EDUCATION FOR DEMOCRACY CONFERENCE

"Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development." ~ Kofi Annan, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and former Secretary General of the United Nations

Recognizing the intersections of education and the other key elements of a democratic society, we present the Education for Democracy Conference hoping that it will bring together students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to strengthen a movement for democracy in all of public education, from Kindergarten through Higher Education. Our schools are a microcosm of life in our communities, where staff, students, and their parents are interacting with a broad diversity of people and cultures to develop ideas about the future and to grow our kids into responsible, ethical adults.

This conference will not only address democratic participation in education but also how schools are a part of building individual and community power in the development of participatory society. Historically, schools have been used as a tool to extend oppression of people and the suppression of ideas through curriculum, policies, and cultural norms. However, education as an institution has tremendous power to support our communities in the battles for social and economic justice.

The Education for Democracy Conference will explore these concepts by creating a dialogue focused on the campus and education through case studies, panel discussions, roundtable workshops, and skill-shares about:

  • Corporatization and privatization of education
  • Equal access to high quality education
  • Academic freedom and free speech in Schools
  • Building a movement for democracy in education

Registration Opens

Registration and information will be in the Atrium.  Please enter on Wisconsin Ave side of building.

Date: 
August 24, 2011 - 12:00pm - August 28, 2011 - 3:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC - Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St Atrium
Session type: 
Panel

Solidarity Sing Along

Solidarity Sing Along began holding sing alongs at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison on March 11, 2011, and has held a sing along at noon every week-day since then. The sing alongs started up as the large protests and the Capitol occupation were ending. They serve to maintain a continuous progressive, pro-labor presence at the Capitol, as well as providing a place where union members, activists, and citizens can come together and rejuvenate their spirits through song.

Date: 
August 24, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location

Wisconsin State Capitol
2 E Main St at the top of State St
Session type: 
Panel

OPENING CEREMONY: Call for Peace Drum and Dance Company

Through the universal language of dance, traditional drums and contemporary music, Call for Peace weaves the pageantry of life, the power of hope and the wisdom of our Elders into a tapestry of rhythm, color and dance.

Date: 
August 24, 2011 - 7:00pm - 7:15pm

Location

The Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St Wisconsin/Capitol Ballroom
Session type: 
Keynote

The Big Picture: The Corporatization of Higher Education

In this session, 3 people with a broad range of experience addressing the corporatization and privatization of the University and education as an institution will speak about “how” and “why” this is happening. Leading the session through stories and explaining historical context, presenters will interact with attendees in a discussion which will get to WHAT we can do in the face of this major corruption to protect & advocate for PUBLIC education.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 9:00am - 10:30am

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D338
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Ben Manski
Speaker(s): 
Erika Wolf
Speaker(s): 
Sara Goldrick-Rab

Art Education as Youth Empowerment

According to Artists Working in Education (AWE), all young people and schools need art education. Art education works to grow creativity, imagination, personal voice and confidence, and curiosity. Program founder Barbara Manger will speak about the power & importance of youth making art and staff members will talk about how AWE is working to support communities in the City of Milwaukee through their art programs in and outside of the classroom. When youth are empowered to make art, they find their own way of looking and the world and the confidence to speak their mind. Art education is a crucial part of democratizing our schools and our communities. A lively discussion to follow AWE’s presentation.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D338
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Barbara Manger
Speaker(s): 
Mary Osmundsen
Speaker(s): 
Reanna Ottoson

Racism and Access to Education

Panelists ranging from classroom educators and community advocates to students and parents, will speak about how Racism intersects with children’s and communities’ access to education.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D333
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Erika Wolf

Solidarity Sing Along

Solidarity Sing Along began holding sing alongs at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison on March 11, 2011, and has held a sing along at noon every week-day since then. The sing alongs started up as the large protests and the Capitol occupation were ending. They serve to maintain a continuous progressive, pro-labor presence at the Capitol, as well as providing a place where union members, activists, and citizens can come together and rejuvenate their spirits through song.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location

Wisconsin State Capitol
2 E Main St at the top of State St
Session type: 
Panel

"The Inconvenient Truth About Waiting for Superman” - A Film

A word from the filmmakers: Parents, children, educators, and communities across the country are united in calling for Real Reform Right Now! We reject “Waiting for Superman” and the privatization of PUBLIC Education by hedge fund millionaires and corporate interests.  PUBLIC Education is not for sale!

