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Listening to Micah White is dizzying. He presents his radical ideas with a winning smile and a lighthearted tone that belies the gravity of his claims. White argues that we need to fundamentally change the way we protest. Going out on the street is valid and important, but it’s not enough. As a co-founder of Occupy Wall Street he knows his concept has failed. But it has taught him democracy is in a deep crisis. So what’s left? White asks for nothing less than a revolution, but one without a leader and instead delegates acting for a movement more powerful than its representative. When asked how he can stay optimistic in the face of such a monumental task, his cheerful reply is that revolution always happens when it seems most unlikely. His talk and the discussion that follows is a great advertisement for what the Antidote Festival can be at its best. It’s radical and intoxicating.
— The Guardian
Thanks again for your visit to our campus. The students were ecstatic to have lunch with you and the faculty very much enjoyed conversation with you. Importantly your talk and the following Q&A not only generated a crowd but intense discussions amongst many of the students and community members in attendance spilling over throughout the city after. One faculty member commented that you drew a crowd to match the US Poet Laureate.
— Columbus College of Art & Design

Just a few of Micah's recent guest lectures:

 

Antidote Festival
Sydney, Australia
August 2017

"What Creates Social Change?"
Health Sciences Association of Alberta Convention
June 2017

"The End of Protest" @ Q Ideas
Nashville, Tennesse
June 2017

"Will Democracy Win?"
Aarhus, Denmark
February 2017

"Why Protests Fail"
Swarthmore College
March 2017

EARCOS Global Issues Network
"How to Create Social Change"
Bali, Indonesia
March 2016

David Brower Center
"Is Climate Change Protest Broken?"
Berkeley, CA
Earth Day 2016

Culture and Political Subjectivities Conference, Columbia University, NY
Discussant
May 29, 2015

Ideas City Festival, New York City, NY
Panel Discussion
"Hope and Unrest in the Invisible City"
May 28, 2015

GUME, São Paulo, Brazil
On-stage Interview
May 26, 2015

Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH
Public Lecture
"The Beginning of Protest"
October 22-23, 2014

Miami University, Oxford, OH
Grayson Kirk Distinguished Lecture
"The End of Protest"
October 20-21, 2014

University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
Guest of Religion and Library Science faculty
What is a protest?”    
April 8-10, 2014

Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH
Guest of the Philosophy department
“The Future of Protest is Slow”    
Feb. 15-18, 2014

5 Star Movement’s V3DAY Rally, Victory Square, Genoa, Italy
Guest of Beppe Grillo
Three Catastrophes and Three Solutions
40,000+ activists in attendance    
Dec. 1, 2013

 

"Is Protest Political?"
Bard College's Hannah Arendt Center
October 2017

"Activism at a Crossroads"
Berkeley, California
June 2017

"Power of the People"
University of Chicago
May 2017

Melbourne Writer's Festival
Melbourne, Australia
August 2017

University of Colorado
Colorado Springs, CO
April 2017

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Denver, CO
Visiting Artist, Scholar and Designer
The Future of Protest is Fast/The Future of Protest is Slow” 
Lecture, classroom visit and student workshop on art and activism    
Nov. 5 - 7, 2013

Internazionale a Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy
Vices and Virtues of Online Activism and “Print and Finance in Times of Crisis”
Two panel discussions at Italy’s largest public literary event    
Oct. 5, 2013

Smoke Farm Symposium, Arlington, WA
The Role of Cascadia in the Leaderless Revolution
Gathering of scientists, visionaries and philosophers    
Aug. 3, 2013

Get Up! Stand Up!, Convocation Hall, Toronto, ON
The Future of Social Change
Other speakers included John Ralston Saul, Chris Hedges and Margaret Atwood. Micah’s lecture and on-stage interview was selected for national broadcast by CBC radio.    
May 4, 2013

St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St Mary’s, MD
Guest of the Political Science department
“Political Theory of Horizontalism”
Lecture and seminar on the political theory of Occupy Wall Street    
Nov. 3 – 6, 2012