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 explores 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 will examine 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


10:00 AM


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: TBA

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM


12:00 PM

Lunch, Screening, and Discussion

Screening: TBA

1:00 - 1:30 PM


1:30 - 3:00 PM


3:00 PM

Closing Plenary Activity

3:30 PM

Awards Announced and Closing Remarks

4:00 PM



The 2024 Social Justice + Media Symposium will take place on March 1st, 2024 from 10 AM - 4 PM. The Symposium will be held in Queens, New York hosted by Queens College, CUNY.


CUNY Queens College is located at the corner of the Long Island Expressway (LIE) and Kissena Blvd. (exit 24) in Flushing. Goldstein Theatre is located on that corner. 

The address for GPS is 65-30 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, Queens

By Car

If driving, six hour street parking is available with the ParkNYC app, but using the parking garage or parking lots is recommended. The parking garage is underneath the Student Union on the corner of Kissena Blvd (the entrance) and Melbourne Avenue. You may also use parking lots 15S or 15N located directly across from the pedestrian entrance to the Theatre, between Reeves Avenue & the Horace Harding Expressway.

By Bus

Queens College can be reached by several public MTA buses: 

Via Flushing: Take the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) or the #7 subway to Main St., Flushing. From Main St., take the Q25, Q34, or Q17 bus to Kissena Blvd. in front of the college’s main gate.

Via Forest Hills: Take the E, F, M, or R subway to 71st/ Continental Ave., Forest Hills. From there, take the Q64 bus to Kissena Blvd. and Jewel Ave.

Via Jamaica: Take the F subway to Parsons Blvd./ Hillside Ave. or the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to the Jamaica station. From either Hillside Ave. and Parsons Blvd. or Jamaica Ave. and 160th Street, take the Q25 or Q34 bus. Alternatively, from Hillside Ave. and either 169th or 179th Street in Jamaica, take the Q17 bus to the Long Island Expressway and Kissena Blvd.

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