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Friday, June 08
9 am to 10:15 am
Matt Thompson will deliver a lively talk: Why the alternative press was invented for the Internet - Alternative Newsweeklies pioneered a voice and style that's come to reflect the best of digital culture - irreverent, authentic and passionate. Now, in the age of Wikileaks, what can the alts learn from the Awl, while retaining their mission and brand.

Then, get inspired by local activist Grace Lee Boggs. "Most Americans have a very short-range idea of history," Boggs said recently. The long-range perspective that Boggs brings is that of an activist-philosopher, who steps back to see mass production as a 100-year-old enterprise, capitalism as a few hundred years old, and a city like Detroit in the context of evolution. A one-time associate of Marxist philosopher C.L.R. James, a Detroiter for more than half a century, Boggs' books "Living for Change: An Autobiography" and more recently "The Next American Revolution" have energized activists to think about our cities in fresh ways, to ask how we "rebuild, redefine, and respirit them as models of twenty-first century, self-reliant and sustainable multicultural communities."

Speakers: Matt Thompson, NPR and Grace Lee Boggs

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