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ICUJP Friday Forum
June 30th, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific
A Conversation with Sonali Kolhatkar
Sonali Kolhatkar's new book Rising Up offers a timely exploration of how truthful narratives by and about people of color can be used to advance social justice in the United States.
While people of color are fast becoming the majority population in the United States, the perspectives of white Americans still dominate the vast majority of the media created and consumed every day. Media makers of color, long shut out of the decision-making process, are rising up to advance a set of different narratives, offering stories and perspectives to counter the racism and disinformation that have long dominated America’s political and cultural landscape.
In Rising Up, award-winning journalist Sonali Kolhatkar delivers a guide to racial justice narrative-setting. With a focus on shifting perspectives in news media, entertainment, and individual discourse, she highlights the writers, creators, educators, and influencers who are successfully building a culture of affirmation and inclusion.
Join us in a conversation with Sonali on her new book Rising Up, and on the larger media landscape overall.
Join the conversation with our speaker:
Sonali Kolhatkar is an award-winning journalist, activist, and artist, and the founder, host, and executive producer of the popular weekly program Rising Up With Sonali which airs on KPFK, KPFA, and dozens of other radio stations, as well as in television format on Free Speech TV. She is the author of Rising Up: The Power of Narrative in Pursuing Racial Justice (City Lights, 2023) and the racial justice and civil liberties editor at YES! Magazine. She is also Senior Correspondent and Writing Fellow of the Independent Media Institute‘s Economy for All project and was formerly a weekly columnist at Truthdig. Sonali is also the founding Co-Director of the Afghan Women’s Mission, a US-based non-profit solidarity organization that funds the work of RAWA.
Her earlier book, co-authored with James Ingalls, is Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence (2006, Seven Stories). She lives in Pasadena with her husband and two sons.
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7:30 - 7:35 Log in and socialize
7:35 - 7:45 Welcome and introductions
7:45 - 7:50 Reflection (5 min. maximum)
7:50 - 9:15 Program and Q&A
9:15 - 9:20 Announcements
9:20 - 9:30 Closing circle and prayer
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Facilitator: Steve Rohde
Reflector: Rose Leibowitz
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ICUJP Friday Forum 06/30/23
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