Rida Institute 2018 Guest Presenters

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We're excited welcome these outstanding movement makers, educators and social justice advocates to present at the 2018 Rida Institute: adrienne maree brown, Ammerah Saidi and Carla Shalaby.

Author of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, adrienne is a social justice facilitator, healer, doula and pleasure activist living in Detroit. She is a student of emergence, somatics, transformation and science fiction. adrienne is also part of the training body of generative somatics. This year, adrienne is directing a sponsored project of Allied Media Projects called the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute, which is inspired by her book. She also co-edited Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Movements, and now hosts a podcast called How to Survive the End of the World.

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Ammerah Saidi

Ammerah is one of the founders of People In Education, the creator of the Rida Institute and a long time educator & social justice powerhouse in and around Detroit. She graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a Masters in School Leadership and taught for one year in Saudi Arabia. As the former director of PIE, she helped create the foundation for the work we do with teachers and students to humanize schooling.

Carla is a friend of People in Education and author of Troublemakers: Lessons in Freedom from Young Children at School. She is a former elementary school teacher and her work focuses on the critical role that children and teachers play in the ongoing struggle for justice. Carla has studied at the Rutgers and Harvard graduate schools of education and directed elementary education programs at Brown University and Wellesley College. She is an organizer with the Education for Liberation Network which hosts the semi-annual Free Minds Free People conference. Carla currently lives in Detroit.