Moderator: Paul Morrow, University of Dayton Human Rights Center

  • Arthur J. Jipson, University of Dayton Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
  • Michelle Hayford, University of Dayton Theater, Dance, and Performance Technology Program
  • Paul Becker, University of Dayton Department of Sociology and Anthropology
8:30-9:45 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, Kennedy Union Room 221

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Saturday, November 4th
8:30 AM

Activism in the Popular Imagination

Arthur J. Jipson, University of Dayton
Paul J. Becker, University of Dayton

Kennedy Union 221 (on UD's main campus)

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM

This panel presentation will explore new forms of engagement and activism that have emerged with community transformation through social media, music, performance, and the presentation of self and identity. These changes in visual and musical landscapes have created exciting opportunities to disrupt systems and cultures of domination and oppression. This session will explore how area activists, citizens, and artists have used popular culture to interrogate and respond to anti-democratic and anti-representative initiatives in Ohio. By exploring actual music of Dayton-based artists, performance at inclusive music events (for example, For Dayton By Dayton), artwork, and social protest in Ohio, the conversation in this session will demonstrate how the intersection of popular culture, which is all too often ignored in the analysis of resistance, provides vehicles for endurance and social change to anti-democratic trends in the state of Ohio.