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June 21, 2013 Planning Meeting

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Our planning meeting in June looked a little different with new committee members attending. Kati O’Donnell, Akusua Akoto and Bill Nevins came and stimulated conversation about where the conference might be held–South Broadway Cultural Center, Harwood Art Center. Due to considerations of time, money, and familiarity with the Harwood, we decided to keep the conference […]

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April 20, 2013 Planning Conference Notes

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Our Albuquerque Cultural Conference planning conference was held April 20, 2013. Among the ideas discussed at the meeting, Levi Romero discussed la cultura, which he said includes food, land, water, and community issues along with what is generally considered “culture”—paintings, dance, music, theater and other performances. As a result we are providing time for conference […]

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Day 2 of Conference

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Today is the final day of this year’s conference. Lots of talk about education happening–with panels like Can Tuscon Happen Here?, Cosmopolitanism, Education for Freedom, and discussions about Poets in the Schools in the Slam panel around, it would be a hard topic to avoid. The institutions of education, new educational policies, controversies, community ed […]

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Day 1 of the conference

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There was a lot of excitement in the air at the Harwood yesterday. Highlights for me included hearing Roberto Rodriguez talk about running with his students from Tucson to Phoenix in 115 degree weather to protest HB 2281, which bans ethnic studies in Arizona. This run inspired others, called barrio runs, that activists – adults […]

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More to Learn

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We’ll be highlighting Albuquerque Cultural Conference poets and panelists in upcoming days. Learn more about poet and panelist Luis Rodriguez and panelist Antonia Darder in previous posts and check back to the blog to learn more about the activists, advocates and academics presenting at the 2012 Conference. We’ll also be blogging from the Conference. Expect […]

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Panelist Antonia Darder in Truthout

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Albuquerque Cultural Conference panelist, Antonia Darder, was interviewed this week for a piece with Antonia will be speaking Saturday afternoon with the Conference’s Panel Four: “Building a Culture of Resistance.” The link below takes you to the truthout article.  

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Let’s get “big”

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Someone looking over our panels has protested, “But they’re all local and regional – the border, ‘Can Tucson Happen Here?’, community writing, our literary publication, the status of our neighborhoods – so where’s the attraction for folks from out of town?” Well, we think there’s plenty, first of all because communities, neighborhoods, and local publication […]

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inspiring & productive meeting

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Our conference organizing committee met yesterday, as we will every ten days leading up to the conference. We’re gaining momentum every day and the report backs each meeting about how panels are shaping up spur us on in our commitments to the conference. The conference schedule – as it’s developed so far – is on […]

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The Albuquerque Cultural Conference Is Us

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Albuquerque Cultural Conference Director – John Crawford says:   We’re planning the ABQCC 2012, and it promises to be new and inventive in several ways. In the past 5 years we’ve adopted a set of formats for panels, not always consciously but in the working out of our planning each year. Main topics have included […]

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What do you think about all this?

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Our planning/organizing committee met Monday, the 11th. It was nothing if not dynamic – so many ideas, so little time! We talked about a “Live from the Conference” radio broadcast with Albuquerque’s community radio KUNM. We’ll begin talking with the host of Saturday’s radio program this week. The time we spent talking about events prior […]

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