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2014 Conference Plenary Dreamed A Changing America

Tuesday, August 19, 2014  
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The 2014 Conference Committee was pleased to host a plenary session at the annual conference titled "Dream Activism and Pedagogies for a Changing America." 
Catherine Cole (center) speaks as Patricia Ybarra
and Dulce Juarez listen at the 2014 Conference

The American Dream has long been aligned with national westward expansion, in the desire both to settle and occupy as well as to generate and convert local economies and ways of life. The panel of speakers proposed an alternative direction for dreaming: starting from indigenous perspectives and on-the-ground activism in Arizona and moving through institutions of higher education. Panelists shared local models of production and activist engagement that meet a new imperative in the classroom: to understand and respond to the shifting demographics and economic conditions that affect our students, our jobs, our universities and the state of the field. “Dream Activism” proposed models for sustainable movement-building to envision new ways to teach and practice theater in higher education around the country.

Speakers included Tomás Stanton, Co-Founder of Phonetic Spit, Phoenix; Barclay Goldsmith, Borderlands Theater, Tucson; Dulce Juarez, ACLU, Teatro Nopalero and DREAMer activist, Phoenix; and Catherine Cole, University of California, Berkeley. The conversation was moderated by Tamara Underiner, Arizona State University. The respondent was Patricia Ybarra, Brown University and ATHE President-Elect.

If you missed this important conversation, Professors Underiner, Cole, and Ybarra have provided their remarks in written form, and you can view them at this link to the 2014 conference page.

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