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Library Mini-Conference Fall 2022 -- "Good Trouble": Countess

John Lewis: Good Trouble 2020 U.S. One Sheet Poster

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Library Mini-conference Fall 2022 – “Good Trouble”


Civil/Human Rights Movements:

  • Civil Rights Movement (1950s/60s)
  • Black Panthers

Women’s Rights Movement (1960s/70s)

  • ERA Amendment
  • Women’s Suffrage Movement

Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement

Native American/Indigenous/Aboriginal Rights movements

  • Wounded Knee
  • Alcatraz
  • Dakota Access Pipeline Issue
  • Canadian First Nations movements
  • Residential Schools issue
  • Abduction of First Nations women
  • Maori movement in New Zealand
  • Aboriginal rights in Australia

Black Lives Matter Movement

#MeToo Movement

Gay Rights movements

  • Stonewall Riots
  • ACT UP
  • The AIDS Quilt Project
  • Pride Parades
  • Drag Queen Story Hour controversy
  • Trans Rights
  • Trans Athletes controversy 

The Chicano Movement

Disability Rights Movement

  • Passage of the ADA, other legislation

Animal Rights Movement

Environmental Movement

  • Greenpeace
  • EPA
  • Earth Day
  • Climate Change
  • Rachel Carson
  • Greta Thunberg
  • John Muir
  • Chico Mendes
  • Winona LaDuke

Family Leave Act

Early Christianity (Movement)

Liberation Theology

Body Image issues

“Birds aren’t real” and the movement behind the “conspiracy theory”

Break-up of the British Empire (Colonies gain independence)

The First Amendment – interpretations, limits of …

Title IX (2022 is the 50th anniversary)

Historical figures who have practiced “Good Trouble”

Recognizing historical women in STEM for contributions credited to their male colleagues (in some cases the male colleague winning the Nobel Prize)

Works of literature/authors

  • Novels that have addressed injustice
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Jubilee
  • The Bluest Eye
  • Frankenstein
  • Walden - Henry David Thoreau
  • The Souls of Black Folk - W.E.B. Du Bose
  • The Feminine Mystique - Betty Friedan 
  • On the Road - Jack Kerouac

"Good Trouble" in Children’s Literature

Comics, Comic Books, Graphic Novels

  • Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

Biblical figures

"Good Trouble" by churches/clergy/theologians/laypeople 

  • Nuns on the Bus
  • Martyrs 
  • Modern example: Jonathan Myrick Daniels (Alabama connection)
  • Interfaith initiatives

Passages from Sacred Texts

Artists/works of art 

  • Picasso – Guernica
  • Norman Rockwell – The Problem We All Live With
  • Judy Chicago – The Dinner Party
  • Francisco Goya –The Third of May
  • Guerrilla Girls
  • Leon Golub
  • Jacob Lawrence
  • Robert Mapplethorpe
  • Barbara Kruger
  • Faith Ringgold
  • Street Art
  • Public monuments - controversies


  • John Lennon
  • Joan Baez
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie
  • Peter, Paul & Mary
  • Judy Collins
  • Joni Mitchell
  • Nina Simone
  • Hip Hop music
  • Social Justice in Classical Music
  • Jazz
  • Marian Anderson’s 1939 performance at the Lincoln Memorial


  • Songs
  • “Strange Fruit”
  • “We Shall Overcome”
  • “Blowin’ in the Wind”
  • “Imagine”
  • “Mississippi Goddam”
  • “Changes” (Tupac Shakur)
  • Protest songs
  • Music of the 60s/70s
  • Music of today
  • NPR article, "2020 Was the Year of Protest Music" 


  • Alvin Alley
  • Martha Graham
  • The Green Table
  • Maria Tallchief


  • Rogers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific
  • Boys in the Band
  • Kinky Boots
  • Angels in America
  • For Colored Girls
  • A Raisin in the Sun
  • Ragtime
  • Rent
  • Normal Heart (also HBO 2014 movie)
  • Les Miserables
  • The Last Ship
  • Working: A Musical


Movies (not in the least an exhaustive list)

  • Disney - evolution of films 
  • Disney+ series: Ms. Marvel, Newsies
  • Selma
  • Looks Who’s Coming for Dinner
  • Black Panther
  • West Side Story
  • Evolution of representation in film
  • Blaxploitation films
  • Get Out
  • The China Syndrome
  • Easy Rider
  • Philadelphia
  • Blackfish
  • Super Size Me
  • Bambi
  • Bowling for Columbine
  • Schindler's List
  • Norma Rae
  • Syriana
  • A Girl in the River
  • Cathy Come Home
  • Trevor
  • An American Family (television, 1973)

Museums, Archives, Libraries

  • Issue of “Decolonizing” library and museum collections
  • Current efforts to ban books, museum exhibitions


  • “Taking a Knee” at sporting events
  • Advocacy around issue of concussions in sports
  • Equal pay (i.e. Women's U.S. Soccer team, Women's professional tennis)
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) issue




Call for Proposals!