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The following information can be downloaded as a PDF: “Voices of Resistance” conference program

8:00 – 9 a.m.: Breakfast

(Garden Room – Rm. 130)

8:45 – 9 a.m.: Introduction by Cristina Mislan (President of Communication GRAD Forum) (Garden Room – Rm. 130)

9:05 – 10:20 a.m.:    Session 1

Creative Activism: Social Justice in the Arts (Harshbarger – Rm. 104)

Moderator: Chenjerai Kumanyika, Pennsylvania State University


  • Paul Russell Laverack (California State University): “Labor Action! Fifteen Fights in the Battle for a Better World”
  • Zooey Pook (Oakland University): The Radical Act of Transsexuality: A Rhetorical Analysis of Lana Wachoswski’s HRC Visibility Award Speech
  • Leslie Christina Sotomayor (Pennsylvania State University): Social Justice through the Arts
  • Melina Sherman (Northwestern University): Dancing Alone, Together: Agency and Remediation inside a ‘Music Scene for Bros’

Opening Public Space for the Marginalized in Education (Memorial Lounge – Rm. 107)

Moderator: Steve Bien-Aimé, Pennsylvania State Univrsity


  • Shannon Frey and Colleen Shaughnessy (Pennsylvania State University) Countering the Heroic Narrative: Prisoners, Human Dignity, and the Adult Classroom
  • Jeffrey Masko (Pennsylvania State University) What Could Have Been Done? Revolutionary Students, Campus Protest and Occupy Cal
  • Nora Murphy (DePauw University) Student Voice in Integrated Schools: Advising Leaders in a Transitional Society
  • Leocadia Diaz Romero (Visiting Scholar Columbia University and NYU) Global Activism, New Media and the Virtual Public Sphere

10:25 – 11:40 a.m.:   Session 2

Communicating Activism through Media Technologies (Harshbarger – Rm. 104)

Moderator: Melanie Formentin, Pennsylvania State University


  • Dylan Chandler (Royal Roads University): Lulz Happening, Serious Play in the cyber activism of            Anonymous and Lulzsec
  • Julie Debaveye (Université Lumière Lyon 2): Access to Visibility and Critical Hypertextuality of @CLACMontreal
  • Paige Mustain (University of Massachusetts Amherst): Perpetuating Inequality: Youth and Digital Exclusion
  • Evan Rowe (One Struggle): New Technologies, New Tactics. Possible Ways to Use New Media to Challenge Capital
  • Cari Tindall (Pennsylvania State University): Women’s Empowerment and the Utilization of ICTs in Brazil and Chile

Media Activism: Questions of Pedagogy and Practice (Memorial Lounge – Rm. 107)

Moderator: Brian Dolber, SUNY College at Oneonta


  • Anthony Figuccio (SUNY College at Oneonta)
  • Emily Knapp (SUNY College at Oneonta)
  • Victoria Slater (SUNY College at Oneonta)

11: 45 – 1:15 p.m.:      Lunch

(Garden Room – Rm. 130)

1:20 – 2:40 p.m.:        Keynote Address:

Dr. Robert Jensen: Social Justice in End Times

Memorial Lounge – Rm. 107

2:45 – 4:00 p.m.:       Session 3

Health Reform: Innovative Messaging to Address Medical Concerns (Harshbarger – Rm. 104)

Moderator: Haiyan Jia, Pennsylvania State University


  • Micaela Amateau Amato and Cara Judea Alhadeff (Pennsylvania State University): Dematerializing the Fiction of Democracy
  • Janelle Applequist (Pennsylvania State University): An Autoethnography on Anorexia: How Treating an Individual as more than an Illness Opens Important Dialogue and Creates Positive Change
  • Aimee M. Gallagher (Pennsylvania State University): The Effects of Parental Nativity and Poverty Level on Childhood Obesity and Family Meal Frequency
  • Judith L. Newman (Pennsylvania State Abington): Lobotomy to LSD: Research exploitation of especially vulnerable children during the 20th century in the United States
  • Jennifer Valdivia Espino (Pennsylvania State University): The Development of a Hispanic/Latino Family Workbook Employing FNS Core Preschool Child-Feeding Messages

The Point is to Change It: Voices of Scholar-Activists in Communications (Memorial Lounge – Rm. 107)

Moderator: Matt McAllister, Pennsylvania State University


  • Michael Elvasky (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Amy McNichols (McDaniels College)
  • Michelle Rodino-Colocino (Pennsylvania State University)

4:05 – 4:30 p.m.:       Performance

Hip-Hop Artist/Activist Jasiri X

Memorial Lounge – Rm. 107

4:40 – 5:40 p.m.:       Activist Panel Discussion

Living in Our Communities: Action and Reflection (Memorial Lounge – Rm. 107)

Moderator: Chenjerai Kumanyika, Pennsylvania State University


  • Paradise Gray (One Hood Media Academy)
  • Lili Hadsell (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Olivia Pecora (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Jasiri X (One Hood Media Academy)

5:45 – 7:00 p.m.:        Session 4

Cyber Activism: Promoting Change from the Digital Sphere (Harshbarger – Rm. 104)

Moderator: Aaron Heresco, Pennsylvania State University


  • Meijiadai Bai (University Illinois at Urbana-Champaign): Goddesses or Bitches? Online Debates on Public and Private Morality of Female Public Intellectuals
  • Brittany Brown (Pennsylvania State University): Youtube’s Virtual “Natural Hair” Community: YouTube  as a Platform for African American Women to Promote/Readopt Afrocentric Beauty Values
  • Rob Grace (Pennsylvania State University): Social Media and the Public Sphere: An Analysis of Social Media Use in Response to Recent Gun Control Legislation
  • Brad Serber (Pennsylvania State University): Yala (Let’s Go!), Young Leaders: Moving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Online

Shifting Society through Pop Culture: Television, Film and Video Games (Memorial Lounge – Rm. 107)

Moderator: Dunja Antunovich, Pennsylvania State University


  • Sanchari De (Jadavpur University) A Room with a Viewer: A Study of Resistance to the Spectacle of Geopolitical Capitalism in Jafar Panahi’s Films
  • Lauren J. DeCarvalho (Pennsylvania State University) Sex (and Survival) and the City: HBO’s Girls as Postfeminist/Post-Recession Text
  • James C. Vlisides and Samuel Greene (Bowling Green State University) Rendered Subjection Ideological Constructions of the Neo-Oriental

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