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Friday, October 9 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
So You Wanna Change the World: Activism & Narrative

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Activist communities, much like storytellers, rely on empathy, engagement, and building a powerful narrative. It's no wonder story consumers are also so good at becoming passionately involved in social causes. These community builders discuss how their movements started, how they raise awareness, and how they help engage fans to do good in the world. 

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Desiree Burch

Desiree Burch is a New York to London transplant. She is a solo performance artist, comedian, writer, actress and speaker. Desiree’s work investigates raw humanity through risk-taking performances that combine comedy, poetic intimacy and audience participation. | | Desiree’s earned a B.A. in theater from Yale University and continued her theater education as a participant in New York City’s vibrant downtown/alternative... Read More →

Featured Guests
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Jackson Bird

Jackson Bird is a speaker, video creator, transgender advocate, and wizard activist. He’s the Communications Director of the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA), where he activates online fan communities towards social action. He regularly speaks about new media and fan activism at events including TEDx Women, MIT’s Futures of Entertainment, Book Expo America, and San Diego Comic-Con. He currently lives in New York City, where he hopes to one... Read More →
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Maria Davis

Maria Davis is the director and coordinator of Worldbuilders, a non-profit organization that brings geeks together to raise money for charity, particularly Heifer International. She's also worked with multiple local food non-profits, raising awareness and building communities around the local food economy. In addition to this, she runs a diversified, pasture-based livestock farm, and binge-watches Orphan Black.
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Rosianna Halse Rojas

Rosianna Halse Rojas has been making videos at youtube.com/rosianna since 2006, where she talks about the status of women online, becoming an adult, and the wonderful world of books. She has given a TEDx talk on the value of online communities and was one of 16 winners of the 2012 international YouTube NextVlogger competition. In 2013, her essay on standing up to online harassment was published in the Graduate Edition... Read More →
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Mara Wilson

Mara Wilson is a lifelong storyteller. She is perhaps best known for her childhood roles in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda. Now she plays The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home on Welcome to Night Vale, and hosts her show about fears and anxieties, What Are You Afraid Of?, at Union Hall. Her writing has appeared on McSweeney’s, Cracked, The Toast, and she is currently at work on her first book of essays, Where Am I Now... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Auditorium 1

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