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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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All-Inclusive: Photography for Social Justice

When November 01-03, 2019
Where Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
Keynote Speaker Ken Gonzales-Day
Featured Speakers Ryan Anderson, Barbara Boissevain, Pete Brook, Donna Brown, Edgard Buenas, Tamara Cedré, Amanda Dahlgren, Pablo Delano, Martha Díaz Adam, Tracy Fish, Katie Fitzgerald, Lindsay Godin, Charlotta Maria Hauksdottir, Victoria Mara Heilweil, Ron Herman, Dan Herrera, Scott Hinton, Sant Khalsa, Isabella La Rocca González, Dr. Hilda Lloréns, Ken Marchionno, Shanna Merola, Clifford Pun, Alana Rios, Rebecca Romani, Leah Schretenthaler, Fazilat Soukhakian, Chris Velasco, Isaac Wingfield
Honored Educator Meggan Gould, Lewis Watts

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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.

The deadline for the Call for Proposals has passed. A peer review committee has made their decisions and notification emails have gone out. If you submitted a proposal and did not receive a notification, please check your spam folder and then email

Registration fees, paid directly to SPE:

  • Regular, Senior, or Sustaining member: $75 early, $90 regular
  • Contingent Faculty/Part-Time or Bridge member: $40 early, $55 regular
  • Student member: $20 early, $25 regular
  • Non-member: $215
  • Student non-member: $80

Because nearby quick restaurants are very limited, we will be providing an optional $15 lunch on site on Saturday. Must be paid in advance at the time of registration.

Registration is currently open and the Early Bird Deadline is October 1, 2019.

Conference Chair: Renee Billingslea
Conference Co-Chair: Amanda Dahlgren

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

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