TCMA Fall Media Forum 2016: Keynote speakers announced


How has narrative constructed the current realities of white and marginalized communities? What role does narrative have in influencing and creating policy? We are excited to explore these questions and more with our keynote speakers – educator, activist and author of See No Color, Shannon Gibney, and co-founder and executive director of Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy, Shalini Gupta – at TCMA’s Fall Media Forum “No Stories About Us, Without Us: The Power of Narrative” on Sat. Oct. 15, 2016 at St. Paul Neighborhood Network (550 Vandalia St.).

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Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, activist and the author of See No Color (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), a young adult novel that won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Young Peoples’ Literature. Her writing appears in numerous anthologies, and in other venues including Al Jazeera America, The Crisis and Gawker. Shannon is faculty in English at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, where she teaches critical and creative writing, journalism and African Diasporic topics. A Bush Artist and McKnight Writing Fellow, she is currently at work on her second YA novel, Dream Country, about more than five generations of an African descended family, crisscrossing the Atlantic both voluntarily and involuntarily (Dutton, 2018).

Shalini Gupta is the co-founder and executive director of the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED). Her work is focused on forging solutions to our environmental crises that are grounded in economic and social history. Shalini has worked with a range of organizations from local grassroots groups to international organizations engaging in the promotion of sound environmental policy and environmental justice. She was a governor appointee to the Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy Board, with prior positions at the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and as the senior energy associate at the IWLA Midwest office. She currently is on the leadership bodies of the national Climate Justice Alliance and the Midwest Environmental Justice Network, working to promote equitable and sustainable policies at the community level and across the country. Shalini is a former Bush Leadership Fellow, holds a B.S. in the geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago and a Master’s degree in environmental management from Yale University. She loves spending time with her two boys, going for walks, and cooking.