WAM!LA Conference

Date: March 20, 2013
Start Time: 4:00 pm
End Time: 8:45 pm
Location: Humanities and Social Sciences Buildings, Room 252 (HSS252)
Address: 1900 Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Where: Santa Monica

You’re invited to WAM!LA’s annual conference, featuring some of LA’s best thinkers, activists and media-makers. It’s free — just RSVP on Facebook to reserve your seat!

4:00-4:45 pm Elin Stebbins Waldal
“Domestic Violence and the Media”

Elin Stebbins WaldalElin Stebbins Waldal is the author of Tornado Warning, A Memoir of Teen Dating Violence and Its Effect on A Woman’s Life and is committed to spreading awareness about the prevalence of teen dating abuse.  This interactive multi-media presentation encourages an open dialogue about the stigma of domestic violence, what the societal implications of it are and whether or not it matters who the victim is.  Click here for a full description and Elin’s bio.


5:00-5:45 pm: Lynn H. Ballen and Lauren McQuade
“Feminist Voices on the Radio”


Lynn H BallenLauren McQuadeLynn H. Ballen is a Senior Producer/Host and Lauren McQuade is an On-Air Producer of Feminist Magazine on KPFK 90.7FM, a local weekly radio show on progressive radio station KPFK 90.7 FM.  Join us to discuss radio as a political and artistic tool for feminist media activists.  They’ll talk about how mainstream radio silences feminist voices, examples of innovative feminist radio around the world and how podcasts/phone apps are making radio newly cool and accessible.  Click here for a full description, and both Lynn’s and Lauren’s bios.


6:00-6:45 pm: Seth Matlins, Sarah Paul and Karina Elias
“The Media and Public Health Act”

Karina Elias and Sarah Paul, two student advocates and undergraduates at CSU: Northridge, will team up with Seth Matlins, the driving force behind the Media and Public Health Act, for this presentation.  During the discussion, we’ll cover the cause and effect relationship between what we see and how we feel; why we need Truth-in-Advertising; the student-driven campaign to support the MPHA at CSUN; and what you can do to get involved. Click here for a full description and Seth’s, Sarah’s and Karina’s bios.

Seth MatlinsSarah PaulKarina Elias


7:00-7:45 pm: Tani Ikeda
“Our Bodies Our Message”

Tani-Ikeda-PictureTani Ikeda is an award-winning director who creates narratives, documentaries, music videos, and commercial films. Her workshop is comprised of a short screening of imMEDIAte Justice youth films, a what is media justice writing activity, and the chance for participants to create their own body centered images through photography. This is apart of a larger project that will document the stories of women and their bodies.  Click here for a full description and Tani’s bio.


8:00-8:45 pm: Holly Derr
“Feminism, the Internet, and the Imagination”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHolly Derr  is a writer, director, and professor of theater specializing in the performance of gender.  In this workshop, we’ll examine the question of whether there is a place in today’s virtual, image driven world for the dramatic form. In particular, can young women (who may not have been taught to read plays while imagining the action) learn to see themselves in theatrical characters? We ‘ll discuss the role of the importance of imagination to feminism, present a reading of one of the plays with actors, and open the floor for discussion of how to attract readers who may be unfamiliar with the form.  Click here for a full description and Holly’s bio.


*Please RSVP on Facebook.  Seating is on a first come first served basis.*

Organized by: Melanie Klein, Kerensa Cadenas and Alexandra Tweten

  • Melanie Klein is an Associate Faculty member at Santa Monica College, teaching Sociology and Women’s Studies. Click here for her full bio.
  • Kerensa Cadenas is a writer and feminist living in Los Angeles.  Click here for her full bio.
  • Alexandra Tweten was head editorial intern for Ms. magazine in 2010 and now works for Live Nation as an eCommerce operations coordinator.  Click here for her full bio.

WIY LogoThis event is part of WAM! It Yourself 2013, a multi-city event by Women, Action & the Media. For more information about events happening in L.A. and all over the world, check back here or email Alanna.