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Thursday, June 07
5 pm to 6:30 pm
Are you under 40, Canadian, a first time convention go-er? Join the AAN board and staff for a beer and get to know us!
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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
12:45 pm to 2:15 pm
Herschel Fink defended Dr. Dre's right to film police officers who were on duty, and the Michigan State Supreme Court agreed. Fink, who has represented Michael Moore for the past 20 years, also played a key role in the Detroit Free Press freedom of information lawsuit that eventually put former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick behind bars. Join us at AAN's Free Speech Lunch with the former newspaper reporter who has been described as one of "the best lawyers in America under First Amendment law" by the SPJ.

The lunch will take place at the Detroit cultural gem known as Cliff Bell's. Located just blocks away from the convention hotel, Cliff Bell's is like taking a step back into Detroit's storied past. Behold the 1930's charm of the lavish, art-deco interior while dining on a delectable catered buffet of French-inspired fare.
Advance registration and separate fee of $25 required.

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Speaker: Herschel Fink, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
3:15 pm to 4 pm
Wayne Kramer, noted guitarist, songwriter and film and television composer will speak about the city of Detroit, music and community activism.
Speaker: Wayne Kramer
4 pm to 5:30 pm
We'll recognize and honor the winners of the AltWeekly Awards and their work at an afternoon reception. Toast the winners and runners-up with an adult beverage -- and enjoy a light bite as well. Open to all, but advance registration and separate fee of $10 gets you two drink tickets.
Saturday, June 09
10:15 am to 11 am
TED speaker and researcher at Harvard's Berkman Center Ethan Zuckerman will present innovative quantitative data on understanding media ecosystems, including how digital and analog are working together, questions of inclusion and exclusion in media dialog and ways to think about attention and influence.
Speaker: Ethan Zuckerman, Center for Civic Media at MIT
12:15 pm to 1:45 pm
2 pm to 3:15 pm
Join esteemed author and Detroit-native Thomas Sugrue as he discusses his latest research on American politics, urban history, civil rights, and race.
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Speaker: Thomas Sugrue, University of Pennsylvania
3:30 pm to 5 pm
Author/comedian Baratunde Thurston will keynote the final day of festivities at the 2012 AAN Convention in Detroit.

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