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Symposium examines worldwide community impact of arts and media

Who: Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago

What: A symposium, “Contested Spaces: the global impact of community arts and media”

When: Friday, March 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Home Room, International House, 1414 E. 59th St., University of Chicago Campus

Presenters include the Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts from Lebanon, Beyondmedia Education from Chicago, Chiapas Media Project/Promedios de Comunicación Comunitaria from Mexico, Performing Arts Centre (PAC) Multimedia from the Republic of Macedonia, Portland (Oregon) Community Media, Video Machete from Chicago, and Global Action Project from New York.

Community organizations around the globe are using tools of arts and media to create alternative spaces and strategies for better living and learning. The conferenced will look at these questions: What is the current impact of this work on the larger society? Can it lead us towards more integrated living? Is it challenging some of the hegemonies of globalization? How are communities using arts and media to gain greater political and economic participation in the larger society?

The conference is co-sponsored by the Center for International Studies, International House, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Katz Center for Mexican Studies, Committee for Cinema and Media Studies, the Center for Gender Studies and Office for Minority Student Affairs, all at the University of Chicago; KQED, and Portland Community Media.

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