This past March, Indigo Bridge held another hard-hitting discussion series, this time on the subject of social movements. Entitled Subversive Minds, the series invited guest speakers each week to discuss social movements from a variety of angles.
The first week featured Patrick Jones and Rosemarie Holz, two historians from UNL, who gave brief-but-instructive presentations about the Black Panther and birth control movements, respectively.
The second week took a psychological approach, with psychologist-activists Ellie Shockley and Mary Pipher discussing the role the psyche plays in social movements. How it keeps us complacent. How it motivates change. How awareness of psychological needs can help a movement spread.
The third week of the series focused on art. As a primer for this installment, we shared this TEDx video—Alex Grey’s talk on “How art evolves consciousness”—on the Subversive Minds Facebook Event. At the real-life event, Justin Kemerling spoke about his design company, which uses marketing and design principles to connect activists and campaigns to branded messages and, thus, increase a movement’s reach. Andy Dillehay of the Nebraska AIDS Project discussed the role art played in the movement to raise awareness and decrease the stigma associated with AIDS, focusing especially on the massive AIDS Quilt project. Finally, Amanda Huckins and Paul Hanson Clark discussed Lincoln’s grassroots literary collective SP CE Commons, exploring how the group has grown from a handful of rag-tag writers into a fully-formed public arts and engagement center with a lending library, a letter press, and space to hold community events.
The final week of Subversive Minds was less of a lecture and more of a round-table discussion. The assembled group conversed about current movements in Lincoln—representatives from Common Root, WeMidwest, Friends of Wilderness Park, and Resplendent Jezebel Burlesque were present. The conversation then moved to intersectionality and to the question of how progressives spearheading different issues can convene and coordinate their movements. It turned out such an internet-location already (sort of) existed: Do Something Lincoln. The discussion ended with the agreement that we take the subject beyond the walls of the Creamery building. This can’t stop here, was the prevailing sentiment.
Many thanks to all the speakers and guests who joined us for Subversive Minds. Keep talking! Keep listening! Keep doing!