Learn more about the keynote speakers and special guests for the 2017 Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference in Detroit. Please stay tuned as we continue to confirm more stellar presenters!
Julian Boal is a founding member of Ambata, GTO-Paris (Theatre of the Oppressed Group–Paris), and Féminisme Enjeux. He has realized workshops and projects in more than 20 countries, and he helped in the realization of TO festivals in India with Jana Sanskriti, in Europe with Pa’tothom, and in South America with CTO-Rio. Julian is the author of Images of a Popular Theatre (Imagens de um Teatro Popular, Hucitec, 2000), co-editor of Theatre of the Oppressed in Actions (Routledge, 2015), and is working for a PhD in Brazil.
Tawana “Honeycomb” Petty
Tawana “Honeycomb” Petty is a mother, social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet, author and visionary educator. She was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and is intricately involved in water rights, digital justice and visionary organizing work. She is the past recipient of the Spirit of Detroit Award, the Woman of Substance Award, the Women Creating Caring Communities Award, the Detroit Awesome Award, the Black Law Student Association’s Justice Honoree Award, and was recognized as one of Who’s Who in Black Detroit in 2013 and 2015. Tawana is a board member of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership, a Data Justice Community Researcher for the Detroit Community Technology Project, a Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL) Fellow, a member of Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management, and the The Detroit Digital Justice Coalition.
In addition to Tawana’s social justice work and community organizing, she performs, teaches and speaks across the globe. She has been a featured guest on the Tavis Smiley Show, NPR/WDET, AM 1440, FM 107.5, TV50 Street Beat, Occupy Radio, Move to Amend, PBS, The Barbara Dean Franklin Show, MetroTimes, on former Detroit Councilwoman JoAnn Watson’s television program Wake Up Detroit, on the Motown Writers Network, on former Rolling Stone Editor Dave Marsh’s national radio program Living in the Land of Hopes and Dreams and several other radio and television programs.
Tawana also teaches her workshop Poetry As Visionary Resistance across the globe. Her work and writings have also been featured in various publications and she has been a featured speaker and performer in many cities across the United States as well as outside of the country. As an organizer, Tawana has organized a vast array of social justice initiatives bringing together thousands to advocate for social justice and create alternatives and solutions.
In 2014, she spoke with comrades on water rights issues at the United Nations in New York on International Peace Day and in 2015, and was a featured speaker at the School of Americas Watch Vigil (SOA Watch Vigil) in Georgia.
David Cobb is a Democratizing Elections Fellow with the Liberty Tree Foundation and a Principal with the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy. He served as campaign manager for Jill Stein and Ajuma Baraka in the 2016 election and managed the recount efforts in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. He is a lawyer and political activist and co-founder of Move to Amend. David has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials, run for political office himself, and has been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience. He truly believes we must use ALL the tools in the toolbox to effect the systemic social change we so desperately need.
David was born in San Leon, Texas and worked as a laborer before going to college. He graduated from the University of Houston Law School in 1993 and maintained a successful private law practice in Houston for several years before devoting himself to full time activism to achieve real democracy in the United States.
In 2002 David ran for Attorney General of Texas, pledging to use the office to revoke the charters of corporations that repeatedly violate health, safety and environmental laws. He did not win the office, but the Green Party of Texas grew dramatically during his campaign from four local chapters to twenty-six. In 2004, he ran for President of the United States on the Green Party ticket and successfully campaigned for the Ohio recount.