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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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Chair Abbey Hepner
Vice Chair/Secretary Emma Powell
Treasurer Paul Sisson
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All-Inclusive: Photography for Social Justice
2019 Joint West/Southwest Chapter Conference
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

November 1–3, 2019

Come learn from and connect with other individuals working with critical issues in social justice.

This conference is co-hosted by the West and Southwest Chapters of SPE and the Department of Art and Art History at Santa Clara University, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, minutes from the San Jose Airport and less than an hour from the old stomping grounds of Group f/64, which includes Carmel, San Francisco, and Oakland.    

We will explore how photography is used to challenge injustice, pursue social equality, and advance human rights through creative skills in order to inspire social movements, to witness, to resist oppression, to pose the difficult questions, and to stimulate debate and awareness about critical social issues.


Proposals are due May 1, 2019.

Registration fees, paid directly to SPE:

  • Regular, Senior, Sustaining member: $75 early, $90 regular
  • Adjunct/part-time: $40 early, $55 regular
  • Student: $20 early, $25 regular
  • Non-member: $190
  • Student non-member: $60

Conference Chair: Renee Billingslea
Conference Co-Chair: Lamia Khorshid

West Chapter Chair: Amanda Dahlgren
Southwest Chapter Chair: Abbey Hepner

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