OPENING SPACE FOR THE

 

RADICAL IMAGINATION

APRIL 19-20, 2019 | OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY  

Accommodations for disability may be made by contacting

541-737-4098

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Friday, April 19

Memorial Union at Oregon State University

9:00-9:45

Check-In

Memorial Union 49: Horizon Room

 

9:45-11:15

Maker Space: Reimagining Justice Inside the Empire

Charlene Martinez

Memorial Union Horizon Room

WORKSHOP/ART INTERVENTION

This session is an opportunity to be in community with other fellow participants, read from the Asian American Literary Review's Book of Curses, and design a spell or intervention for what justice looks like inside the empire.

9:45-11:15

Storying Community Science: Gamifying Collaborative Inquiry

Kosmologym & Joanne Douglas

Memorial Union Horizon Room

WORKSHOP

Science has long served as a justification for imperialist and colonialist forms of domination. We would like to reframe science as a storytelling game that might be both more inclusive and accessible.

11:15-12:45

Using Radical Kinship in Promoting Healing Within Classroom Communities

Luhui Whitebear & Jason Tena-Encarnacion

Eena Haws Native American Longhouse

WORKSHOP

Classrooms can be more than places of learning. They can be spaces of community and healing.

11:15-12:45

Emergent Strategy

adrienne maree brown

Memorial Union Horizon Room

WORKSHOP

“What is easy is sustainable. Birds coast when they can.”

 

12:45-1:30

Lunch Break

 

1:30-3:00

Re-Imagining Leadership Through Radical Love

Luhui Whitebear & Reagan Le

Memorial Union Horizon Room

WORKSHOP

Many of us have been conditioned to think of a hierarchical structure as the basis of power and authority on college campuses. This workshop will ask participants to think about how they lead and ways to intervene these structures that are based in an ethic of love.

1:30-3:00

Learning How to Play With & Against the System: Decision Dilemmas Experienced by the Building 7 Collective

Marc D. Lachapelle

Memorial Union Horizon Room

WORKSHOP

Transition towards post-growth societies implies a coexistence with capitalist institutions. This coexistence involves some forms of “structures of constraints” which impose a logic of action that may not be consistent with the project’s core values. How to implement an alternative initiative coherently without compromising its essence? How to be simultaneously against, without and within capitalist society?

2:30-4:00

Wobbly Class Act: Life After Capitalism

Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)

Memorial Union Lounge (Family Room)

WORKSHOP

Our intent is to create and sustain a commons of sorts, where participants have the opportunity to come together in an informal setting to discuss issues and share personal experiences. We see the cultivation of ‘alternative’ social spaces as vital to growing meaningful relationships and movement building.

3:00-4:00

Hearts & Minds: A Thinkshop on How Ideas Really Move in the Digital Age

Lara Messersmith-Glavin

Memorial Union Horizon Room

WORKSHOP

Traditional wisdom on the left has taught us that the best way to share our ideas is through writing books or publishing pamphlets for the masses--but does anyone ever read these things? Are study groups the best means of educating ourselves? How do ideas spread and travel in the digital age?

3:00-4:00

"How Do You Want It:" Alternative Futures through Hip-Hop

Azeem Hussaini & Colin Cole

Memorial Union Horizon Room

PRESENTATION

We would like to traverse through Hip-Hop’s legacy and discuss its social justice themes, with a particular emphasis on early 90’s to present. We will briefly examine how Hip-Hop manifests itself in other regions through processes of globalization and migration.

5:00-6:30

 

Memorial Union Horizon Room

 

Keynote Speaker

 

Care Work:

 

Dreaming Disability Justice

Leah Lakshmi

 

Piepzna-Samarasinha

 

7:00-8:30

 

Memorial Union Horizon Room

Keynote Speaker

Pleasure Activism:

 

The Politics of Feeling Good

adrienne maree brown

 

 

 

 

Saturday, April 20

 

Mercato of Alternatives

10:00-7:00

Memorial Union Main Lounge

Holding Space

Huntress Keller & Jason Schindler

learning zone, art collaboration, respite, making kin, brave space, contemplative practices

Neighborhood Anarchist Collective (NAC)

NAC strives to grow the anarchist movement through strategic direction action and by providing a welcoming environment for education and participation.

N.O. Bonzo

Artist based in Portland, Oregon.

AK Press

AK Press is a worker-run collective that publishes and distributes radical books, visual and audio media, and other mind-altering material.

PM Press

PM Press seeks to create radical and stimulating fiction and nonfiction books, pamphlets, t-shirts, visual and audio materials to educate, entertain, and inspire you.

 

Haymarket Books

Haymarket Books is a radical, independent, nonprofit book publisher based in Chicago, a project of the Center for Economic Research and Social Change.

 

Institute for Anarchist Studies

IAS, established in 1996 to support the development of anarchism, is a grant-giving organization for radical writers and translators worldwide. To date, we have funded over a hundred projects by authors from countries around the world.

 

Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)

The IWW is a member-run union for all workers, a union dedicated to organizing on the job, in our industries and in our communities. 

 

10:00-11:00

Meditation: Breathing Peace

Kristina Beggen

Memorial Union 208: La Raza Room

WORKSHOP

The human mind, in all of its complexity and beauty, still requires some refreshing every so often. Meditation is a practice that has persisted across our globe and throughout human history in a myriad of different forms that has helped to soothe countless human heads and bodies.

