Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 6pm
in the Performing Arts Building
Check out the YouTube preview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOnIDCWCkfA&rel=0
OC's inaugural WEspeak will feature Oxnard College students sharing their stories and ideas live on stage. Our students will give a lecture/presentation about their off-campus lives, giving insight into what it's like to be a student while still meeting life's challenges outside of the classroom. Using research and statistics, students will also connect their stories to larger issues. WEspeak provides our students with a space to demonstrate their talents and inspire their classmates.
Guest Speaker Gaye Theresa Johnson teaches on race and racism, cultural history, spatial politics, and political economy. Her first book, Spaces of Conflict, Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spatial Entitlement in Los Angeles (University of California Press) is a history of civil rights and spatial struggles among Black and Brown freedom seekers and cultural workers in LA. Johnson’s current work includes an edited volume on The Futures of Black Radicalism, co-edited with Alex Lubin, and a single-authored book currently titled These Walls Will Fall: Protest at the Intersection of Immigrant Detention and Mass Incarceration. In it, she demonstrates how visual and aural protest art constitute one of the most significant discourses of resistance to twentieth and 21st century anti-immigrant and pro-carceral policy and practices, revealing how expressive cultures enact an alternative narrative history about migration, race, and power.