Teach in to Act Out!

Friday, January 30 – Saturday, January 31
Community Folk Art Center
805 E Genesee St, Syracuse, New York 13210

CFAC is walking distance from campus, but you can also take the Connective Corridor Route 443 to the Syracuse Stage bus stop. See schedule here.


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THE General Body, a coalition of student organizations, faculty and staff at Syracuse University, is hosting a two-day event that will include panels, workshops, discussions, film screenings, and keynote speakers on the history of student movements, intersectional organizing, university corporatization, resistance skill-building, and art & activism.

Speakers include Margo Okazawa-Rey, Minnie Bruce Pratt, DarkMatter, and many more! (SEE FULL SCHEDULE BELOW)

  • Event is free and open.
  • The space is wheelchair accessible.
  • ASL Interpretive Services will be provided for Margo Okazawa-Rey’s Keynote (Friday, 6:15 to 7 pm), as well as DarkMatter’s performance (Saturday, 4:30 to 5:30 pm).
  • Contact THEgeneralbody@gmail.com with any questions.

Many thanks to our co-sponsors:
Democratizing Knowledge Project, Community Folk Art Center, Women’s and Gender Studies, Geography, Cold Case Justice Initiative, Labor Studies, Anthropology, Cultural Foundations of Education, English, History, Black Political Thought, LGBT Studies, Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Latino, Latin American Studies, African American Studies, Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Asian Students in America, Imagining America, and Active Minds.

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8-9:30 am: Registration and tea, coffee, and snacks

9:30-10:15 am: THE General Body Welcome & Overview

What We’ve Accomplished & What’s Left to Do

Presenters: Farrell Brenner, Colton Jones, Yanira Rodriguez

10:30am-12 pm: Student Activism Panel & Documentary Clips

Screening of historic documentary clips (curated by Kim Powell) and discussion with folks from historical and current movements.

Panelists: Agyei Tyehimba, Mali Golomb-Leavitt, Nick Holzthum, David L. Jackson

Moderators: Henry Nelson, Danielle Reed

12:15-1:15 pm: Lunch on your own

1:30-2:45 pm: The Corporate University

Panelists: Horace Campbell, Linda Carty, Matt Huber, Risa Lieberwitz, Yanira Rodriguez

Moderators: Jon Schmidt, Sherri Williams

3-4:30 pm: Intersectionality Discussion

Panelists: Lydia Brown, Koy Adams, Nikeeta Slade

Moderators: Keish Kim, Montinique McEachern

4:45-5:30 pm: Meditation with Dr. Marcelle Haddix

Dr. Marcelle Haddix will talk about the importance of breathing and meditation and take folks through visualization exercises and a writing exercise.

5:30 pm: Dinner from Sahota Palace (free!)

6:15 pm: Keynote Address & Discussion with Dr. Margo Okazawa-Rey Keynote Speech: “In These Times: Creating a Beloved Community as a Radical Act”

Dr. Margo Okazawa-Rey is a scholar in transnational anti-racist feminist praxis; armed conflicts, militarism and violence against women; theories and practices of social change.

Introduction to Keynote: Vani Kannan

Keynote address will have ASL interpreters.

7 pm: Black History Month Kickoff at Community Folk Art Center

Lydia Caeser and Brownskin Band, Brandyn Thomas

9-11:30pm: Informal conversation among activists

THE General Body wants to spend time talking across campuses and movements, sharing stories and tactics and inspiration. Regionally, we hope this discussion can be the seed for continued support between local campus movements.

We’ll start at 9PM (right after the CFAC Black History Month kick off) and go to around 11:30PM (we want to give time for people to rest before Saturday’s teach-in), although more quiet discussion could continue as long as folks want.

The Bread & Roses Collective is at 405 Westcott St. in Syracuse. There are five stairs into the house. If you have questions about accessibility, please speak with Ben Kuebrich.


9:30-10:15 am: Radical Readout

Chen Chen, Sherri Williams, Mali Golomb-Leavitt, Kim Powell, Tatiana Cadet, Ernest Daily, Nikeeta Slade, and open mic

10:30 am-12 pm: Community Activism Roundtable

Panelists: Walt Dixie (National Action Network), Lilith Siegel,

Rebecca Fuentes (Workers’ Center of CNY), Mallory Livingston (Transgender Alliance), Cara Liebowitz Moderators: Nick Holtzhum, Ben Kuebrich

12:15-1:45 pm: Lunch

Take lunch as an opportunity to spend time with the folks you’ve met and foster relationships.

2-3 pm: Creative nonfiction workshop led by Minnie Bruce Pratt “And What If You Had to Speak from the Back of a Pickup Truck to 5000 People?”

We know that people love stories, that people learn from stories, that stories are a powerful tool used both by powers-over and by liberation struggles. In this workshop you’ll work with one or two of your stories and hone those for use in different organizing situations. Bring something to write in, on or with, and come ready to share with others. No limit on number of participants.

3:15-4:30 pm: DarkMatter workshop:  the revolution will not have a bibliography: student activism in the corporate university

DarkMatter is a trans south asian art and activist collaboration comprised of janani and alok. using poetry & polemic, tweet & tirade DM is committed to an art practice of gender self(ie) determination, racial justice, and movement building.

Join us for a workshop at the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality that explores how the academic industrial-complex keeps us reading rather than revolting. We will discuss how the university generates apathy and inaction, and how we can use the university and its capital to our advantage to be in solidarity with social movements happening within and without. Social justice is not an extracurricular activity or registered student organization. This workshop is focused on practical steps around organizing and changemaking strategies.

4:30-5:30 pm: DarkMatter performance: #ItGetsBitter

#TBT back to when we were told as queer youth that it was supposed to “get better.” What they forgot to tell us is that gay rights are often only for gay whites! With an increase in racist and queerphobic violence and a state that uses our bodies to advance its imperialist agenda at home and abroad, what’s become apparent is that LGBT rights have become co-opted. JOIN DarkMatter for a night of poetry, polemic, and healing as we not only critique — but also imagine new queer futures. Show followed by Q&A.

Performance will include ASL interpreters.

5:45 pm: Closing remarks

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