2024: Movement

Movement is constant. It signifies change. It signifies development. It signifies being. From crowds in an organized march to bodies in performance, movement is embedded in how we engage with the world. We move through spaces, ideas, and identities as we navigate our proximal surroundings. In these physical spaces, we feel movement, and movement feels us.

In our digital infrastructures, movement becomes obscured. Platforms and screens engender stillness. Online and on screens, there is a false sense of movement when machines stimulate dopamine receptors, tricking users into feedback loops of clicking and sharing, but the true cost of immobility is made invisible. In contrast, we can use digital tools to illuminate the importance of movement, from direct action to the body in motion to immigrant mobility, through storytelling and shared experiences, asking us to make assumptions about how we move, in support and opposition, and what these online movements reveal about our lived environments. 

How we navigate movement in proximal vs. mediated environments dictates the impact these movements have on our world.

The 2024 Social Justice + Media Symposium, taking place at Queens College explored the concept of movement, from people to platforms, and how movement can support more just and equitable futures. Queens is the most diverse county in the US, a region that celebrates movement: two international airports, a sprawling metro system, an immigrant diaspora with over 800 languages, art centers and theaters, and social movements and passionate activism. 

The Symposium examined diversity, visibility, agency, performance, art, civics, and safety in the microcosm of Queens that represents the ever-changing world. 

For more information about the Social Justice + Media Symposium, about Moses Shumow, or if you are interested in joining this network, please contact Dr. Paul Mihailidis at [email protected]


9:30 - 10:00 AM

Coffee & Light Breakfast

10:00 AM


Dean Simon Yearwood

Prof. Amy Herzog, Chair, Media Studies 

James Cohen, PhD

10:15 AM

SJM Symposium: Honoring the Work and Life of Moses Shumow

Paul Mihailidis Symposium Coordinator & Professor, Emerson College

Rose Shumow, Media Producer

10:30 AM

Keynote: Douglas Rushkoff

"From the Movement to the Moment: Tactical Media in the Present Tense"

With Introduction by Jamie Cohen

Named one of the “world’s ten most influential intellectuals” by MIT, Douglas Rushkoff is an author and documentarian who studies human autonomy in a digital age. His twenty books include the just-published Survival of the Richest: Escape Fantasies of the Tech Billionaires, as well as the recent Team Human, based on his podcast, and the bestsellers Present ShockThrowing Rocks at the Google BusProgram or Be ProgrammedLife Inc, and Media Virus. He also made the PBS Frontline documentaries Generation LikeThe Persuaders, and Merchants of Cool. His book Coercion won the Marshall McLuhan Award, and the Media Ecology Association honored him with the first Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity.

Rushkoff’s work explores how different technological environments change our relationship to narrative, money, power, and one another. He coined such concepts as “viral media,” “screenagers,” and “social currency,” and has been a leading voice for applying digital media toward social and economic justice. He serves as a  research fellow of the Institute for the Future, and founder of the Laboratory for Digital Humanism at CUNY/Queens, where he is a Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics. He is a columnist for Medium, and his novels and comics, Ecstasy ClubA.D.D, and Aleister & Adolf, are all being developed for the screen.

11:45 - 12:00 PM


12:00 PM

Lunch & Performance

Let the Water Settle and You Will See the Moon

Conceived and Choreographed by Yin Mei

Yin Mei is a category-defying director/choreographer/visual artist known for creating dance theater works that bridge geographic, technological, artistic, and cultural divides to conjure a unique brand of theatrical magic. Having forged a dance style employing Chinese energy direction and spatial principles as a means of creating contemporary movement theater, Yin Mei has established herself as a choreographer and theater artist uniquely positioned to explore themes of artistic and spiritual significance arising at the intersection between Asian traditional performance and Western contemporary dance.

1:00 - 1:30 PM


1:30 - 3:00 PM


Listening Post Collective Civic Media Design Process and DIY Playbook (Jesse Hardman, Grace Northern)

Reel Works (Abby Verbosky)

[see full descriptions below]

3:00 PM

Closing Plenary Activity: Persisting Toward

3:30 PM

Award Presentation and Closing Remarks

4:00 PM


Workshop Descriptions

The Listening Post Collective Civic Media Design Process and DIY Playbook

Our workshop is an introduction to our civic media design strategies and user-friendly digital playbook that has inspired civic media projects across the globe. By the end of this workshop, you'll have a well-rounded understanding of our 3-step process and be equipped with some knowledge and tools needed to strengthen information ecosystems in your community and beyond. Join us on this journey as we explore the dynamic intersection of media, community engagement, and civic empowerment.

Reel Works

Reel Works mentors, inspires, and empowers underserved NYC youth to share their stories through filmmaking, creating a springboard to successful careers in media and beyond.


The 2024 Social Justice + Media Symposium took place on March 1st, 2024 from 10 AM - 4 PM. The Symposium was held at LeFrak Concert Hall in Queens, New York hosted by Queens College, CUNY.


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