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February 5-8, 2019 | Gainesville, Florida

Come explore with us at frank 2019.  Between the contours of our lives, you’ll find places to connect, participate and belong.

This year frank looks into the heart of social impact. Space. Reimagining space. Letting it be. Creating it. Bringing others in. Closing the space between us. The struggle with space and the tension of who and what fills it unifies the work of all who create social impact. It drives science, justice, expression and well-being. And it animates frank as a center for changing the way change is made. Space is not the final frontier. Space is the eternal canvas on which we paint and repaint progress. Join us. We’ve saved space for you.

Registration is open and you’ll get our best rates before November 1, 2018.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

afternoonRegistration begins, Hampton Inn Downtown, 2nd floor
eveningWelcome Rally, The Boxcar, Depot Park, 200 SE Depot Ave

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

morningRegistration opens, Hampton Inn Downtown, 2nd floor
frank lounge opens, Hippodrome Theatre, Basement
afternoonConnector’s Lunch
Opening Ceremonies, Hippodrome Theatre, Main Stage
Main Stage Speakers, Hippodrome Theatre, Main Stage
Break, Visit the frank lounge or grab a coffee
Main Stage Speakers, Hippodrome Theatre, Main Stage
Recess, See your Recess sheet for details
eveningSpecial Event

Thursday, February 7, 2019

morningRegistration opens, Hampton Inn Downtown, 2nd floor
Main Stage Speakers, Hippodrome Theatre, Main Stage
Recess, See your Recess sheet for details
afternoonLunch
Main Stage Speakers, Hippodrome Theatre, Main Stage
Recess
eveningSpecial Event
Changeville, downtown Gainesville

Friday, February 8, 2019

morningRegistration opens, Hampton Inn Downtown, 2nd floor
Main Stage Speakers, Hippodrome Theatre, Main Stage
Recess, see your Recess sheet for details
afternoonMain Stage Speakers, Hippodrome Theatre, Main Stage
Closing Ceremonies
Recovery Lunch
eveningChangeville, downtown Gainesville

 

Maytha Alhassen

Journalist, Poet, Scholar

Maytha Alhassen

Journalist, Poet, Scholar

Maytha Alhassen studies cultural histories, social movements and friendships, race and ethnicity, social justice and the arts, travel, global flows, critical migration studies, women + gender, sacred femininities, media studies, Afro-Arab "solidarity politics," Malcolm X, global south, food justice, and indigenous spiritual healing technologies and practices. As both artist and organizer, Alhassen performed and wrote for internationally touring play "Hijabi Monologues" and worked with arts-based social justice organization Blackout Arts Collective. In Fall 2017, Alhassen was awarded a 2017-2018 Pop Culture Collaborative Senior Fellowship geared towards studying and shifting Muslim narratives. As a Senior Fellow, Alhassen will lead a project to unlock new pathways to create and popularize authentic narratives for Muslims in pop culture, including a report on representations of Muslims on screen for the last 100 years and recommendations for transforming prevailing narratives.

Enrique Balcazar

Activist, Migrant Justice

Enrique Balcazar

Activist, Migrant Justice

Enrique "Kike" Balcazar immigrated to the United States from Tabasco, Mexico when he was 17 years old. He joined his parents on a dairy farm in rural Vermont and worked for years on farms across the state. Enrique joined Migrant Justice and became a leader in the successful campaign to expand access to driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants in Vermont. He became part of the organization's Farmworker Coordinating Committee and is now an organizer and spokesperson. Enrique is one of the principal architects of Milk with Dignity, a worker-led program securing human rights and economic justice in dairy supply chains. Enrique is a recipient of the Mario Savio Young Activist Award and the Discount Foundation Legacy Award. He accepted the National Education Association's "César Chávez Civil and Human Rights Award" on behalf of Migrant Justice.

