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Making NOISE,

March 31-April 2, 2020
Stata Center @ MIT, Cambridge, MA

Presented by the Center for New Words
Co-sponsored by the MIT Program in Women's Studies

Featured Speakers and Panelists will include:

A-F / G-M / N-Z

Jen Angel
co-founder and publisher of Clamor Magazine

Angie Colette Beatty
founding member of the Progressive Women’s Caucus, National Hip Hop Political Convention

Karly Beaumont
writer and director, Chica Luna Productions

Amanda Berger
Women's Donor Network

Cecelie Berry
editor of Rise Up Singing

Jocelyn Burrell
poet and critic, editor/publisher at South End Press, and board member of LiP Magazine

Jennifer Camper
cartoonist and graphic artist, creator of books including Rude Girls and Dangerous Women, subGURLZ, and Juicy Mother

Marie Celestin
host of Girl TV

Lakshmi Chaudhry
senior editor, In These Times, and author of the AlterNet blog, The L-Files

Farai Chideya (keynote)
author, correspondent for NPR's News & Notes with Ed Gordon, and founder,

Jessica Clark
managing editor, In These Times

Sarah H. Cross
freelance writer and creative collaborator for artists and activists

Claire Cummings
editor, Survival News

Carissa Cunningham
director of public affairs and education, GLAD

Christine Cupaiuolo
freelance writer and editor of

Helen DaSilva
press officer, Oxfam America

Rebecca Willa Davis
freelancer for Elle Girl, campus activist at Barnard College

Joan Ditzion
founder of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective and co-author of Our Bodies, Ourselves

Jennifer Einhorn
Media strategist specializing social justice, arts and health activism

Cynthia Enloe
research professor, Clark University

Liza Featherstone

Author of Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers' Rights at Wal-Mart

Miranda Featherstone
former intern at Jane magazine and contributor to Bitch, student at Harvard University

Franccesca Fiorentini
editor and co-designer of Left Turn magazine

Susan Fleischmann
executive director, Cambridge Community Television

Angel Foster
associate at Ibis Reproductive Health, board member of Physicians for Reproductive Health and Choice, and medical anthropologist

Joey Fox
editor/publisher, South End Press, and activist focusing on reproductive rights, the prison industrial complex, and the Middle East

E. J. Graff
Senior researcher, Brandeis Institute for Investigative Journalism

Renae Gray
executive director, Boston Women's Fund

Margaret Morganroth Gullette
author of Aged by Culture and Declining to Decline: Cultural Combat and the Politics of the Midlife

Mikki Halpin
former deputy editor, Seventeen magazine, and author of It’s Your World—If You Don’t Like It, Change It: Activism for Teenagers

Rita Henley Jensen

founder and editor-in-chief, Women’s eNews

Robin Herman
director of communications for the Harvard School of Public Health and former reporter, The New York Times

Daisy Hernandez
senior writer, ColorLines

Maria Hinojosa (keynote)
senior correspondent for NOW on PBS, anchor and managing editor of NPR's Latino USA, and former urban affairs correspondent for CNN.

Julie Hollar
communications director, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR)

Vanessa Huang
anti-prison organizer, writer, and editor

Stacy Jackson
d irector of communications & operations, Haymarket People's Fund

Lisa Jervis
co-founder and publisher of Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture

Kara Jesella
co-author of How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time; former editor at The New York Times, Teen Vogue, and Nylon magazines

Sabrina Jones
cartoonist, illustrator and painter; co-founder and editor of Girltalk

Sonali Kolhatkar
host and producer of Uprising and co-director of the Afghan Women’s Mission

Betsy Leondar-Wright
communications director, United for a Fair Economy, and
author of ClassMatters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists

Gail Leondar-Wright

founder, gail leondar public relations

Diane Lewis

labor reporter, The Boston Globe

Stefanie Liang
creative director, Hyphen Magazine

Gordene O. MacKenzie
producer and co-host of GenderTalk Radio

Marisa Meltzer
freelance writer and co-author of How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time

Elisha Miranda
filmmaker, author, professor and co-founder of Chica Luna Productions

Denise Moorehead
marketing and communications consultant for progressive organizations

Nancy Nangeroni
founder and co-host of GenderTalk Radio

Jill Nelson
commentator, author, and journalist, and USA Today

Judy Norsigian
founder and executive director of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective

Anugraha Palan
communications director, Women’s Edge Coalition

Jill Petty
editor/publisher, South End Press, and instructor in the Writing, Literature
and Publishing department at Emerson College

Jennifer Pozner
founder and executive director, Women in Media & News (WIMN)

Kimala Price
research fellow at Ibis Reproductive Health and member of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective

Sofia Quintero
author and co-founder of Chica Luna Productions

Rachel Raimist
PhD student in women’s studies, mother, filmmaker, and hip-hop feminist

Betsy Reed
senior editor, The Nation

Brian Reid
founder of

Mikhaela B. Reid
political cartoonist forThe Boston Phoenix, Bay Windows, and other publications

Marcie K. Richardson
doctor and co-director of the Harvard Vanguard Menopause Consultation Service

Caryl Rivers (keynote)
media critic, Boston University journalism professor, and author of the forthcoming book Monsters, Mommies and Madonnas, about women and the news media

Irene Schneeweis
media coordinator, MADRE

Julianne Escobedo Shephard
blogger and freelance writer for publications including Spin and Stuff

Ethan St. Pierre
news director for GenderTalk Radio, co-host of Radical Trannies, and co-founder of TransFM

Karen St. Pierre
news director for GenderTalk Radio, co-host of Radical Trannies, and co-founder of TransFM

Heather Stephenson
program manager, Boston Women’s Health Book Collective and managing editor of 2005 edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves

Alice Tatah
producer/presenter, Cameroon Radio and Television, and 2006 Nieman Fellow

Guadalupe Tovares-Lopez
funding coordinator, The Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund, previously program director for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and Oxfam America

Abigail Trafford
columnist, Washington Post

Rebecca Traister
staff writer for Salon

Ana Trinidad
producer and writer, Chica Luna Productions

Judith Stadtman Tucker
founder and editor of Mothers Movement Online

Jessica Valenti
creator/head writer,

Tracy Van Slyke
publisher, In These Times

Thenmozhi Soundararajan
director, Third World Majority

Sue Veres
Global Interdependence Initiative, Aspen Institute

Elizabeth Wallace
former editor, Vogue, Elle Girl, and Nylon magazines

Michele Weldon
author of Everyman News: How Personal Stories Changed American Newspaper Journalism

Patricia Wen
reporter, Boston Globe

Lisa Witter
Executive Vice President and General Manager, Fenton Communications

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