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D338
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Samantha Jordan

Messaging in the Movement for Maintaining PUBLIC Education

This workshop will provide an overview of message framing techniques, evaluation of the dominant frames in the education debate, and discussion of a specific values-based messaging approach to public education advocacy.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D302
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Brian Rothgery

Wisconsin Uprising: The Story of Students in the Capitol

In this session, students of University of Wisconsin system present a short history of the fight earlier this spring in the Wisconsin Capitol, through photos and personal stories. Students kicked off the protests with their “I Heart UW” rally at the Governor’s office on Valentine’s Day, and they were there when the occupation ended in a victorious court ruling in March. They have continued the struggle through the passage of the state budget and beyond. Hear from students where they’ve been and where they’re going in the fight for public education and democratic governance in Wisconsin.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D333
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Charity Schmidt
Speaker(s): 
Erika Wolf
Speaker(s): 
Jolie Lizotte
Speaker(s): 
Seth T. Hoffmeister

Corporate Censorship, Military Research, and Academic Freedom

Increasingly the classroom is becoming an extension of the corporate domination of U.S. culture. Whether in K-12 or Colleges and Universities, faculty and students are seeing their studies and activities taken over by corporate—and not public—interests. In this panel, you will hear from many perspectives how this is happening and what they’re doing to fight it, from the military industrial complex to corporately funded university research and everything in between.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D333
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Allen Ruff
Speaker(s): 
Erika Wolf
Speaker(s): 
John Wilson

Skill Building: Core Values & History of Civil Disobedience

Looking back on history, we invite you to construct a timeline of civil disobedience -- drawing from moments in history as well as your personal experiences. What made non-violence an integral and effective element of the Civil Rights movement? We'll explore the core values of peaceful civil disobedience, through the looking glass of lunch counter sit-ins and the Freedom Rides of the 1960s, as well as the Reverend James Lawson's workshops that led to an unconditional commitment from participating activists -- what Martin Luther King, Jr, referred to as the "self-purification" step.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D229
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Henia Belalia

Students: Partners in the Coal Fields of Appalachia

In this session, students who attend George Mason University in Virginia will talk about their work in the coal fields of Appalachia. They will discuss the movement to end Mountain Top Removal (MTR) coal mining and the impact this has on communities and the environment. Students have played a major role in the fight against MTR, and these 4 GMU students have not just talked about it on campus but they have organized in the coal fields and seen MTR first-hand. Democracy is not functioning in Appalachia, and students are there to support communities, the Earth, and to bring the spirit of resistance back to their campuses and to cities all over the US.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D338
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Anartia Gamboa
Speaker(s): 
Ce Garrison
Speaker(s): 
Dan Stock
Speaker(s): 
Jason Von Kundra

Solidarity Rally with State Workers

We Won't Pay For Your Crisis! On August 25th, Wisconsin state employees will receive a pay cut of up to 13%,  courtesy of Governor Walker and the State Legislature. Stand with State Workers to say: "Enough!" It's time that the corporate class pays its fair share.

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 5:00pm

Location

Wisconsin State Capitol
Session type: 
Panel

Raging Grannies

Raging Grannies will sing at 6:45, so get the plenary early!

Date: 
August 25, 2011 - 6:45pm - 7:00pm

Location

The Madison Concourse Hotel
1 W Dayton St Wisconsin/Capitol Ballroom
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Raging Grannies

Skill Building: The General Strike

On February 21st, the South Central Federation of Labor adopted a resolution that "endorse[d] a general strike, possibly for the day Walker sign[ed] his budget repair bill." That resolution caught the imaginations of many people nationwide, and set off an internal debate within the labor movement over whether to get behind the call for a general strike. What happened? Could it, should it happen in the future? And if so, what should proponents of the use of the general strike do to make certain that a general strike call is not suppressed, but instead, spreads to other regions and sectors?

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D302
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Ben Manski
Speaker(s): 
Ed Sadlowski
Speaker(s): 
Eric Cobb
Speaker(s): 
Samantha Jordan

Teaching Earth Democracy Pt. One: Sharing Skills for Value-based Community Organizing

Interactive exercises teach how to bring diverse-even polarized-groups of people into unity by identifying shared values, creating a common vision, and taking collective action towards building sustainable, self-reliant communities.

