Dana R. Fisher in conversation with Vanessa Wruble on American Resistance: From the Women's March to the Blue Wave
Thursday November 14 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
American Resistance traces activists from the streets back to the communities and congressional districts around the country where they live, work, and vote. Using innovative survey data and interviews with key players, Dana R. Fisher analyzes how Resistance groups have channeled outrage into activism, using distributed organizing to make activism possible by anyone from anywhere, whenever and wherever it is needed most. Beginning with the first Women’s March and following the movement through the 2018 midterms, Fisher demonstrates how the energy and enthusiasm of the Resistance paid off in a wave of Democratic victories. She reveals how the Left rebounded from the devastating 2016 election, the lessons for turning grassroots passion into electoral gains, and what comes next. American Resistance explains the organizing that is revitalizing democracy to counter Trump’s presidency.
Dana R. Fisher is professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her books include Activism, Inc.: How the Outsourcing of Grassroots Campaigns Is Strangling Progressive Politics in America (2006).
Vanessa Wruble has dedicated her life to producing socially relevant media, political organizing, and redefining the global narrative of modern African culture. Okayafrica, the company she started with Questlove of The Roots, is now the largest media company focusing on a forward-thinking, nuanced view of Africa today. She previously worked as the first international correspondent at Al Gore’s Current TV, as a Communication Specialist for the United Nations, and as a journalist for several print magazines. Wruble first arrived in Africa to work in humanitarian aid for an NGO in Sierra Leone, but quickly turned from development to deep immersion in the many, and unique, cultures overflowing on the continent. During her extensive time living and working in Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Gabon, Sao Tome & Principé, Equatorial Guinea, and Somalia, Wruble found herself working with and representing some of Africa’s biggest music stars. That lead her to the great honor of working with the family of Fela Kuti to re-release his music, assist in the production of Fela! on Broadway, and reignite the legacy of Fela as an anti-colonialist, political revolutionary in the collective global consciousness.
Wruble graduated Cum Laude from Williams College where she studied Women’s Issues, Psychology, and Fiction Writing. She holds Master’s Degrees from The New School for Social Research in Psychology and from NYU in Interactive Media, where she focused on using technology to enable rich human interaction, and is an echoing green social entrepreneurship fellow. Vanessa helped to found the Women’s March on Washington, where she served as the Head of Campaign Operations, so as to right the imbalance of power, fight on behalf of all marginalized people, and ensure the end of structural patriarchy.