Tuesday, February 28th
Lecture: “Change Activists: Women/Civil Rights”
I’m still actually tweaking this lecture, so the title will change before I present it next week, but I am the closing speaker for Black History Month, and the opening speaker for Women’s History Month. The themes they asked me to intertwine are Black Women in American History and Culture and Women Enacting Change, so I’m doing “The Rebellious Women’s Guide to American History” which I think covers all the bases. It also allows me to explore some of the hidden stories behind events, so I want to look at things like the Zora Neale Hurston being initially outside of the canon of Harlem Renaissance, Ella Bakers strong challenges civil rights leaders over sexism and other topics, Flo Kennedy and Shirley Chislom’s race-gender tightrope, and why no one knows Yuri Kochiyama was with Malcolm X when he was murdered.
Location: U Mass Dartmouth, Rhode Island
18 Johnny Cake Hill
New Bedford, MA 02740
Since this is a conversation, I’m not sure what exactly is going to be said, but here’s the description the Asian American Writers Workshop sent over to me:
Provocative in theme and format (we want to avoid the traditional academic panel), this five-part event series is scheduled to take place in late February and March 2012 with topics ranging from “the L.A. Uprising” to “White Identity” to “Race and Comedy.” The events will be historically situated, feature smart guests revisiting period-specific events through multimedia presentations, and bring together a diverse line-up of thinkers, artists, musicians, and writers. […]
I do hope you might be interested and available to participate in the series by appearing at an event entitled “What do we talk about when we talk about race?” which will open with 2-3 minute reflections/exhibit of cultural artifacts of the post-1989 era, including segments on “ebonics”, “political correctness,” and David Horowitz’s “Ten Reasons Why Reparations is a Bad Idea and Racist Too.” This will be followed by a panel on the new frontier of the language of race and multiculturalism and how new technologies (like the Internet) has changed/not changed the conversation.
TBD, but I believe its the PowerHouse Arena in DUMBO (Brooklyn, New York).
Monday, March 12th
Moderating – “Race, Know When to Hold It, Know When to Fold It” @ SXSW
I’m a last minute addition to this great panel, featuring:
Adria Richards – ButYoureAGirl
Anjuan Simmons – Infosys
Corvida Raven – TED
Scott Hanselman – Microsoft
This panel seeks to change the conversation from “What can technology conferences do about diversity?” to “What can attendees do about diversity at technology conferences?” The panel is composed of speakers who have each presented at multiple technology conferences on topics that did not focus on race or diversity but instead spoke on topics of sci-fi, electronic ownership of email and digital wills, the influence of mobile development via comic books, social media for youth and business automation lessons from Amazon. While the diversity of some major tech conferences has steadily improved over the years, geek culture – which remains overwhelmingly white and male – is still the norm. This can be daunting for people who, despite being experts in technology and new media, don’t see themselves reflected in the marketing materials or content. For example, there are almost no people of color on sxsw.com home page. The panelists will share how individuals can contribute to making technology conferences more inclusive. How about: This panel will look at some of the cultural and economic factors that shape inclusion and exclusion and generate an action list for attendees.
How can attendees get over the feeling of exclusion at technology conferences?
How do I deal with feeling “invisible” in the crowds of white men that dominate technology conferences?
What is the best approach to get panel submissions accepted that don’t focus on race and diversity issues?
What problems are underrepresented technology practitioners trying to solve when they create their own events?
How can underrepresented groups support each other to encourage attendance, speaker submissions and participation in technology conferences?
Location: SXSW Interactive, Austin, Texas
Thursday, March 15th
Graduate Women at MIT’s Spring Empowerment Conference
Keynote: “Who Runs The World? (Not Girls, Not Yet…)”
For this talk, I’m going to look at the conversations we have around tech and ability, the structural barriers that casually discourage women from heading to the tops of their fields, Sheryl Sandberg’s TED Talk, some lessons from the gaming world, and ideas on what women can do to become casual activists in their own lives and careers.
Location: Somewhere on the MIT Campus
Saturday, April 7th
Black Thought 2.0 Conference: New Media and the Future of Black Studies
Panel: “The Twitterati and Twitter-gentsia: Social Media and Public Intellectuals”
I am so excited to be on this panel, especially because it’s a lot of folks with amazing insights:
Marc Lamont Hill (Columbia University/Our World with Black Enterprise)
Jay Smooth (Editor of Ill Doctrine)
Blair Kelley (North Carolina State University)
Latoya Peterson (Editor of Racialicious)
Imani Perry (Princeton University)
Mark Anthony Neal (Moderator)
Location: Duke University
And later in the year…
June 20 – 24th
National Association of Black Journalists Conference
“What White Folks Know About Media That We Don’t”
Presented with Matt Thompson
Thursday, October 4
Pop Impact! Symposium
Ohio State University
Wexner Center for the Arts
Hope to see some of you there!