Heidi Boisvert

CEO And Creative Director, FuturePerfect Lab

Heidi Boisvert

CEO and Creative Director, futurePerfect lab

Heidi Boisvert (PhD) is a new media artist, experience designer, creative technologist, researcher, and writer who creates groundbreaking games, web interactive, augmented reality and transmedia storytelling experiences for social change, as well as large-scale networked performances in dance and theatre using bio-expressive technology. Heidi founded and serves as the CEO and Creative Director of the futurePerfect lab, a boutique creative agency that works with non-profits, cultural and educational institutions to develop imaginative and playful applications of integrated media and emerging technology. She was formerly the Multi-Media Director at Breakthrough, a global human rights organization, where she designed, developed and virally propagated a wide range of new media and pop culture campaigns that helped raise awareness and instigate policy change on pressing social issues. Heidi is currently the Director of Emerging Media Technology at New York City College of Technology (CUNY).

Tarek Deida

Karel Fellow

Tarek Deida

Karel Fellow

Tarek Deida is a rising senior at Columbia University, majoring in history with a concentration in English. Growing up in a low-income, African American community in rural North Carolina, Tarek remembers being told by his elementary school teachers that he was less likely to attend college because of his circumstances and the color of his skin. But that didn’t deter him. When he was in seventh grade, he was accepted into The Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program, a 5-year pre-college scholarship for students with financial need. Through this program, he was given the opportunity to attend Deerfield Academy, a prestigious (and predominantly white) New England boarding school. While at Deerfield, Tarek founded the Diversity Council to give marginalized students a platform to express their concerns. Now, as a junior at Columbia, Tarek continues to find new ways to lift up his community, whether it’s interning for the NAACP or the New York City Office of the Mayor.

Deborah Jacobs

Director, King County Office Of Law Enforcement Oversight

Deborah Jacobs

Director, King County Office of Law Enforcement Oversight

Deborah Jacobs is a lifelong advocate for social justice and human rights. She has held executive positions at the Ms. Foundation for Women and the ACLU, including 13-years as Executive Director for the ACLU of New Jersey. She has an outstanding track record of success in institutional growth, strategic initiatives and inspiring leadership, as well as a national reputation as a tenacious advocate and dynamic speaker. Her policy expertise includes criminal justice reform, government transparency, voting rights, free speech, privacy, immigrant rights, racial equity, reproductive rights, women's rights, and child sexual abuse. She currently works in the field of police accountability as Director for the King County Office of Law Enforcement Oversight in Seattle. Her office seeks to ensure that the King County Sheriff’s Office treats people in a fair, humane and transparent manner.

Jeffrey Jones

Executive Director, George Foster Peabody Awards

Jeffrey Jones

Executive Director, George Foster Peabody Awards

Jeffrey Jones is the Executive Director of the George Foster Peabody Awards, the oldest and most prestigious award in broadcasting and digital media. He also directs the Peabody Media Center, the scholarly and programmatic arm of the awards program dedicated to furthering the reach, understanding, and impact of Stories That Matter. Jones is also the Lambdin Kay Chair for the Peabodys in the Entertainment and Media Studies Department at the University of Georgia. He is the author and editor of six books, including Entertaining Politics: Satiric Television and Civic Engagement; Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era; and The Essential HBO Reader. His research and teaching focuses on popular politics, or the ways in which politics are presented and engaged through popular culture. His research subjects include media figures and programs such as Saturday Night Live, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher and Michael Moore.

Mauricio Mota

Founder And Co-President, Wise Entertainment

Mauricio Mota

Founder and Co-President, Wise Entertainment

Mota began his career as an entrepreneur at the age of 15 when he developed a storytelling board game with writer Sonia Rodrigues, which he sold door-to-door all over Brazil. The game’s patent was used as the foundation for a literacy social network employed by 700,000 kids in public schools across Rio. Recently awarded with an Innovation and Inclusion Award by the Digital Diversity Network, Mauricio Mota is the founder and co-president of Wise Entertainment. He served as executive producer of East Los High, an award-winning drama series that earned five Emmy nominations during its run on Hulu for its realistic portrayal of Latino high school students. Mauricio was the first Latin American to speak at the Futures of Entertainment conference at MIT. He has been a judge on many international juries, such as Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, Festival of Media, the Emmys, and the One Show.

