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Thursday, June 15

6:00pm EDT

Welcome Plenary: Past, Present, Futurism
Food and refreshments available starting at 6:00pm. Plenary begins at 7:30pm.

For many places, including Detroit, the year 1967 has become a symbol of uprising and violence, of possibilities for transformation, but rarely of healing. In Detroit, the absence of healing, truth and reconciliation around the events of 1967 is a defining feature of our cultural and political landscape, constricting what we can become. Drawing on the wisdom of Detroit movement elder Shea Howell, sonic healer Sterling Toles, and time-traveler poet Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, this plenary will chart visions of a future that are grounded in the complexity of the present and the past.

Live performance by Bandelero and light refreshments will be offered. Directly following, be sure head over to the One Mile x AMC2017 after party hosted by the Detroit Culture Council. Shuttles will be offered from WSU campus and hotels to the plenary and after party.

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Tawana Petty (she/her)

Director, Data Justice Program, Detroit Community Technology Project
Tawana "Honeycomb" Petty is a mother, author, poet and social justice organizer. She serves as Data Justice director for the Detroit Community Technology Project and co-leads Our Data Bodies. She is an antiracism facilitator with Detroit Equity Action Lab and a Digital Civil Society... Read More →


Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a time traveller and space cadet, somehow your cousin and a community cherished Black feminist scholar, author, artist and educator.  She is the author of Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity, a co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front... Read More →
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Shea Howell

National Council of Elders
Shea Howell is a Detroit based activist and writer with the Boggs Center, Detroit Independent Freedom Schools, and Riverwise Magazine. She is a member of the National Council of Elders and is a professor of communication at Oakland University.

Sterling Toles

Sterling Toles is a sonic and visual artist who emerged from Detroit's hip hop scene. He attended the College for Creative Studies, where he received a BFA in Illustration. Seeing the creative process as the seed of collective healing, his personal creativity has led him to work with... Read More →

Thursday June 15, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
The Jam Handy 2900 E Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202
Friday, June 16

9:00am EDT

Stories Become Movements, Become Stories
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 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 Panther... 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
Saturday, June 17

9:00am EDT

Data and Power
State surveillance, biometrics, racist algorithms, and more – it is easy to become fearful and overwhelmed when it comes to data. And yet, our communities are resilient and full of genius. Beyond the many hands-on tools of circumvention and protection we share at the AMC, we need creativity and inspiration when it comes to data too. This plenary will highlight the work of three artists who transform the fear of data and surveillance into power and healing: instagram poetry that makes security culture accessible and compelling; a father’s FBI file reclaimed and transformed into art; an open source software for surveilling the surveyors and fostering cross-movement collaborations.

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Sasha Costanza-Chock

Sasha Costanza-Chock (pronouns: they/them or she/her) is a scholar, activist, and media-maker, and currently Associate Professor of Civic Media at MIT. They are a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, Faculty Affiliate with the MIT Open Documentary Lab and the MIT Center for Civic Media, and creator of the MIT Codesign Studio (codesign.mit.edu). Their work focuses on social movements, transformative media organizing, and design justice., MIT
Sasha Costanza-Chock (they/them or she/her) is Associate Professor of Civic Media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They’re a scholar, activist, and media-maker who works with networked social movements, transformative media organizing, and design justice. Sasha is a... Read More →


Burak Arikan

Burak Arikan is a New York and Istanbul based artist. He takes the obvious social, economical, and political issues as input and runs them through an abstract machinery, which generates network maps and algorithmic interfaces, results in performances, and procreates predictions to... Read More →
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Sadie Barnette

Sadie Barnette is from Oakland, CA. She earned her BFA from CalArts and her MFA from the University of California, San Diego. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally at venues including The Studio Museum in Harlem (where she was Artist in Residence), the... Read More →

Micha Cárdenas

micha cárdenas is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and Interactive Media Design at the University of Washington Bothell. She is the director of the Poetic Operations Collaborative, a design research lab at the University of Washington Bothell applying technological... Read More →

Frances Lee

Frances Lee is an interdisciplinary UX/UI designer and masters student in Cultural Studies at UW Bothell. They create digital media on QTPOC safety and trans futurity in the Poetic Operations Collaborative. Frances has worked in the Austin/Seattle corporate tech industry and gives... Read More →

Saturday June 17, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
DeRoy Auditorium
Sunday, June 18

3:00pm EDT

Closing Plenary: Popular Cultures for New Worlds
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