Liberating Dreams Symposium

On Saturday, May 3rd,   2014, the Department of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley is excited to host a symposium exploring how we begin to Liberate Our Dreams.  Our guiding questions for the day are what does it mean to liberate our dreams and how do we begin?  Nikky Finney, John H. Bennett, Jr. Chair of Southern Literature & Creative Writing, English & African American Studies, University of South Carolina will bring our keynote address.  Interactive workshops designed to help symposium participants access their creative selves will also be featured.  This gathering is in an effort to reintroduce hope, beauty, and love into our lives and communities.  We invite you to come and dream with us. 



 9:30AM — Continental Breakfast, free 

10:00AM— Opening Panel of Invited Dreams

“What Does It Mean to Liberate Our Dreams and How do We Begin? 

Carolyn Finney, Ph.D. faculty (Environmental Science)  

– Tanaiia Hall, MBA, Senior Auditor, staff (Office of Audit and Advisory Services)

– Kim McNair and Shaun Ossei-Owusu, Ph.D. candidates African American Studies

– Rasheed Shabazz, communications director at Afrikan Black Coalition, Online editor at Onyx Express Magazine, Google fellow   


12:00PM — LUNCH


1:30PM-3:30PM — Workshops – 1hr long and offered twice.

– blogging: Ianna Owen and Grace Gipson (bring your laptop)

– yoga: Gabrielle Williams (dress comfortably)

– dance: Coral Martin and Jetta Martin (dress comfortably)

– poetry: Coco Peila

– visual artist: Jonathan Brumfeld

– hip hop: Ameer Loggins and Quame Patton


4:00PM — Keynote Address — Nikky Finney

– closing reception to follow


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Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014

Time: 9:30 am– 5:00 pm

Location: Cesar Chavez Student Center Atrium

UC Berkeley Campus

Event is free to the public and wheelchair accessible