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Preview: The Wealth of Independence

April 9, 2012 Leave a comment

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.

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Preview: Colonialism as ‘Self-Determination’ in the UN Declaration of Indigenous Rights

April 6, 2012 Leave a comment

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!

 

Preview: “Naked: Reclaiming Sexuality After Tragedy.”

April 6, 2012 Leave a comment

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.

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Preview: Discovering Your Personal Art Form, Enacting Social Justice Naturally

April 6, 2012 Leave a comment

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.

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March 27, 2012 Leave a comment

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!

Event Preview: Contesting Colonial Identities

March 19, 2012 Leave a comment

“Contesting Colonial Identities”- Clayton Caroon and Glenn Spagnuolo

This panel will offer three presentations which examine the “identities” that have been created by historical imperial powers and forced upon the colonized peoples of the world and how these identities are being contested on both micro and macro levels. The first presentation will examine the false reality of universal norms created by the international legal system and its support of the Western power’s “civilizing mission.” This presentation will also explore an alternative perspective to the common narrative of universal norms of human rights in the international legal arena and the global economic market. The panel’s second presentation will examine how colonial and imperial structures were developed, applied, and utilized in East and Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim. Attention will be given to the development of these colonial structures over time and their effects on both the citizens of these states, local indigenous communities and global economic structures historically and today. The third presentation will look at how certain Indigenous colonized peoples contest their colonial identities through everyday interactions such as surfing and the tourism industry. Particular attention will be given to the often misunderstood “violence” and “locals only” ideology by native/ indigenous surfers on the North Shore of Hawai’i and also the “tamed savage” image that is popularly employed in the tourism industry in both Hawai’i and elsewhere in the Pacific Rim. Some attention will also be given to how the Kanaka Maoli people of Hawai’i have begun to contest these images as part of their struggle for political and territorial independence.

Set to happen at 2:30-3:45 on Tuesday, April 10th during the 2012 Art of Social Justice Conference. Snag the full program here.

The Funky Truth Is Coming

March 16, 2012 1 comment

 “Let the word go forth here and now that the struggle for freedom is still alive…..And the story of that struggle is still being told…….” Cornel West/ Sketches of my culture

The funky truth is coming: the funky truth is coming to Denver, Colorado, Auraria Campus on April 12th, 2012. The shaggy Afro Professor Dr. Cornel Ronald West is speaking as part of the Art of Social Justice Conference before steps into his new position as Religious Philosophy and Christian Practice Instructor. Being an author, critic, American philosopher, civil rights activist and orator, He is all over the country each year sharing his knowledge. West in his trademark attire a black suit, white shirt and tie is the Hip Hop Professor and voice of the New Jack Generation. His passion is being a voice for the masses of those who have no voice and creditability to break it all down on what is going on in the U.S. of A. He’s a walking encyclopedia of historical facts. You wouldn’t believe he use to bully students as a kid and hijack them for their milk money. Leaving messages on Facebook, at his dot com or twitter may prove to be worth it. Googling his name springs up a wealth of information in a technological era. Students around the country and world recognize this iconic “21st Century figure.” He is very approachable and connected to people.

You may have seen him after he gave Harvard University the boot. In the Matrix Reload and the Matrix Revolutions movies where he serves on the Council of Zion for the human race against the machine, Councilor West was just out of this world. As a member of the same fraternity as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he proudly represents the Alpha Phi Alpha world-wide. His take on educating the communities of young minds is beyond the social fabric of the politically correct.

One day on my radio show ‘Rap Radio JAM’ on Denver’s KLDC station, as I played his music CD the lines got busy with callers asking, “ who was that and where can I find that CD?” Even the station manager was fiendish for the music and I couldn’t wait to express this to West one day. It had me cracking up how conservatives open their eyes to some deep truths just as the youth have discovered he speaks our language. Take a listen to another piece of his music blasting out of a booming automobile or on radio dial:

“Without self-respect you’ll certainly self-destruct. Be true to ya’ history therein lays your possibility Harriett Tubman, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X. The past is prologue to ya’ future…”

“We all been through struggles ups and downs. We got quiet despair and active hope, but the tradition kicked in and the love made a difference and the caravan of struggle that made us who we are serve as a spring board for where we are right now….”

——– Excerpts of Dr. Cornel West’s CD Read more…