FREEDOM DREAMS/FREEDOM NOW CONFERENCE
MAY 28-30, 2014
Freedom Dreams Freedom Now! was an intergenerational interactive gathering of scholars, artists & activists to wrestle with the past and imagine & organize for a better future.
Speakers & Participants included:
- 24 states & 34 U.S. colleges were represented among the intergenerational and interdisciplinary crowd.
- 1/3 of the conferees were under 25, the majority people of color.
- 9 of UIC's colleges were represented among the featured panelists.
CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS CONFERENCE PHOTOS & VIDEOS
Freedom Dreams…Freedom Now! was a 3 day conference in honor of the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer ‘64. We invited activists, community leaders, students, scholars, and artist to join us in reflecting on the legacy of Freedom Summer ’64 while at the same time developing analysis, skills, and strategy to further contemporary movement building for social justice. Prominent organizers, scholars, and artist led workshops, strategy sessions, and presentations on some of the most pressing social justice issues of our time. The videos will encompass all the conference plenaries and the key sessions.
COMPLEX MOVEMENTS WORKSHOP
Complex Movements is a Detroit-based artists’ collective composed of graphic designer/fine artist Wesley Taylor, music producer/filmmaker Waajeed, hip-hop lyricist/organizer Invincible, and creative technologist/multimedia artist Carlos (L05) Garcia. They develop interactive performance work and workshops that illuminate connections between complex science and social justice movements to support the transformation of communities. Their current project “Beware of the Dandelions,” integrates elements of sci-fi, gaming, hip-hop, techno, animation, and architecture, and is being co-produced by Sage Crump. Sage is co-director of Art is Change, which supports work to transform culture in the areas of economy, ecology, community, and creativity. Sage is also a long time member of Alternate ROOTS, and sits on the national advisory committee of Women of Color in the Arts.
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