Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility
Rosie Stockton is a poet based in Detroit, Michigan. They recently received their M.A. in Creative Writing at Eastern Michigan University and edited BathHouse Journal and Weekday Journal. Their writing has been published by Publication Studio, Monster House Press, BigBig Wednesday... Read More →

James D. Thomas

James D. Thomas is a juvenile lifer sentenced to mandatory life without parole at 15 years old, released in late April after 30 years of incarceration. He writes "I am an aspiring writer and gifted speaker. My quest for freedom motivates my writing. Poetry allows me to escape my confinement... Read More →

Richard Wehrenberg

MonsterHouse Press
Richard Wehrenberg, Jr. is a poet, book designer, & wolf hybrid from Cleveland, Ohio living in Bloomington, Indiana. They are the author of the pamphlet Reset North America To Default Settings, the chapbook Hands, & co-author, with Ross Gay, of River. They are the co-founder of... Read More →

Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
State Hall: Room 106
Sunday, June 18


Live Audio Drama: Giving Voice to Our Ancestors
How can we use our resources to give our ancestors a voice? We will listen to an audio screening of W.E.B. Dubois' "The Comet," a short story that explores race in a post apocalyptic climate. This will be followed by a discussion about utilizing what we already have to cast, produce, sound design, and live broadcast a story in the style of audio drama. We will discuss how the story was re-created with the resources and tools at our disposal in 2017.

Sunday June 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
Student Center: Hilberry D


Private Screenings, Public Imaginaries in Migratory Times
The Migratory Times Project, a transnational network of artists and researchers, presents six films from Korea, Greece, Palestine, Spain, Cuba, and Denmark. The screenings will include a single work in a private room for a small group of participants to allow for an intimate discussion; a series of short works in a screening space, followed by small group discussion; and an ongoing screening on a monitor in the participation/practice space, with ongoing discussion sessions once every two hours.


Dalida Benfield

Institute of (im)Possible Subjects
Dalida María Benfield, Ph.D., is an artist and theorist who researches and activates feminist and post/decolonial thought, pedagogy, and creative action in the context of global information ebbs and flows. She is the founder of the Institute of (im)Possible Subjects, a transnational... Read More →

Sunday June 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
State Hall: Room 128


Getting Schooled: Detroit Public Schools on Stage
Black and Brown Theatre will present a devised theatre piece that looks at the challenges that the Detroit Public School system faces by telling the stories of the teachers, students, administrators and parents. Audience members will enjoy a powerful show followed by a talkback in which we will brainstorm potential realistic solutions and action items to the challenges addressed in the performance.


Emilio Rodriguez

Black and Brown Theatre
Black and Brown Theatre was founded in the summer of 2016 to address inequities in the professional theatre community by providing professional development and performance opportunities to actors of color in the southeast Michigan area. The theatre has performed two showcases, a reading... Read More →

Imani Sims

Black and Brown Theatre

Sunday June 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Student Center: Hilberry B


Reel Stories: Bridging Communities Through Filmmaking
Our session will feature films and a panel discussion with students from Reel Stories, a joint program between the Arab American National Museum and Palestinian Heritage Museum. Instructors will speak on their roles in creating a safe space that fosters creativity, and program coordinators will share more about program building. The session will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.


Nayla Contejean

Student at AANM's Reel Stories
Nayla attends Troy Athens High School where is a stage manager at her school, Athens Theatre Company, and runs for the Varsity Track and Field team. Aside from this, she is interested in the art of filmmaking. She dreams of moving to Los Angeles to work in the film industry, a field... Read More →

Jenna Hamed

Arab American National Museum
Jenna is a Palestinian American Muslim, constantly experimenting with word, color, cloth, and imagery. Her works are based on firsthand experiences with identity and conflict, and plans to expand the basis of this work in graduate school; focusing on the trajectory of art and design... Read More →

Imad Hassan

Film Instructor at AANM's Reel Stories program
An award winning 20-year media veteran, Imad Hassan’s career spans across multiple disciplines; theatre, print journalism, film & television, the arts and media education.His education includes degrees from Wayne State University in Journalism, Eastern Michigan University in Film... Read More →

Lydia Kuzak

Student at AANM Reel Stories
Lydia Kuzak is 17 years old. She is one of the Directors involved in the Reel Stories program. She has been very involved in social justice throughout her high school career: she volunteered for Detroit based organizations, art programs, and lead a social justice advocacy club called... Read More →

Heba Samra

Student at AANM's Reel Stories
Heba Samra is a 17 year old student attending Star International Academy and is representing Reel Stories as a producer. She is interested in learning about different societies and cultures worldwide and hopes to be a part of the dialogue that unites them through appreciation for... Read More →

Malak Wazne

Student at AANM'S Reel Stories
Malak Wazne, a 17 year old who attends Dearborn High, expresses her perspective on this world through her poetry and a filmmaking. She has a mission to break the barriers we have built in silence by sharing perspectives through a lens. Malak has been nominated for a student Emmy for... Read More →

Sunday June 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
State Hall: Room 106


Sarap: A Pilipinx Horror Drag Cooking Show
Join us for a performance of "A Pilipinx Horror Drag Cooking Show," which re-imagines the origin story of the 'Filipino Vampire,’ the Manananggal. Have you ever tasted Filipino sausages? With just one bite of the right dish, you can taste the stories from back home – each ingredient and way of cooking providing its own lesson. These stories tell of our homeland, our bodies, our longing and... our Monsters. Boo! There will be lap dances to give, community to build and food to share. It's so scary, it's good. (radical kitchen space)


Patrick Salvani

MS NOOKIE GALORE!!! Having been raised to fear everything, Ms. Nookie Galore has an un/comfortable relationship with stories that haunt us. He/She/They/Anything including “ho” is not your average FilipinX genderqueer, pansexual, hairy asian, horror storytelling, father fuckin` Drag Queen. Ms. Galore’s art has been featured in CBC Arts, the documentary `No Fats, No Femmes, No Asians,` showcased at the Art Gallery of Ontario, published in the book `Diasporic Intimacies: Queer Filipinos and Canadian Imaginiaries` and their new Drag Horror Cooking Show, `SARAP`, and `I Don`t Fuck With You: The Goth Drag Musical` will heat the summer up! Lastly, they are the co-founder of the longest-standing paid queer and trans youth of colour mentorship program in Canada, The Drag Musical. Ms. Nookie Galore uses performance art to anchor us in the places we have been to creating space to dream of places we need to go., Krafty Queers
Patrick Salvani/Ms. Nookie Galore is a horror writer and genderqueer drag queen. They are the FatherMom to the largest and longest standing Queer and Trans BPOC program/show in Canada, The Drag Musical housed in Krafty Queers. Nookie’s work has been featured in Rhubarb Theatre Festival... Read More →

Sunday June 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Student Center: Room 285