We're In This Thing Together

Creative Coalitions in Devastating Times

We're in This Together

April 9-10, 2018

Literature is often viewed as being produced out of a solitary act of creation, while politics is seen as public and collective. This symposium showcases those working in and on the collective to sustain creative work in times of great political precarity.  Every panel and keynote stages not an individual author but a conversation about artistic and political practice as they happen through collaboration, creativity, and community.  We ask: At a time of deep political crisis that directly threatens lives and the support of the arts, how can we make sure to emphasize not just the few but the many who have struggled and continue to struggle to make sure that the arts are accessible to readers, writers, and activists from the most vulnerable groups? This year's symposium emphasizes
the collective force of creativity for our political actions and cultural imaginations. 

- Sam Pinto, Symposium Director


Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor
Marcia Chatelain
Porochista Khakpour
Jennifer Natalya Fink
Malik Gaines
Angela Nagle
Deborah Paredez
Jacob Siegel
Lisa B. Thompson
Isaiah Wooden
Jennifer Chang
drea brown
Split This Rock
Arena Stage
The Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics

Schedule of Events

Monday, April 9

5:00 PM | Writing the Alt-Right: Misogyny, Racism, and New Media Journalism
Angela Nagle and Jacob Siegel
Journalists Angela Nagle and Jacob Siegel have written extensively on the subject of the Alt-Right and the online recruitment of young men. Nagle's book, Kill All Normies, is widely regarded as the best, and most nuanced, book on the emergence of the Alt-Right. 
Copley Formal Lounge

7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM) | Keynote Conversation with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Moderated by Marcia Chatelain, History and African American Studies
Gaston Hall. Please note that no backpacks will be permitted in Gaston Hall. All bags subject to inspection.

Tuesday, April 10

All Events in Copley Formal Lounge

9:00 AM | Coffee & Pastries 

9:30 AM |  Organizing Dissent: Arts Organizations in Dangerous Times
Sarah Browning (Split this Rock), Zachary Clark (826DC), and Seema Sueko (Arena Stage)
Moderated by Libbie Rifkin, English and Disability Studies

11:00 AM | Sharing the Stage: Race, Sexuality, and Performance Politics
Malik Gaines, Lisa B. Thompson, and Isaiah Wooden
Moderated by Soyica Colbert, Theatre & Performance Studies and African American Studies

2:00 PM | Creative Activism/Activist Creation: A Workshop
Moderated by Mark Lance, Philosophy and Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching & Service (CSJ)

3:30 PM | Poets Unite!: The Politics of Poetry Collectives
Jennifer Chang, (Kundiman), Deborah Paredez (CantoMundo), and Nicole Sealey (Cave Canem)
Moderated by drea brown, Visiting Assistant Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Goucher College

5:00 PM | Performance by the Laboratory For Global Performance & Politics 
The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics is a unique initiative based in the School of Foreign Service. Co-founded by Professors Derek Goldman, an internationally acclaimed theater artist, and Cynthia Schneider, former Ambassador to the Netherlands, The Lab harnesses the power of performance to humanize global politics. The Lab’s rousing and deeply moving play I Pledge Allegiance is performed by a diverse group current Georgetown students and young alumni who created this work from their personal insights on the experience of immigrant and first-generation Americans. The performance was a recent sensation in Segovia, Spain at the UNESCO International Theatre Festival and World Congress, and has since been invited to perform at festivals around the world including as a centerpiece of the Al-Bugaa Theater Festival in The Sudan.

6:30 PM | Keynote Conversation with Porochista Khakpour
Moderated by Jennifer Natalya Fink, English

All events will take place on Georgetown University's campus. They are free and open to the public.