Keynote Speakers

**Please note – we have limited number of free tickets for keynotes and special events available to the community.  Please click here to reserve and print a free ticket.  Name badges will serve as tickets for those registered with full-access for the entire conference.

**As of 4/16, we have been able to release additional tickets.  If those sell out, Thursday, after the first day of registration check-in, we will find out how many of those registered for the entire conference will attend each event.  If we are able to, we will release additional tickets online.  Community members are also welcome to show up at keynote events.  If there are open seats available a few minutes after events begin, we will seat waiting community members on a first come, first served basis.

Also see information about three film events open to the public here.

Wahneema LubianoThursday 4/18 at 7:30pm
“Falling into and out of Despair: Thinking as Political Romance.”
Wahneema Lubiano
is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of African & African American Studies at Duke University.  According to Black Cultural Studies, “Her rich cultural criticism insists on reading African-American literature and Black popular cultural production not just as a series of “texts”, but as living instances of Black expressive techniques forged in African diasporic, post-slavery cultures. Her attention to and interrogation of Black Studies and cultural studies as fields of knowledge results in a criticism that explores the tension between “strategic essentialism” and its foes.  Prof. Lubiano’s work demands a politics of representation, spectatorship, and audience formation that remains attached to the material experience of Black spectators and readers.”

Victoria MarksFri 4/19 at 11:20am
“A Choreographer Considers Disability:  Anecdotes and Rants”
Victoria Marks
creates dances for the stage, for film and in community settings.  Marks’ recent work has considered the politics of citizenship, as well as the representation of both virtuosity and disability. These themes are part of her ongoing commitment to locating dance-making within the sphere of political meaning.  Marks is a Professor of choreography in the Department of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA where she has been teaching since 1995.  She is a 2005 Guggenheim Fellow and has received recent grants from the Irvine Foundation, the NEA and the Los Angeles, Cultural Affairs Council.  In 1997, Marks was honored with the Alpert Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography.

Fri 4/19 at 6:30pm
“Sharpening the Contradiction We Sit In: Academia, Non-Profits and Organizing for Liberation.”
Kai Lumumba Barrow & Caitlin Breedlove, Southerners On New Ground (SONG)

Caitlin BreedloveCaitlin Breedlove (speaking with Kai Lumumba Barrow) has been Co-Director of Southerners on New Ground (SONG) since 2006.  She is a Queer, Femme, 2nd generation Eastern European immigrant who has been in the South her whole adult life.  Previous to her time with SONG, Caitlin spent three years as the Coordinator of the Intern Program at the Historic Highlander Research and Education Center in Tennessee. She has been on the funding panel for the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, and is an occasional contributor to the Bilerico Project blog. Caitlin’s current organizing passions are intersectional campaign building and new organizer leadership development. She lives in Goldsboro, North Carolina.

Kai Lumumba Barrow(speaking with Caitlin Breedlove) Born at the tail end of the 50s (19) in Chicago, Kai Lumumba Barrow is Southerners on New Ground (SONG)’s Senior Strategist. She is also a black radical, queer, femmenist, commie, painter and installation artist, brand new yoga practitioner, renewed altar-maker, long-time mother, lover, mentor, mvmt-builder, facilitator, schemer, dreamer, pic abolitionist, campaign strategist, and funky fashionista who has lived, loved and struggled in Chicago, Atlanta, Jersey, NYC, Durham, & New Orleans.  She has worked with organizations such as Critical Resistance, FIERCE! the Student Liberation Action Movement (SLAM), the Black Panther newspaper collective, the New Afrikan Independence Movement and numerous coalitions, defense committees, and even a few tasks forces. She lives in Durham, NC.

Andrea Smith

Sat 4/20 at 12:50pm
“Learning, Not  Schooling: Alternatives to the Academic Industrial Complex”
Andrea Smith
is a co-founder of Incite! Women of Color Against Violence and the Boarding School Healing Project.  She is the author of Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide (South End Press), and Native Americans and the Christian Right: The Gendered Politics of Unlikely Alliances (Duke).  She is also co-editor of The Color of Violence: The Incite! Anthology and editor of the Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex (Both South End Press).  She is Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at UC Riverside, and is also finishing her last year of law school at UC Irvine.

2:45pm – North Carolina Premiere of the new documentary “Anne Braden: Southern Patriot,” followed by a community panel.
More info on our screening here >>>

**Please note – we have limited number of free tickets for keynotes and special events available to the community.  Please click here to reserve and print a free ticket.  Name badges will serve as tickets for those registered for the entire conference.
**As of 4/13, community tickets for most keynotes are sold out or close to sold out, though several film screenings still have space left. 
Thursday, after the first day of registration check-in, we will find out how many of those registered for the entire conference will attend each event.  If we are able to, we will release additional tickets online.  Community members are also welcome to show up at keynote events.  If there are open seats available a few minutes after events begin, we will seat waiting community members on a first come, first served basis.

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