10:00-11:30

Que(e)r(y)ing the Ecotone

pavlos stavropoulos

Memorial Union 109

WORKSHOP

Ecotones are borders and edges, where two or more ecosystems meet and blend with each other, creating a new ecosystem. Many of us inhabit these borderlands, the in-between, the neither/nor/both/many, find ourselves on the edges of multiple cultures, languages, ideas, practices, genders, sexualities, homelands, and identities.

10:00-11:30

A World Beyond War- Is It Possible?

Leah Bolger

Memorial Union Journey Room

PRESENTATION

Everyone wants peace, so why don't we have it? Is it even possible to end war? What would that look like?

10:00-11:30

Communications Liberation (Praxis to Make the Imagined Possible)

Michele Gretes

Memorial Union 13: Multipurpose Room

WORKSHOP

The sobering reality is that many (if not most) radical organizers and thinkers today rely heavily on apps and platforms designed to provide hostile adversaries with easy access to their internal work and private communications. Say it together, y'all: "google docs and cops and klan go hand in hand in hand."

11:30-1:00

Partners in Transformation: Making Space for Children, Elders, Parents, & Careshifters in Activist Communities

Cassandra Hall & Maple Hall

Memorial Union 109

WORKSHOP

Through engagement with decolonial, disability justice, and healing justice frameworks, this workshop offers tangible and everyday ways in which we can better support children/youth, elders, and those who parent/care in our communities.

11:30-1:00

The Joy of Gathering

Sara Finkle

Memorial Union 104: Journey Room

WORKSHOP

This workshop will be about an assortment of ways to shake up how we gather when we’re trying to effect change. Working with the premise that we need to create new paradigms of how we are together in order to change the bigger systems of our world, we will practice some of the ways we can do this.

11:30-1:00

Healing Divides: From Domination to Autonomy in the Classroom

Matthew S. McGarvey & Anthony J. Ratcliff

Memorial Union 13: Multipurpose Room

WORKSHOP

Because the classroom is a point of social (re)production, it is a target for direct action and revolutionary takeover. Autonomized classrooms counter-produce professors and students, and classroom practice, as anti-capitalist and self-determining.

1:00-2:00

 

Lunch Break

2:00-3:30

To Care Is To Struggle

Kevin Van Meter

Memorial Union Journey Room

PRESENTATION

Often lost in the slogans, chants, and feverish excitement of a street action, or the ideological and sematic battles waged by radicals, is the richness of human relations. It is the ‘in between’ of these relations—expressed, in part, as care—that reproduces both the social order and revolutionary movements.

2:00-3:30

Process Over Product: Decolonizing the Arts

Regional Arts & Culture Council

Márquez Mendez, Eugenie Jolivett Fontana, & Shannon McClure

Memorial Union 13: Multipurpose Room

WORKSHOP

This workshop/panel will encourage participation in exploring the experiences of artists from historically marginalized communities through themes of creative expression and power structures.

3:30-5:00

Sex Work, Labor, Solidarity

Emily Rose McDonald

 

Memorial Union 109

WORKSHOP

The purpose of this workshop is to critically, and materially, explore the relationships between sex work, feminism, labor politics, and liberation.

3:30-5:00

University to Multiversity: Playing for Preferred Futures

Cody Lestelle

Memorial Union 104: Journey Room

WORKSHOP/ENTERTAINMENT

Come and marvel at the wonders of learning through play and level up in life utilizing the structure of games!

3:30-5:00

Gay, Black, & Proud

Ash Canty

Memorial Union 13: Multipurpose Room

ART INTERVENTION

In a time when things can seem to be unraveling fast how do we find resilience and strength through it all? How do we come together in our differences and celebrate each other? How do we hold the hard questions and still see the good? Join spoken word artist Ash as they explore themes of Race, Gender, Queerness, Sexuality and what it means to be alive in these time right now through their works of spoken word poetry.

5:00-6:30

Towards A Decolonial Antifascism

Hillary Lazar

Memorial Union 104: Journey Room

PRESENTATION

It is impossible to decouple the racialized, colonial project of determining who qualifies as a desirable or legitimate citizen from efforts to suppress political opposition. In essence, border politics, political repression, and mechanisms of State control must be understood as interconnected.

7:00-8:30

Obstacles to Women's Movements in the Middle East & Americas

Nasim Basiri, Minerva Zayas, Carolina Melchor, & Odunola Dorcas Oladego

Memorial Union 109

PRESENTATION

This panel seeks to reflect on contemporary women’s movements in the Middle East and Americas within the general context of the regions. The case studies of different movements led by women will elucidate instances of some of the uncovered debates, problems and policies that has shaped the backgrounds to contemporary women’s activism in these areas of the world.

9:00-10:00

Closing Musical Performance by

MOsley WOtta

Memorial Union Horizon Room

Chicago born Jason McNeal Graham ( August 17, 1983) better known as MOsley WOtta, (MOWO) is a consummate creative. MOsley WOtta has been featured internationally as a speaker, performer, poet, visual artist and educator for well over a decade.

A former slam poetry champion for the state of Oregon,MOWO’s work focus on the power of voice. He has been featured multiple times as a TED X speaker/performer.

His CV includes Sundance Film Festival, Fiji International Jazz & Blues Festival, MAGIC trade show Las Vegas, Street Con Dubai, Valley Fiesta Australia, PBS Oregon Art Beat. Recently MOWO was selected as and Oregon Humanities Conversation Project leader. Additionally MOWO is an Art Ambassador with the RISE UP INTL and the US Embassy.