Conversations with Other Women [Travel Updates]

by Latoya Peterson


Four more events coming up for me, and one for the fabulous Andrea Plaid.

Campus Progress Presents New Models in Media and Activism (Latoya/DC)

Friday, March 25, 2011

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Center for American Progress
1333 H St NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
Featured Speakers

Amanda Terkel, Latoya Peterson, Amy Austin & Melinda Wittstock

Panelists Amy Austin, publisher of the Washington City Paper; Latoya Peterson, editor of; Melinda Wittstock, Founder, CEO and Bureau Chief of Capitol News Connection; and Amanda Terkel, senior politics reporter at The Huffington Post will talk about some of the cutting-edge work in media and activism they are doing and discuss how to use new (and old) technology to help women craft new and different kinds of messages. The discussion will be followed by a happy hour at The Laughing Man Tavern:

Laughing Man Tavern
1306 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

The panel is part of WAM! It Yourself, a do-it-yourself decentralized version of the annual Women, Action & the Media (WAM!) conference.

Price: Free with RSVP!

WAM! NYC Presents WAM It Yourself Conference for Feminist Media Makers (Andrea/NYC)

WAM lt Yourself Conference for
Feminist Media Makers
Saturday, March 26, 9AM – 5PM
Hive 55 (55 Broad St) in lower Manhattan

Sorry — this event is completely sold-out! But please join us for Friday’s Happy Hour (details above) and Sunday’s Brunch (details below), and follow us live on twitter: #wamnyc

Featured panels this year include:

* Feminist perspectives in progressive publications
* Social media for activism
* “Beats outside the box”—economy, immigration, labor, education
* Feminist blogging
* Pitching and getting published

Confirmed speakers: Amanda Marcotte (Pandagon/RH Reality Check), Irin Carmon (Jezebel), Jessica Bennett (Newsweek), Sarah Seltzer (Alternet), Emily May (Hollaback), Andrea Plaid (Racialicious), Janna Zinzi (Swirl PR), Julianne Escobedo Shepherd (Alternet), Kathryn Joyce (Religion Dispatches), Dana Goldstein, Bryce Covert (New Deal 2.0), Michelle Chen (ColorLines), Lauren Kelley (Alternet), Megan Carpentier (Raw Story), Jennifer LaFleur (ProPublica), Sarah Laskow (The Media Consortium), Jenn Pozner (Women in Media & News), Lori Adelman (Feministing), Jen Nedeau (Time Magazine), Deanna Zandt and more great speakers coming!

Follow this event live via Twitter at #wamnyc!

Price: Sold out, but come chill at brunch or happy hour, or follow Andrea on Twitter for the dish.

The Women’s Media Center Presents An Evening With Gloria Steinem And Young Feminist Leaders (Latoya/San Francisco)

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Herbst Theatre
San Francisco, California

6:00 PM

Confirmed young feminist speakers include:

Lena Chen is a sex and gender journalist and blogger (,, organizer of the 2010 Rethinking Virginity conference, and co-founder of Feminist Coming Out Day, a visibility campaign started at Harvard University and now active at 15 colleges in the U.S.

Shelby Knox is a feminist organizer, speaker and writer, and Director of Organizing, Women’s Rights, for She became nationally known as the subject of the 2005 Sundance award-winning film The Education of Shelby Knox.

Miriam Perez is a writer, blogger and reproductive justice activist. She works with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and is an Editor at

Latoya Peterson is a hip hop feminist, editor of, and tech and gaming enthusiast. She eats pop culture for breakfast.

Moderated by Rose Aguilar, host of — KALW News.

Price: General Admission $29/ Students $15

Howard University Television Career Day (Latoya/DC)

As WHUT-TV prepares for our annual spring student seminars, it is my great pleasure to request your participation as one of our panelists in Careers in Media. This seminar is being planned for April 7th at 4pm.

The seminar will be open to students from Howard University’s School of Communications and WHUT’s own Students-In-Training from our internship and volunteer program. Our mission and objective is to prepare them in making practical decisions in their future professional endeavors by providing them with inside perspectives and insight from successful working professionals already in the field.

Price: Free for Howard Communication Students

Refuse the Silence Presents Ain’t I A Woman: Race in the Feminist Movement (Latoya/Andrea/NYC)

Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY

Ain’t I A Woman: Women of Color Speak On Activism
April 11th, 2011, 6PM – 12AM
Mixer 6PM ** Panel 7-9PM ** Party 9-12AM

Long after Sojourner Truth pondered the question – “Aint I A Woman?” we continue to face a white supremacist culture that undermines women of color, young women, undocumented immigrants, and the LGBTQ community. We’re convening this panel to ignite a discourse about the experiences of women of color in the feminist movement and beyond. On this night, six outstanding feminists and activists will go head-to-head to discuss race in the feminist movement today.

We know that the movements to eradicate racism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia and sexism are inextricably connected. We reject the silencing and subjugation of women of color and aim to create a safe and courageous space to raise our voices, confront tensions, celebrate our triumphs, create collective solutions and share our stories. Through this sharing, we can create a united front so that, instead of surviving through silence, there can be a dialogue on how to battle institutionalized oppression.

Speaking our truth is crucial to our survival. By gathering together and learning from our shared and individual tales of love and struggle, we will each emerge with new perspectives that will enable us to engender the change we envision for the world.

In the words of bell hooks, “There can be no feminist revolution without an end to racism, classism, ageism…”

Round One: Latoya Peterson, Founder of Racialicious
Elizabeth Mendez Berry, Journalist

Round Two: Lori Adelman, Program Associate at International Women’s Health Coalition
Aimee Thorne-Thomsen, Reproductive Rights Activist

Round Three: Jessie Daniels, PhD, Author and Sociology Professor at Hunter College
Anna Holmes, Jezebel Founding Editor

Music by DJ Lobotomy Copter throughout the night,

**$10 Suggested Donation (but no one turned away for lack of funds)
**We encourage live tweeting during the event using the hastag, #AIAW

** For more info, contact Morgane at with the subject line: “Ain’t I A Woman”

Price: $10 to help us cover reservation costs, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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  • Lena

    Yay! See ya next week in SF and then in NY :)

  • Jessica Isabel

    I’ll be at WAM! So excited to meet everyone that I’ve been reading and following for so long.