RIOTcon 2016: Mapping a Movement focuses on the history, organization and necessary tools for social justice movements. These two days feature a dynamic program and training schedule, including three keynote addresses, panel discussions and workshops led by the brightest minds of today.
RIOTcon, the annual Spring conference hosted by Chicago Theological Seminary, is quickly becoming one of the leading events for social justice.
CTS invites activists, students, scholars, religious leaders, artists, and concerned community members to engage in the Raging Issues Of Today (RIOT) conference. Join us for two dynamic days of keynote addresses, panel discussions, and breakout workshops.
You can download the RIOTcon app here to help you fully enjoy the experience.
RIOTcon has over a dozen inspiring workshops lead by provocative industry leaders. Each session will help you learn, network and channel your passions.
For a detailed map and room locations, you can download our venue map below:Venue Map
Friday, April 15
Stony Island Arts Bank
6760 S. Stony Island Ave.
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
RIOTcon 2016: Mapping a Movement invites you to a spectacular evening featuring live readings and performances by Saul Williams, Ladan Osman, Bryant Terry, and featured guest hosts Black Girl in Om.
Hack into the mind of Saul Williams as he speaks on poetry as design, and reads selections from his new works, “US(a.)” and Martyr Loser King. Written and recorded between Senegal, Reunion Island, Paris, Haiti, New Orleans and New York, Martyr Loser King is his new multimedia project that engages the digital dialogue between the 1st and 3rd Worlds, and the global street sounds that yoke the two.saulwilliams.comMartyr Loser King
Born in Somalia and raised in Ohio, Ladan is a poet whose work appears in Seven New Generation African Poets (2014). Ladan’s The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony (2015) is the winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize. And, she is a contributing editor at The Offing and lives in Chicago. The Kitchen-Dwellers Testimony
A 2015 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award-winning chef, educator, and author renowned for his activism to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. Bryant’s fourth book, Afro Vegan was named by Amazon.com as one of the best cookbooks of 2014 and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Literary Work category. bryant-terry.com
This group promotes holistic wellness and inner beauty for women of color. Through their online publication and offline experiences, BGIO encourages self-care and self-love for women, inside and out. blackgirlinom.com
What would a conference be without some swag? Show off your commitment loud and clear with T-shirts, buttons, you name it!
T-Shirts for RIOTcon are available by order only. If you place your order before Wednesday at 9am CT, your shirt will be ready for you when you check in to the conference. All other orders will be shipped to you.
More than sponsors and supporters, these are our cohorts in the fight for social justice. They share our commitment to addressing the Raging Issues Of Today. We hope that you support them.
CTS is grateful for the partners who helped make RIOTcon 2016, “Mapping A Movement” possible.
CTS is proud to work with partners who are committed to advancing and supporting civil rights activism and activists! Call us and let’s discuss adding your organization to our partner list. Contact Susan M. Cusick, Director of Marketing at email@example.com or 773.896.2435.
One of the primary purposes of RIOTcon is to create space for dialogue and discussion. This plays out in person – as well as in social media. Here is our live social media wall. It collects and aggregates all of the conversations going on at the conference – and beyond.
RIOTcon is quickly becoming a leading national event for social justice. So here’s a list of recommended hotels, directions and maps for all our out-of-town guests.
The following properties are holding rooms for our event – please mention RIOTcon when you book!
If you choose to drive to RIOTcon, we recommend parking at one of these locations:
UC lot on 60th/Stony Island: Community parking is provided by University of Chicago at 60th Street and Stony Island Avenue. It is free to visitors. More information about University of Chicago community parking can be found here.
There is a wealth of information about public transportation through the Chicago Transit Authority.
CTA Bus Routes: