Saturday, March 28; Brooklyn, NY
"Butler is considered a master storyteller in the genre of speculative fiction. Her work explores themes such as race, gender, power, sexism, and spirituality. This symposium is dedicated to exploring her work in particular and the impact of speculative fiction in the literature of Black writers."
Friday, April 17 through Sunday, April 19; New York, NY
"Left Forum brings together organizers and intellectuals from across the globe to share ideas for understanding and transforming the world. We organize events throughout the year, and our annual flagship conference that takes place each spring. Left Forum provides a context for the critical dialogue that is essential for a stronger Left and a more just society."
Brooklyn Food Conference
Saturday, May 2; Brooklyn, NY
"The Brooklyn Food Conference will bring together a uniquely broad and diverse community of activists and citizens to discuss and learn more about the critical food issues of our time and what role we as neighbors can play to address them. We will create a Brooklyn base for the food movement, advocating for Food Democracy in our neighborhoods and everywhere in the world. Food Democracy is here defined as a just, sustainable, healthy and delicious food system."
Grassroots Media Coalition
Saturday, May 30, 2009; New York, NY
"Please join us as we work together to chart the road forward, and to build a new media: one that confronts injustice; lends voice to our creativity, diversity, and communities; and above all, lays the foundation to convert our collective HOPE for social justice into effective and immediate ACTION toward change."
Open Video Conference
Friday, June 19 through Saturday, June 20; New York, NY
"Open Video is about the legal and social norms surrounding online video. It’s the ability to attach the license of your choice to videos you publish. It’s about media consolidation, aggregation, and decentralization. It’s about fair use. In short, it’s about a lot of things, and that’s why this conference is going to be so exciting!"
and, if I can make it there...
Allied Media Conference
Thursday, July 16 through Sunday, July 19; Detroit, MI
"The 11th annual Allied Media Conference will advance our visions for a just and creative world. It will be a laboratory for media-based solutions to the matrix of life-threatening problems we face. For the past 10 years, we have evolved our definition of media, and the role it can play in our lives – from zines to video-blogging to breakdancing, to communicating solidarity and creating justice. Each conference builds off the previous one and plants the seeds for the next. Ideas and relationships evolve year-round, incorporating new networks of media-makers and social justice organizers. The 2009 AMC will draw strength from our converging movements to face the challenges and opportunities of our current moment. We are ready to create, connect and transform."
Not to make it all about me, but it does feel really good to be doing more with 'the left', as it were.