Sep
9
8:00am 8:00am

Black Women & Girls Symposium 2017 (#BWGSymposium)

The Black Women and Girls symposium was birthed from the collaborative efforts of critical interdisciplinary scholars who are challenged by the types of knowledge produced about and around Black women and girls. 

Our Collaborative’s larger purpose is to encourage and promote research on Black women and girls. As a research-working group, the Collaborative seeks to engage in critical works that complicate the existing narratives of Black women and girls and that speak to the heterogeneity of these populations on a global scale.

Our efforts include hosting an annual symposium that brings together a wide spectrum of participants to examine Black women and girls’ agency as producers of knowledge and agents of change. 

Slavin Center
Providence College
1 Cunningham Square
Providence, RI 02918

http://bwgsymposium.org

 

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Nov
17
to Nov 19

Data for Black Lives' Inaugural Conference at MIT

On November 17-19 2017 we will bring together community members, organizers, academics, technologists, educators, artists, policy makers, and public servants for the inaugural Data for Black Lives conference at the MIT Media Lab. We hope to:

  • Create a space where activists and data scientists can develop more meaningful relationships and collaborations
  • Engage the most pressing racial justice issues and explore opportunities for future research and practice through real-time problem-solving and brainstorming
  • Facilitate opportunities for activists to learn about new and relevant data tools that can scale their organizing work
  • Develop a blueprint for the future of data science as it relates to racial justice work

Featured speakers include: Turahn Dorsey (Chief of Education for the City of Boston), Rahsaan Hall (Director of Racial Justice Programs, ACLU), Melissa Nobles (Dean of Humanities & Professor of Political Science at MIT), Roger Brown (President of Berklee College of Music), Cathy O'Neil (author of Weapons of Math Destruction), Atyia Martin (Chief Resilience Officer for the city of Boston), Samuel Sinyangwe (Campaign Zero), Adam Foss (Prosecutor Impact), and Rafael Reif (President of MIT), Bob Moses (Algebra Project), Julia Angwin (Pro Publica), Janai Nelson (NAACP), Blair Evans (Incite Focus), Moon Duchin (Geometry of Gerrymandering), Ejike Obineme (VOTE NOLA).

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Aug
13
6:00pm 6:00pm

Rust Belt Chicago Literary Anthology Release Party

Join Belt Publishing in celebrating the release of Rust Belt Chicago, a collection of essays, journalism, poetry, and fiction edited by Martha Bayne. The pieces in this collection tell the vibrant and culturally rich history of this great city, all together singing a forlorn love song to a place similarly marked, if less evident, by deindustrialization and economic decline as Rust Belt sister cities. 

Featuring drink specials, brief readings by Britt Julious, Kathleen Rooney, Paul Durica,Toni Nealie, Rayshauna Gray, Zoe Zolbrod, David Isaacson, and Yana Kunichoff, plus a DJ set by Jake Austen. Free and open to the public. 

About the book:
Chicago is built on a foundation of meat and railroads and steel, but its identity long ago stretched past manufacturing. A city of opportunity from the get-go, it continues to lure new residents from around the world, and from across a region rocked by recession and deindustrialization. But the problems that plague the Belt don’t disappear once you get past Gary. In fact, they’re often amplified. Chicago’s glittering downtown towers stand in sharp contrast to the struggling south and west sides. A city defined by movement that’s the anchor of the Midwest, bound to its neighbors by a shared ecosystem and economy, Chicago’s complicated – both of the Belt and beyond it.

Rust Belt Chicago shares the myriad cultures in a single city marked by segregation, corrupt politics, and extreme temperatures, but also by fierce hometown pride, architectural marvels, and rich histories worth retelling.

http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/1507008-rust-belt-chicago-release-chicago/

Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
http://www.hideoutchicago.com

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May
12
to May 13

Audio for Good at Harvard Business School's Innovation Lab

Audio For Good is a hackfest where participants are challenged to make projects that help us hear one another and amplify stories that need to be told.

While stories are timeless, mediums change, with technologies like speech to text, bots, and voice interactive assistants (e.g. Alexa, Siri, Cortana, Google) arising in a golden age of podcasts.

Voices from the dark outside a campfire, a brave storyteller alone on stage, a poet rapid fire spitting rhymes with a beat, a podcaster's whispered tale of one life in millions of ears, a broadcaster revealing tragedy — our very lives are made of the stories we hear and tell.

Why does audio matter? It matters because it moves us. 

For the event, participants will gather on Friday, hear inspiring keynotes, and then dig in to pitching ideas and forming teams.

Work continues until Saturday afternoon, when projects will be presented to the group and an august panel for feedback, followed by a celebration and after party!

