Growing Up Policed: Surveilling Racialized Sexualities Mini-Conference

Incited by the case of the felony conviction of a young woman of color for sexting with her girlfriend in Oregon and participatory research on criminalization among 1,100 young people in New York City, the mini-conference focuses on the nexus of youth, technology, law enforcement, and constructions of racialized sexuality. Using a broad definition of “policing” that extends across jails, schools, subways, and cyberspace, the conference examines the tools that parents, professionals, and others use to watch over, intervene with, and attempt to “correct” youth. Panels on legal and technology issues will explore the production of knowledge about and surveillance and punishment of LGBTQ youth of color as well as parallel and overlapping processes among other queer and straight youth. Workshops conducted by cutting-edge youth community-organizing and arts projects, Growing Up Policed will also host crucial conversations with and among LGBTQ youth, their allies, and friends to share resources and ideas toward ensuring that their relationships flourish, their communities thrive, and the scope and scale of the dynamic resistances they are forging continue to broaden. The conference will be simultaneously video broadcast between Oregon and NYC with speakers on both coasts.

December 1, Thursday
2 to 8 pm
Refreshments will be served
CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Ave., Room 6304.01
(btw 34th and 35th streets)

Speakers: Andrea Ritchie, Kate Kendell, Charisa Smith, Jessie Daniels, Gregory Donovan, Juanita Bell, Aimee Cox, Antjuanece Brown, Jolene Jenkins, Michael Hames-Garcia, Darnell Moore, Michelle Maher, Sarah Valentine, Streetwise and Safe, Black Light, Hetrick Martin Institute: Newark, The Sakia Gunn High School, SPARK

Sponsors: Public Science Project, University of Oregon Women’s Center, The Center for the Humanities CUNY-GC. CUNY-GC co-sponsors: Africana Studies, Political Science, Doctor of Public Health Program, QUNY, PhD Program in Social Welfare, Social/Personality Psychology, Sociology Student Association, Women of Color Student Group, Women’s Studies. University of Oregon co-sponsors: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns. Also: ADCO Foundation, SPARK Summit.

Sketch of the Day:

  • 2:00 Speakers: Framing the Issues
  • 2:45 Panel: Cyberspace, Technology, & Youth
  • 3:45 Documentary: “The Story of Antjuanece Brown” and Cross-Coast Youth Roundtable
  • 5:00 Panel: LGBT Youth Legal Landscape
  • 6:30 Workshops: Youth Community Organizing and the Arts

RSVP: BRING ID, Metrocards available for youth travel
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