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Schedule 2012

Schedule subject to change

Friday, November 30, 2012 6:00 – 7:30 pm EST

Session One: Poverty and Plenty

The space between having a little and having a lot

Host: Pat Mitchell

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Journalist, Author
Malehlohonolo Moleko
, Entrepreneur
Musimbi Kanyoro
, Advocate, Scholar
Jacki Zehner
, Investor, Philanthropist
Emily Peal
, Microfinance Leader
Maya Azucena
, Singer-Songwriter
Rosie Rios
, Treasurer of the United States

Friday, November 30, 2012 7:30 – 10:00 pm EST


Saturday, December 1, 2012 7:00 – 8:15 am EST

Breakfast and registration

Saturday, December 1, 2012 8:30 – 10:00 am EST

Session Two: Fact and Faith

The space between what we think we know and what we believe

Host: Pat Mitchell

Hyun Kyung Chung, Theologian, Professor
Sister Joan Chittister, Writer, Lecturer
Eboo Patel, Interfaith Youth Advocate & Leader
Edit Schlaffer
, Activist, Counter Terrorism Expert
Archana Kapoor
, Social Activist, Publisher, Filmmaker
Arshi Saleem Hashmi
, Expert Security Affairs
John Hagelin, Quantum Physicist, Educator, Public Policy Expert
Radmilla Cody
, Singer-Songwriter, Activist

Saturday, December 1, 2012 10:00 – 10:30 am EST


Saturday, December 1, 2012 10:45 – 12:15 pm EST

Session Three: IQ and EQ

The space between our intellectual and emotional intelligence

Host: Pat Mitchell

John Gerzema, Author, Speaker, Social Strategist
Charlotte Beers, Speaker, Educator, Author
Shabana Basij-Rasikh, Advocate, Woman & Girls Education
Brittany Wenger, Science Fair Winner, Student
Amber Rubarth, Singer-Songwriter
Emily Bazelon, Journalist, Editor
Elizabeth Lindsey, Explorer, Fellow, National Geographic Society

Saturday, December 1, 2012 12:15 – 1:45 pm EST


Saturday, December 1, 2012 12:30 – 1:30 pm EST

BONUS PANEL: Knight Foundation Special Session

Women who are leading the exploration of using technology to transform democracy

Lauren Bird, Creative Media Coordinator and Vlogger at The Harry Potter Alliance
Keya J. Dinnenbaum, Ph.D, Founder & CEO, ElectNext
Marci Harris, Cofounder & CEO, POPVOX
Reshma Saujani, Founder, Girls Who Code
Moderated by Courtney Martin, Author, Blogger, Speaker

Saturday, December 1, 2012 2:00 – 3:30 pm EST

Session Four: The Mirror

The space between what we see and what is true

Host: Courtney Martin

Julia Bluhm, Student, Blogger
Izzy Labbe, Student, Blogger
Lynne Hurdle-Price, Education Consultant
Anita Sarkeesian, Media Critic, Researcher
Jessica Pabón, Researcher, Female Graffiti Artists
Sue Austin, Multimedia Performance & Installation Artist
Emily May, Advocate, Social Entrepreneur
Gaby Pacheco, Immigrant Rights Leader
Angela Patton
, Advocate, Community Leader
The GIMP Project

Saturday, December 1, 2012 3:30 – 4:00 pm EST


Saturday, December 1, 2012 4:15 – 5:45 pm EST

Session Five: Stops and Starts

The space between disruption and moving on

Host: Pat Mitchell

Inch Chua, Singer-Songwriter
Bob & Lee Woodruff, Journalist, Author, Advocate
Zahra' Langhi, Gender Specialist, Political Activist
Janine di Giovanni, Author, Journalist 
Tiffany Dufu & Marie C. Wilson, Advocates
Loreen Arbus, Philanthropist, Advocate
Lourds Lane, Producer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Singer


Saturday, December 1, 2012 6:15 – 7:45 pm EST

Session Six: The Rising

It is the space between seeing and doing; between knowing and responding; between staying in the dark and seeking the light

Host: Eve Ensler

Isatou Touray, Advocate, Leader, Women's Health
iO Tillett Wright
, Photographer, Activist
Kate Clinton, Performer, Author
Meggan Watterson, Scholar, Advocate
Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes
, Educator, Spoken Word Artist
Anthem Girls:
Tanyaradzwa Ashleigh Tawengwa, Caitlin Witty, Liz Byrne, Dana Kluczyk, Jenny Mollett, Jenna Brooke Scannelli, Sheléa Frazier
Eve Ensler, Tony award-winning playwright, author of The Vagina MonologuesEmotional Creature, the secret life of girls around the world, and many other books and plays, and founder of VDAY, a movement to end violence against women and girls, is the guest curator for this session. She describes the session this way: 

I am thinking about Leonard Cohen’s line “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

When I think of space, I think of cracks. I think of light and wind. When I think of wind, I think of change. 

When I think of change, I think of rising. 

This session is a call to light, a call to wind, a call to rising. 

It is a rising that comes through the interplay of words, song, humor, images, and the body.

 It is a rising that comes…

When a visionary and brave chief prosecutor determines to enforce laws that protect women all over the world.

When a poet speaks uncomfortable truths in irresistible incantations. 

When a photographer documents the sexual identity of those forced to the margins and sets them free.

When a comedian finds funny in the face of madness and power.

When a singer belts out an anthem and we Dance and Rise because we must, because we can. 

This session brings together a singer, a comedian, a prosecutor, a photographer, and a poet, all of whom are calling up another way of being and seeing, all of whom are part of One Billion Rising, a global campaign that will be revealed at the end of the session and the conference with a call to participate: to RISE and DANCE and SING and SHIFT A GLOBAL CONSCIOUSNESS.

Saturday, December 1, 2012 8:00 – 10:30 pm EST

Closing Reception

Girls Rock! DC, Laura Varlas (Coach Vee), Michelle Rush (DJ C.rush), Maegan Wood (DJ Junebullet)