Organized by PRX, Radio Public, and HBS' Digital Initiative / Sponsored by SONOS

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Apr
8
1:45pm 1:45pm

Boston GLOW's #NotABarbie Career and Empowerment Conference: Public Speaking Workshop

The #NotABarbie Career and Empowerment Conference aims to provide guidance and build community among women and trans* professionals who are uninspired by “lean in” thinking. We seek to uplift and validate the characteristics that make women great employees, entrepreneurs, and leaders. 

This day-long conference is hosted by Boston GLOW (www.bostonglow.org) and features over 20 speakers in 3 breakout sessions and 3 keynote speakers. 

This workshop focuses on helping participants understand the public speaking/presentation style that is most natural and effective for them, and strategies for how to navigate a culture that is hostile to women’s voices. The group will discuss the role cultural traditions and values can play in communication styles, and look critically at the messages that discourage women's voices from public spaces. The workshop uses a combination of small group exercises, discussions, and stories to identify strategies to speak more confidently and resist imposter syndrome.

Speakers: Dave Rini (BARCC) and Rayshauna Gray (Tufts and Harvard Business School)

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Mar
25
8:30am 8:30am

The New England Humanities and Technology Camp 2017

THATCamp New England 2017 will be held on Sat. March 25, 2017 at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. The primary focus of this camp is Digital Pedagogy. Registration will open February 1st. We are pleased to offer room for up to 90 participants, on a first-come, first served basis. A continental breakfast will be provided.

Organizers are Profs. Ella Howard (Wentworth Institute of Technology) and Jessica Parr (UNH & Simmons College).

Speakers:

Franky Abbott, Curation and Education Strategist, Digital Public Library of America

Evan Thornberry, Geospatial and Reference Librarian, Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library

Brian Croxall, Digital Humanities Librarian, Brown University Library & Center for Digital Scholarship

Molly Hardy, DH Curator, American Antiquarian Society

Nancy Heywood, Digital Projects Coordinator, Massachusetts Historical Society

Marta Crilly, Archivist for Reference and Outreach, Boston City Archives

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Feb
28
6:30pm 6:30pm

Hostelling International Boston: Traveling While Black Panel

In celebration of Black History Month and Hostelling International's mission, HI Boston will be hosting a Traveling While Black panel. Our panel of Black travelers will discuss how identity and travel have intersected during their experiences exploring the world. The panel will discuss the following topics: travel accessibility, cultural norms abroad, the increase of Black travelers, obstacles, and racism. Audience members will also be invited to ask questions at the end of the panel. Light refreshments will be provided.

Panel: Amma Marfo, Obehi Janice, Nakia Navarro, and Rayshauna Gray

Location: HI Boston Hostel, 19 Stuart Street, Boston, MA (RSVP)

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Feb
24
to Feb 26

MisInfoCon by MIT's Media Lab and The Nieman Foundation for Journalism

MisinfoCon is a community of people focused on the challenge of misinformation and what can be done to address it. The gathering seeks to strengthen the trustworthiness of information across the entire news ecosystem: journalism, platform, community, verification, fact checking and reader experience.

Bringing together participants from different backgrounds to lead discussions and develop and test product prototypes, our goal is to connect leaders and develop actionable steps on how the various sectors can work together.

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Jan
27
to Jan 28

ORD Camp 2017

ORD Camp is a two day, invitation-only unconference in Chicago. It’s a time to collect together the best minds in the Midwest and beyond, to spark new ideas and spread old ideas. People from many different fields and many different walks of life get together and share, teach, and learn about uniquely interesting topics.

The one thing that all invitees have in common is that they are exceptionally passionate about what they do. 

Location: Google Chicago

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Nov
10
1:15pm 1:15pm

New England Museum Association's 2016 Conference

Offensive Objects: Displaying Work with Problematic Histories

Every visitor has a unique perspective and that means each visitor’s experience with an object will be unique. Not everyone will (or can) have a purely aesthetic or formal experience with an object. Objects with problematic histories need special attention. For the sake of this workshop, we’ll be defining “offensive” as objects that depict racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, colonialism, or imperialism. Hear from museum professionals from Mystic Seaport, as well as Jan Crocker, Exhibits Manager at Heritage Museums & Gardens, and Margaret Middleton, independent exhibit designer. Discuss what makes an object offensive, learn about strategies for addressing problematic objects, and participate in a reimagining of the display and interpretation of real objects from the Mystic Seaport collection.

Location: Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea (Mystic, CT)

Facilitators: Jan Crocker, Exhibit Manager, Heritage Museums & Gardens, MA; Margaret Middleton, Independent Designer, RI

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