Wells Presents 15th Activism Symposium

March 25, 2016
Keynote addresses from Andy Bichlbaum of The Yes Men and Paula Turkon of Ithaca College will accompany a day of workshops, discussions, and presentations on activism.
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Wells College’s 2016 Activism Symposium will be held throughout the day in multiple campus locations on Monday, April 4, 2016. The theme for the day, “HashtagActivism: Civic Engagement in the Age of Social Media,” will unify a number of diverse presentations and workshops throughout the day. All events are free to attend, and local communities are invited. A full schedule will be available soon.

The lunchtime lecture, “The Feasibility of Aquaponic Food Production in New York,” is presented in cooperation with the Wells Center for Sustainability and the Environment. Paula Turkon of Ithaca College will explore the feasibility of aquaponics, a modernized version of an ancient agricultural system in which fish waste is converted into plant nutrients, in food production in New York State. This session begins at 12:20 p.m. in Stratton Hall Room 209.

Andy Bichlbaum of The Yes Men will give the evening keynote. The activist duo stages satirical interventions in person and online. Their work has been shown in the Whitney Biennial, the Venice Biennale, and other exhibitions; and they have earned awards from the United Nations Association Film Festival, the HBO Comedy Arts Festival, and the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam. They are the founders of nonprofit the Yes Lab and the Action Switchboard. This session begins at 4:30 p.m. in Stratton Hall Room 209.

Additional presentations will cover topics including non-violence, rural internet access, “slacktivism” and ableist attitudes towards online activism, affirmative action, fossil fuel divestment, “homesteading,” water quality, the influences of social media on modern sexuality, and more. Those who pre-register will have lunch provided.

Since 2002, Activism Symposium has been an annual opportunity for the Wells community to gather and learn more about the difference we each can make individually and collectively in this world. The purpose of the student-centered symposium is to promote civic engagement, encourage critical thinking, and find links between the academy and the world at large. One objective of the day is to empower Wells and local community members to use the college as a space for advancing social justice and community development through interdisciplinary study.

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