November 13, 2017 Forum: Empowerment, Healing, and Social Justice Through Cultural Activism

Empowerment, Healing, and Social Justice Through Cultural Activism Meaningful and lasting social movement requires changes to the hearts and minds of people.  These movements can take a deeper hold when presented through some often overlooked, but absolutely necessary, artistic avenues. Julia Balén will read selections from her book, A Queerly Joyful Noise as she explains the important relationship between the art of joyful pleasure and social justice work.   Dr. Julia “Jules” Balén is a Professor of English at the California State University Channel Islands (CI). Since 2003, she has participated in developing a number of programs beyond English, including Sociology, Chicano/a Studies, Philosophy and Freedom and Justice Studies.  Jules was an active member of the President’s Commission on Human Relations, Equity, and Diversity for 10 years.   Xicana ARTivism   Xicana visual artist, traditional Aztec Dancer, activist, and educator, Veronica Xochitl Valadez uses art and dance as mediums to expose the realities of the intersectionalities faced by Xicanas, to heal wounds and to empower wombyn of color.  She will discuss how visual and performing arts helped her decolonize her identity and taught her to embrace her indigenous cultural roots. Veronica Xochitl Valadez, born to Mexican immigrants, is the first in her family to attend a four-year university. She has earned Bachelor’s and Masters Degrees in Chicana/o Studies as well as a multiple-subject teaching credential. As an educator, Veronica has dedicated herself to teaching a culturally relevant curriculum that promotes social justice in elementary school, community college, and university classrooms. Monday, November 13 5:15 - 7:00 pm Ventura County Community Foundation Building 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd., Camarillo Members Free $10 non-members (suggested donation)

Empowerment, Healing, and Social Justice Through Cultural Activism

Meaningful and lasting social movement requires changes to the hearts and minds of people.  These movements can take a deeper hold when presented through some often overlooked, but absolutely necessary, artistic avenues. Julia Balén will read selections from her book, A Queerly Joyful Noise as she explains the important relationship between the art of joyful pleasure and social justice work.
 
Dr. Julia “Jules” Balén is a Professor of English at the California State University Channel Islands (CI). Since 2003, she has participated in developing a number of programs beyond English, including Sociology, Chicano/a Studies, Philosophy and Freedom and Justice Studies.  Jules was an active member of the President’s Commission on Human Relations, Equity, and Diversity for 10 years.
 
Xicana ARTivism
 

Xicana visual artist, traditional Aztec Dancer, activist, and educator, Veronica Xochitl Valadez uses art and dance as mediums to expose the realities of the intersectionalities faced by Xicanas, to heal wounds and to empower wombyn of color.  She will discuss how visual and performing arts helped her decolonize her identity and taught her to embrace her indigenous cultural roots.

Veronica Xochitl Valadez, born to Mexican immigrants, is the first in her family to attend a four-year university. She has earned Bachelor’s and Masters Degrees in Chicana/o Studies as well as a multiple-subject teaching credential. As an educator, Veronica has dedicated herself to teaching a culturally relevant curriculum that promotes social justice in elementary school, community college, and university classrooms.



Monday, November 13
5:15 - 7:00 pm

Ventura County Community Foundation Building
4001 Mission Oaks Blvd., Camarillo

Members Free $10 non-members (suggested donation)


The Ventura County Women's Forum Collaborative is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to empowering Ventura County women around the 12 critical areas of concern outlined at the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995: Poverty, Education, Health, Violence, Economic Justice, Power Sharing, Institutional Mechanisms, Human Rights, Media, Peace, Environment, and the Girl-Child. These concerns were reviewed and reinstated at the Beijing + 15 Conference in New York, 2010, and the Beijing + 16 Conference (New York, 2011).

Between 2006 and 2012, we held five major, full-day forums with broad community attendance. In the Fall of 2013, we introduced a new format to provide a vehicle for our many member organizations to host single topic, 60 minute presentations on subjects related to our stated issues through a gender lens. Click on the tabs in the menu for more information about past forums and seasons.



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