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Friday, June 16
 

11:00am EDT

Black Unicorn Pop-Up Library
The Radical, Libraries, Archives and Museums track (RadLAM) commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion in the Black Unicorn Pop-Up Library. RadLAM will coordinate programs highlighting the history of resistance and social justice in Detroit. The pop-up library will serve as a space for collecting oral histories, editing Wikipedia pages, and brainstorming strategies for the current resistance movement.

Presenters
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Bekezela Mguni

Black Unicorn Library and Archives Project Founder, and Radical Libraries, Archives and Museums track co-coordinator
Bekezela Mguni is a radical librarian, activist, artist and abundant bodied femme. She holds an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and participated in the first Librarians & Archivists to Palestine delegation in June 2013. She works as the Youth Services Librarian at Sto-Rox Library... Read More →
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Celeste Â-Re, MSLIS, PhD

Radical Libraries, Archives + Museums Coordinator
Celeste Â-Re is a co-coordinator of the Radical Libraries, Archives + Museums (RadLAM) network gathering. Â-Re seeks to understand how culture, memory, and information workers use community informatics to bridge solidarity and support social justice work. They are a tecnical services... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 11:00am - Sunday June 18, 2017 3:00pm EDT
McGregor: Room D
  Practice Space session

4:00pm EDT

Illuminate the World with Light Painting
Did you know that it's possible to paint with light? With a DSLR camera and a little know-how, you can do just that. Light painting is super fun, and can create amazing and unique images. Participants will learn the basics of light painting, and create portraits that show how each one of us are powerful and one-of-a-kind. Come show your inner power with light painting and leave with a new skill!

Presenters
avatar for Nicola Pine

Nicola Pine

The SPNN Youth Action Committee (YAC) is a youth leadership group at SPNN, in Saint Paul, MN. We take action on social justice issues, create media projects, and teach others about how to use media to make change in their communities., www.spnn.org
As the SPNN Youth Programs Director, Nicola leverages her 20 years of youth development experience to develop and oversee dynamic programs for young people at SPNN. She is well-versed in the core elements of successful out-of-school programming, program evaluation, and youth media... Read More →


Friday June 16, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
McGregor: Room L/M
  Practice Space session

4:00pm EDT

Who Are You?: A Visual Storytelling Exercise for Children
“The problem with my life was that it was someone else's idea" - B. A. Sáenz We will provide a creative space for children to express their own unique identities. Through use of short, targeted (and fun!) reflective exercises, children will define a facet of their identity that is important for the world to know. These declarations will be visually captured and displayed to affirm and promote the continued development of self-identity, for themselves and for others.

Presenters
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Jillian Webb

The Exchange: Communication to Community Action
Jillian Colby Webb is an educator and artist whose work prioritizes the development of children and youth. In 2012, Jillian founded The Exchange: Communication to Community Action, a Detroit-based, not-for-profit that promotes the use of the arts to deepen youth's awareness of self... Read More →


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

11:00am EDT

DIY Embroidered Patches
The humble fabric patch can be a simple means to mending or a brave declaration of self-determination. What language do we use to mark ourselves when existing labels are too limiting? This patch-making workshop will teach basic embroidery skills and will encourage participants to create new words and meanings to better describe themselves on their own terms.

Presenters
avatar for Lucia Calderon Arrieta

Lucia Calderon Arrieta

Lucia learned sewing from Abuelita and learned to call it Fiber Art from academia. She is the daughter of Peruvian immig, none
Lucia learned sewing from her abuelita and learned to call it fiber art from academia



Saturday June 17, 2017 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
McGregor: Room B/C
  Practice Space session

2:00pm EDT

Deep Listening: An Embodied Meditation
This session will guide practitioners through embodied practices of introspection, meditation, gentle movement and a collaborative listening circle to support insight and healing. Practitioners will learn to ground and restore themselves in silence to cut through the noise and hear their authentic voice, center their intuitive awareness and discern skillful action. Through the listening circle, practitioners will build their capacity to cultivate compassion and skillful communication.

Presenters
avatar for Tara Scott-Miller

Tara Scott-Miller

Founder, 3 Jewels Yoga
tara scott-miller is the founder and facilitator of 3 Jewels Yoga — a contemplative community of refuge + resistance — for which she curates safe(r) sacred space to cultivate practices of justice, liberation and healing. she is a wife, mother and Zen practitioner who writes about... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
McGregor: Room J
  Practice Space session

2:00pm EDT

Liberated Kids: Superheros for the Revolution
The revolution begins with liberated and carefree children of color. This hands-on, interactive art workshop will help kids understand that heroes are not only superheroes, but everyday people who stand up for what is right or help someone in need. After identifying their favorite superheroes, children will participate in creative play to identify their own unique strengths, gifts, and talents that they can leverage for good.

