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LIGHT Festival

Friday, 17 June, 2022

The College for Public Health and Social Justice and Leaders Igniting Generational Healing and Transformation (LIGHT) invite everyone in the field and all members of the public"artists, poets, practitioners, storytellers, and the like "to attend the First Annual Virtual LIGHT Festival on Friday, June 17, 2022. Guided with the mission of LIGHT, this event seeks to bridge the divide between public health researchers and the public by creating opportunities to connect with one another through art, letters, stories, and poetry as lived experiences of healing and health.

We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker, Ijeoma Oluo, writer, speaker, and internet yeller. She is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, So You Want to Talk About Race and most recently, Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America.

Along with Ijeoma, we have a tremendous lineup of diverse, creative individuals, speakers, and workshop leaders in various artistic sectors "art (including creatives specializing in illustration, animation, comics, culinary arts, and painting) poetry, storytelling, and even entrepreneurship.

Our day is jam-packed with four speakers, eight workshop leaders, two yoga instructors, and a panel that will give their perspectives on reimagining public health in a post-pandemic era. Before the end of the day, we will announce our finalists from our first open call for submissions. The finalists’ submissions will be featured in our first biannual literary journal in public health that will be released in early 2023.

Please join us from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2022, as we decolonize the traditional methods of public health dissemination and research and listen to the dialogue, language, and voices about healing that resonate with us best. Register today.

We can’t wait to see you.