Fall 2020 Civic Media Speakers Series

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The Civic Media Fellowship at AnnLab aims to strengthen and expand the field of civic media — the use of today’s technologies to create and harness media that connects with communities, inspires action, builds civic capacity and helps sustain social change effort — by pushing the boundaries of what it can be.

As part of our Civic Media field-building activities this year, we are holding public chats featuring practitioners — artists, creators, storytellers, organizers and others working at the intersections of media, technology and culture — presenting and sharing their civic media work to inspire and build community with other practitioners. These public chats provide a platform to share and reflect on civic media practice, highlight the work being done and the way folks are working and encourage conversation amongst a growing network.

Check out the videos from these events below!

Favianna Rodriguez

Thursday, October 1, 1PM PT:
What Is civic media? A conversation with artivist Favianna Rodriguez
Favianna is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and social justice activist based in Oakland. Her art and praxis address migration, gender justice, climate change, racial equity, and sexual freedom. She is the co-founder and president of The Center for Cultural Power, a national organization igniting change at the intersection of art, culture and social justice. Missed it? WATCH HERE.

Hamid Khan

Thursday, October 29, 1PM PT:
Coding, hacking and surveillance: A conversation with Stop LAPD Spying Coalition leader Hamid Khan

Hamid Khan is the co-leader of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, a broad coalition whose primary goal is to raise public awareness, participation and mobilization, to act on police spying and surveillance, and to sustain long-term intersectional movement building. He’s is also the founder and former Executive Director of South Asian Network and a founding member of the Los Angeles Taxi Workers Alliance. Missed it? WATCH HERE.

Thursday 11/12, 1pm PT:
Pop Culture: A Convo with Illustrator and Author Jonny Sun
Jonny Sun is the author and illustrator of everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too and the New York Times best-selling illustrator of Gmorning, Gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda. He is a writer for the sixth season of the Netflix Original Series BoJack Horseman, and is writing a movie for 20th Century Fox. He was named one of TIME Magazine’s 25 Most Influential People on the Internet of 2017 and is a doctoral candidate at MIT and creative researcher at the Harvard metaLAB.