Presenters
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Trina Greene Brown

Parenting For Liberation
Trina Greene Brown is a self-proclaimed badass Black-feminist Mama activist, raising two proud Black children. She launched Parenting for Liberation as a space for parents of Black children to envision a world where our children are free to be their most liberated selves. Previously... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Student Center: Hilberry E

2:00pm EDT

Black Youth Storytelling Through Virtual Reality
If Detroit black youth could create virtual reality experiences, what kind of impact could they make? We will use the immersive power of VR to tell a personal story. We will use phones to create our soundtrack and 360° visuals, then use a free program to develop our VR experience. Participants will leave with the inspiration, knowledge, and resources to continue creating compelling VR on their own. Geared towards participants between the ages of 15 - 21.

Presenters
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Blair Adams

Detroit VR/Digital Destinies
Blair Adams is the leader of the Detroit VR Meetup group. He’s coordinated several workshops, VR Jams, and informative Meetups. The group’s mission is to build a strong, active, VR community in the Detroit area. He’s a former teacher at Detroit School of Arts. He develops VR... Read More →
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kristen Carethers

Producer, Detroit VR
Kristen Carethers has enjoyed a fruitful career in tv commercials and entertainment. Her experience, as a Producer, extends across multiple platforms; broadcast TV, in-cinema, web, and print. Currently she has brought her creative spirit to General Electric where she combines her... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 2:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
State Hall: Room 111

4:00pm EDT

Capoeira Angola of Bahia in Detroit
Have you ever wanted to explore Brazilian folkloric dance and music? We will learn about the past and present of Capoeira Angola and participants will get a chance to try music, Portuguese song, acrobatics and dance within Capoeira Angola. Participants will leave with a better understanding of artistic expression through dance and cultural unity.

Presenters
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Kelvin Wyatt

Tabcat Detroit
Contra-Mestre Pequenininho started training in Capoeira in 1997 in Detroit however he always thrived for a deeper understanding in Capoeira. This led him to find Mestre Caboclinho Aruanda. Pequenininho trains in Capoeira Angola of Bahia as passed to him. In 2009 Pequenininho was graduated... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
Student Center: Room 025
  Practice Space session

4:00pm EDT

Talk the Talk: AirGo and Dialogue as Resistance
How can we embody radical resistance in the ways we communicate? AirGo is a radio show and podcast showcasing strong young voices reshaping culture to be more equitable and creative. This session explores how, as media makers exploring the craft and theory of conversation, we can use non-hierarchical dialogue as a space to help build creative communities and support social movements.

Presenters
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Daniel Kisslinger

AirGo Cohost & Co-Exec. Producer
AirGo co-host & Co-Executive Producer Daniel Kisslinger is a Chicago-based producer, working in the worlds of radio, live events, digital interactive platforms, and community building. He does production across the city, including: Louder Than a Bomb, the world’s largest youth poetry... Read More →
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Damon Williams

AirGo Cohost & Co-Exec. Producer
Organizer, writer, host, and artist from the south side of Chicago. He is the cofounder of the #LetUsBreathe Collective, a grassroots alliance that operates the Breathing Room, a Black-led liberation space for arts, organizing, and healing on Chicago's South Side.Damon Williams is... Read More →


Saturday June 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
Student Center: Hilberry D
  Practice Space session
 
Sunday, June 18
 

10:00am EDT

Writing Resistance and Recovery
As we struggle with history, place, and possession(s), how do we respond with writing that helps us engage in resistance and recovery? In this workshop we will shape our writing via reading, listening, visualizing, and interacting. We will learn revision strategies, discuss critical poetic terms and concepts, and create a bibliography of texts and authors for future reading.

Presenters
avatar for Hoa Nguyen

Hoa Nguyen

Born in the Mekong Delta, Hoa was raised and educated in the United States and has lived in Canada since 2011. A poet, independent scholar, and poetics teacher, she is the author of As Long As Trees Last, Red Juice, Violet Energy Ingots, and A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am EDT
State Hall: Room 123
  Practice Space session

1:00pm EDT

Stop-Motion PSAs
Want to encourage people to think about or take action on an issue important to you? Come make a stop-motion animation PSA! Come with an issue you believe in, and we will supply the technology. We will share some cool animating techniques, many of which are available on your phone or tablet! This workshop is led by youth media leaders from SPNN, a Community Media Center in Saint Paul, MN.

Presenters
avatar for Nicola Pine

Nicola Pine

The SPNN Youth Action Committee (YAC) is a youth leadership group at SPNN, in Saint Paul, MN. We take action on social justice issues, create media projects, and teach others about how to use media to make change in their communities., www.spnn.org
As the SPNN Youth Programs Director, Nicola leverages her 20 years of youth development experience to develop and oversee dynamic programs for young people at SPNN. She is well-versed in the core elements of successful out-of-school programming, program evaluation, and youth media... Read More →


Sunday June 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Student Center: Hilberry D
  Practice Space session