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D338
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Carolyn Raffensperger
Speaker(s): 
Riki Ott

Solidarity Sing Along

Solidarity Sing Along began holding sing alongs at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison on March 11, 2011, and has held a sing along at noon every week-day since then. The sing alongs started up as the large protests and the Capitol occupation were ending. They serve to maintain a continuous progressive, pro-labor presence at the Capitol, as well as providing a place where union members, activists, and citizens can come together and rejuvenate their spirits through song.

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location

Wisconsin State Capitol
2 E Main St at the top of State St
Session type: 
Panel

Keep the UW Public: How We STOPPED the New Badger "Partnership"

Discussion on how the New Badger Partnership was a classic case of privatization of higher education – decoding the arguments made in its favor and fighting them, both with words and with direct action.

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D338
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Adrienne Pagac
Speaker(s): 
Beth Huang
Speaker(s): 
Leland Pan
Speaker(s): 
Tina Treviño-Murphy

Skill Building: Building Multi-Racial Movements

Learn about experiences, positive and not-so, others have had building multi-racial unity. Share your experiences, learn about resources and make connections to strengthen your ability to do this essential work.

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D333
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
kimayana johnson
Speaker(s): 
M Adams
Speaker(s): 
Ted Glick
Speaker(s): 
Z! Haukeness

Skill Building: Nov-Violent Direct Action as a Strategy in a Peaceful Movement

What is the difference between non-violence as a strategy and a tactic, as opposed to a way of life? How is non-violence effective and why does our Climate Justice movement need it? How can we learn from the past to create a sustained peaceful resistance, as opposed to random bursts of action?

Date: 
August 26, 2011 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D306
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Henia Belalia

Teaching Earth Democracy Pt. Two. Overcoming Corporate Influence on School Curricula - Creating Earth-friendly Curricula

A moderated discussion among panelists and audience participants exploring new directions, materials and techniques.

Date: 
August 27, 2011 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D332
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Bob Peterson
Speaker(s): 
Nancy Price
Speaker(s): 
Riki Ott

PARTY FOR DEMOCRACY AT THE TERRACE with MICHELLE SHOCKED and EMMA's REVOLUTION and V05

It's a Madison tradition not to be missed: a summer evening at the Memorial Union Terrace. Join national musical acts Michelle Shocked, Emma's Revolution, and Madison's own VO5 at the Memorial Union Terrace. Music begins at 8:00pm, and runs late into the night. Get there early to secure your seat!

Date: 
August 27, 2011 - 8:00pm - August 28, 2011 - 12:00am

Location

Memorial Union Terrace
800 Langdon St.
Session type: 
Panel
Speaker(s): 
Emma's Revolution
Speaker(s): 
Michelle Shocked
Speaker(s): 
VO5

Skill Building: Being an Effective Ally in the Struggle for Equality

Rooted in the ways we each hold privilege and face oppression based on various systems such as race, class, gender, sexuality and age, we will discuss strategies together for taking principled action as an ally. 

Date: 
August 28, 2011 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D333
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Ted Glick
Speaker(s): 
Z! Haukeness

Skill Building: Wielding the Graphic Arts

Tyler from the Beehive Design Collective will lead a hands-on workshop demonstrating collaborative methods of making "Graphics for the Commons" - powerful story-telling images that boost our movements.  Including collaborative idea-generation, the value of graphics to our work, and hands-on collaborative design. Everyone is welcome - YOU DON'T HAVE TO DRAW TO MAKE GREAT GRAPHICS!

Date: 
August 28, 2011 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Location

Madison College (MATC Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D229
Session type: 
Workshop
Speaker(s): 
Tyler Norman

Wisconsin People's Assembly

This second Wisconsin People's Assembly will unite Wisconsinites from across the state in resolving how to move forward in the coming months to overcome corporatization and austerity, and to achieve democracy and shared prosperity for all. This session is for Wisconsin residents; friendly folks from out-of-state are welcome to observe.

Date: 
August 28, 2011 - 3:30pm - 6:00pm

Location

Madison College (MATC-Downtown Campus)
211 N Carroll St D240
Session type: 
Workshop
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