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Plug In: Building Other Worlds Where We Are

Feinberg Series Capstone Event

This year’s Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series, Another World Is Possible: Revolutionary Visions, Past and Present, hosted visionary scholars and organizers from across the U.S. and world, exploring how social movements have thought about -- and worked towards -- building other possible worlds at many points in history and in many places around the globe. 

This capstone event is a participatory forum to “plug in” and contribute to collective visions right here in western Massachusetts. More than two dozen students, faculty and community members contributed to the planning of this event, which emerged from a months-long visioning process facilitated by the UMass Alliance for Community Transformation

During the event, attendees will participate in community-led visioning workshops on the following themes:

  • Creating the Conditions for Grounded Visionary Work across the Valley
  • El Corazón / The Heart of Holyoke
  • Envisioning a Cooperative Economy
  • Envisioning Cross-Racial Relationships 
  • Imagining Solidarity Science
  • Men in Movement: Visions for Healthy Masculinity 
  • Nonviolent Direct Action for the Environment and More
  • Sharing the Vision!:  Holyoke Ethnic Studies
  • Visioning Collaboration in Our Movements

Come connect, collaborate and imagine together!


Schedule

4:30 pm:    Connecting, Gathering, Snacking
5:00 pm:    Introductory Words
5:30 pm:    Simultaneous Workshops, Round 1
6:00 pm:    Break & Engage with Organizations Tabling
6:15 pm:    Simultaneous Workshops, Round 2
6:40 pm:    Closing Session
 


More Information

Free and open to all with FREE FOOD from El Rincon Boricua Restaurant. 

Young people of all ages are welcome. There will be coloring books and crayons available for children (and adults). 

There will be FREE buses from UMass, departing from Haigis Mall at 4pm. To reserve your seat, click here. Seats will be available on a first come, first served basis on the day of the event. Parking is available nearby.

Wheelchair accessible. To request additional accommodations, contact uact@umass.edu.


Workshop Descriptions

Creating the Conditions for Grounded Visionary Work across the Valley: What does your kitchen-table group, organization, class of students, or crew of activists need to engage in and with powerful, grounded, visionary work? We’ll tell stories and talk specifics. Facilitated by UACT trainers

El Corazón / The Heart of Holyoke: This workshop will describe the evolution of a “placemaking” project for Main St. in Holyoke that celebrates the Puerto Rican and Latinx community. We’ll explore how arts and culture connects to residents’ everyday lives and helps build a sense of belonging, pride, unity and resilience. Facilitated by Joseph Krupczynski of the Center for Design Engagement.

Envisioning a Cooperative Economy: Join us for this participatory workshop! Be part of envisioning, and engaging in building a local cooperative economy. Facilitated by Wellspring Cooperative.

Envisioning Cross-Racial Relationships: We will start to unpack some of the challenges to building cross-racial friendships and also explore the opportunities to do so and what that means for a broad collective vision of the world. Facilitated by UACT staff, Monique Roberts

Imagining Solidarity Science: Science for the People members Tatiana Cheeks and Sigrid Schmalzer will lead participants in rethinking how scientific knowledge is made—and how it can better serve justice—if we transform it through radical listening, collective learning, and community solidarity.

Men in Movement: Visions for Healthy Masculinity: This workshop is geared toward masculine folks and men interested in reflecting on and mapping how masculinity impacts different aspects of our lives. We will develop visions for more just and healthy masculinity, and plan movement toward that end. Facilitated by UACT staff, Brennan Tierney

Nonviolent Direct Action for the Environment and More: The Sugar Shack Alliance inspires and trains current and future activists in nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience. Come learn about our work addressing urgent need to protect the earth and its inhabitants from climate change and environmental injustice, actively working towards a vision of a just, sustainable and equitable world for all. Facilitated by Terisa Turner and Priscilla Lynch. 

Sharing the Vision! Holyoke Ethnic Studies: This workshop centers the stories of students and instructors who are fighting for culturally-relevant education in Holyoke and beyond. Participants will be invited to reflect on their own educational narratives, and provided with ways to support the work of Holyoke Ethnic Studies.

Visioning Collaboration in Our Movements: In this workshop participants will be invited to vision and start practicing building better relationships within and between our organizations and movements. Led by facilitators and participants in Relational Organizing, a UMass/UACT course held in Springfield

Tabling

  • Civil Liberties and Public Policy
  • LINK Art x Action
  • Medicare for All
  • Pioneer Valley Workers Center
  • Showing Up for Racial Justice
  • The Shoestring
  • Venezuela Solidarity Coalition
  • Fund Our Future (The Pioneer Valley Project)

About Us

This event and the community visioning processes leading up to it were designed and facilitated by the UMass Alliance for Community Transformation.

The Feinberg Series is presented by the UMass Amherst History Department, and co-sponsored by more than three dozen university and community groups. Visit the Feinberg Series webpage for more information about the series, including a list of co-sponsors and community partners

This event is offered with the support of the Five College Lecture Fund. Graphic facilitation by Dpict.

Several dozen students, faculty, and community members contributed to this event, which emerged from visioning processes over the past few months facilitated by the UMass Alliance for Community Transformation (UACT), with graphic facilitation support from dpict. Visioning facilitators include Leslie Abraham, Jackie Brown, Brennan Tierney, Mica Reel, Justin Helepololei, Jen Sandler, Andrea Schmid Romeo Romero Sigle, Dani O’Brien, and Aaija Hall. This event is the capstone of the Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series, “Another World Is Possible: Revolutionary Visions, Past and Present.”

Organizations involved in the visioning sessions and workshops that made this event possible include: Center for Human Development, Cooperative Fund of New England, Great Falls Books Through Bars, Holyoke Ethnic Studies Program, Jobs With Justice, Just Roots, Link Art X Action, Lower Liberty Heights Community Action Team, Mama’s Voice, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center, Motherwoman, Neighbor to Neighbor, Our Revolution Chicopee, Pa’lante Restorative Justice, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Pioneer Valley Workers’ Center, Recovery Learning Center, Smith Divest, Smith Students for Justice in Palestine, South End Citizens Council, Springfield Women Organize, Unite Here, Valley Venture Mentors, Wellspring Cooperative, Wellspring Harvest, Western Mass Economic Development Council,  Western Mass Prison Abolition Network, and Wildflower Alliance.

With Special Thanks To: Sita Magnuson of dpict for graphic facilitation, Eric Watterson for poster design, Jason Kotoch for video and photography, Reed Arahood for art, Holyoke Ethnic Studies for art, Holyoke City Hall for space, the Resistance Center for Peace and Justice for sound, El Rincon Boricua Restaurant for food, Boone Shear, Lisa DePiano, Kysa Nygreen, Keisha Green, Laura Vadiviezo for engagement, Kandace Montgomery and Jesse Hagopian for Words, the Five College Lecture Fund for their generosity, the more than three dozen Feinberg Series partners and co-Sponsors for making this series possible, all workshop facilitators for visions, all tabling organizations for sharing, and everyone present for showing up and plugging in