The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate how the medium of digital stories can be use to help build a movement. In this workshop, I will talk about key elements in digital stories and why they are useful for activists. Using a digital story I made about the wages of home aids who help people with disabilities as a jumping off point, we will discuss how digital stories can be used for other social justice issues. Hosted by Katrina at 2pm on Thrsday in the Tivoli Multicultural Lounge.
Self-determination is a cornerstone of the entire concept of human liberation. Using the complete inversion of self-determining rights codified in the recent United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a lens, we will examine the extent to which we’ve lost our collective sense of this core principle, and what is need to restore not only our understanding of its meaning but of its proper place in our struggles for social, economic, and political justice. Led by Ward Churchill, at 10am on Wednesday, April 10th during the Art of Social Justice Conference. Don’t forget your program!
NAKED! is a celebration to raise awareness for men and women who have been victims of rape or domestic violence. Most times when a person has gone through these tragedies, the main thing that is attacked is their sexuality. Rather it is through rape or domestic violence, a healthy acceptance of sexuality and self love is the goal and motivation for this wonderful artistic performance of NAKED! NAKED! will host the premiere of the highly anticipated debut of the new calendar, Bare Astrology, dedicated to the same celebration and awareness of rape and domestic violence. Happening Tuesday at 7:30. Grab the full program for the Art of Social Justice Conference here. For more info, visit http://www.bareastrology.yolasite.com.
This workshop will examine how our life circumstances can not be labeled or seen as something that is bad or good, but as the very elements that allow us to refine ourselves into a work of art. Through simple exercises, we will discuss how one finds their own personal way to make one’s life a living art form, and set intentions for going forward into the future this way. Lastly, we will discuss how in living our life as art, we naturally enact social justice within the world around us. Led by Lynsie Buteyn, Wednesday April 11th at the Art of Social Justice Conference.
The traditional university course that relies on lectures is being replaced by more participatory and multi-media learning strategies. Central to this change is the scholarly-activist video, produced by students who advocate for social justice within and outside the university. This workshop is designed to provide participants with three key steps to create scholarly-activist videos and receive appropriate academic reward for their work. The steps include designing a scholarly plan of action, crafting politically useful visual text, and measuring the efficacy of scholarly-activist videos. This is not a video production how-to workshop. It is a hands-on conversation about the integration of video strategies in university coursework and dissemination of image-based scholarship in the Ivory Tower and beyond. Led by Marty Otañez, Phd
of University of Colorado, Denver’s Anthropology Department. Grab the full program for the Art of Social Justice Conference here!
Terese Howard is an active participant of Occupy Denver. She has been involved since the beginning in many fronts, including as a member of the GA procedures Committee, Education Committee, and Declaration of Purpose Drafting group. She is a first year graduate student at UC Denver in the Master of Humanities and Social Sciences Program, focusing on philosophy and politics. She has been an organizer for Free School Denver, Black Mesa Indigenous support, and other projects in Denver for several years. Her interests range from public spheres and participatory democracy, the roles of inclusion and exclusion in shaping effective social movements, and responsibility and accountability for informal and formal leadership. Listen to Terese discuss her role in the Occupy Denver Movement during the Occupy Panel at 1pm on Thursday, April 12th during the 2012 Art of Social Justice Conference.
Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish is a co-director at Woodbine Ecology Center promoting a whole-istic & just sustainability that acknowledges indigenous contributions & struggles. She has long been passionate & active in sustainability, social justice, and cultural imagination. She recently returned from Uganda as a State Department BoldFood fellow working to ensure global food security & justice starting with the US and Uganda. She co-hosts the Skywalker Artivist Meetup (artist+activist=artivist). Her favorite ecological term is “ecotome” (or ecotone), an especially diverse boundary zone between ecological communities. Michelle is a multi-ethnic writer, editor, project instigator, and mother of three.