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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!

Presenter, Terese Howard

March 23, 2012 Leave a comment

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.

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Presenter, Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish

March 23, 2012 Leave a comment

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.

Organizer, Daniel Salcido

March 23, 2012 Leave a comment

Daniel Salcido is an event coordinator for the Beyond Chicanismo Oral History Project at Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Department of Chicana/o Studies as well as a double major in Political Science and Chicana/o Studies.

 His writings have appeared in the Beyond Chicaismo Oral History Projects’ two student-produced books titled “The Symbols of Resistance” and “The Struggle for La Sierra,” as well as in Turning The Tide: Journal of Anti-Racist Action, Research and Education.

His interests include internal and decolonizing paradigms, popular and critical/radical educational pedagogies, and revolutionary nationalist movements for self-determination.

Finally, he is a Mexicano grassroots community activist, educator, and organizer with Resistencia Mexicana, Al Frente de Lucha and the Tierra Amarilla Youth Leadership Institute.

Check out Daniel Salcido as he presents on ‘Settler Imperialism and Stolen Lands’ during the 2012 Art of Social Justice Conference.

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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.

Organizer, Anthony Cortes

March 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Anthony Cortes is a 22 year old student at the University of Colorado Denver pursuing his degree in International Relations with a minor in Social Justice. His interests include Marxist and Socialist philosophies, songwriting, cooking, drawing, and filming. Catch Anthony as he presents on Visual Economy on Tuesday, April 10th at 2:30.


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