Saket Soni

Founder And Director, Resilience Force

Saket Soni

Founder and Director, Resilience Force

Saket Soni is a labor organizer and human rights strategist. He is founder and director of Resilience Force, a national initiative to transform America’s response to natural disasters by strengthening and securing America’s resilience workforce. As director, Saket crafts the organization’s advocacy and media strategy, and provides strategic counsel to social justice advocates and government officials across the country. Resilience Force follows a 12-year record of successful advocacy in the post-Katrina Gulf Coast. Saket is recognized as a national expert on post-disaster economies, immigrant rights and the future of work. He was profiled as an “architect of the next labor movement” in USA Today, and he has testified before Congress and at the United Nations. Saket’s advocacy efforts have been featured on NPR, in Time, and on the front page of The New York Times. His writings have appeared in the L.A. Times, The Hill, The Nation, Latino Journal, Talking Points Memo and on CNN.com.

Shawn Taylor

Author, Lecturer, TheNerdsofColor.Org

Shawn Taylor

Author, Lecturer, TheNerdsofColor.Org

Shawn Taylor is a lecturer at San Francisco State University where he teaches courses in interdisciplinary writing and popular culture. A writer with two published books—and two more in 2020—his writings have appeared in The New York Times, Rad Dad, the online edition of Ebony, and numerous anthologies and academic journals. He is also a well-known blogger on parenting and fatherhood concerns. A lover of all forms of geekery, he is the cofounder of the much beloved (but now defunct) AfroGeeks blog that was launched in 2006 as a way to cope with the death of Octavia E. Butler. He is one of the founding authors at www.thenerdsofcolor.org, the premiere blog for the intersection of people of color and geek/nerd culture. He is also one of the co-founders/organizers of the Black Comix Arts Festival (BCAF). Currently, Shawn is a Senior Fellow with the Pop Culture Collaborative investigating the future of fandom power.

Tamarra Thal

Karel Fellow

Tamarra Thal

Karel Fellow

Tamarra Thal is a rising junior at the University of Florida, majoring in public relations. As a woman of color and member of UF’s Black Student Union, she feels a moral obligation to advocate for black women. As a freshman, Tamarra became a mentor for L.A.D.I.E.S, a mentorship program for at-risk middle school and high school girls in Gainesville, Florida. Beyond pursuing her personal passions, Tamarra has already started pursuing a career in the nonprofit world. As the program coordinator for Keep Alachua County Beautiful, Tamarra is leading the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program, which aims to reduce the number of cigarette buds that litter the streets of Gainesville. This summer, Tamarra will be interning at Truth Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to making tobacco use a thing of the past.

Tracy Van Slyke

Strategy Director, Pop Culture Collaborative

Tracy Van Slyke

Strategy Director, Pop Culture Collaborative

Through her work at the intersection of media production, cultural strategy, and movement building over the last 17 years, Tracy Van Slyke has worked with a cross-sector of content producers, social justice organizers and philanthropic leaders to help them develop the profound storytelling and experiences that can catalyze mass audiences for social change. Tracy is currently the Strategy Director at the Pop Culture Collaborative - a philanthropic resource and funder learning community that uses grantmaking, convening, narrative strategy, and research to transform the narrative landscape around people of color, immigrants and refugees, Muslims, and indigenous people, especially those who are women, queer, transgender, and disabled. Previously, she was the director of the Culture Lab, which through prototyping methodology, built programs to help social justice leaders quickly adopt and advance their ability to use pop culture strategies and storytelling to create an equitable world.

Lizz Winstead

Co-Creator And Former Head Writer, The Daily Show

Lizz Winstead

Co-Creator and Former Head Writer, The Daily Show

As co-creator and former head writer of The Daily Show and co founder of Air America Radio, Lizz Winstead has helped changed the very landscape of how people get their news. Winstead also brought her political wit to The Daily Show as a correspondent and later to the radio waves co-hosting Unfiltered, Air America Radio's mid-morning show, with Chuck D and Rachel Maddow. Lizz continues doing stand-up, but spends most of her time at the helm of Lady Parts Justice League, a NYC-based reproductive rights organization that she founded in 2015, which uses humor and outrage to expose anti-choice hypocrisy and mobilizes people to take action in all 50 states. Known as as one of the top political satirists in America, Winstead has been recognized by all the major media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, O Magazine, and as Entertainment Weekly’s 100 Most Creative People.