Welcome to the Allied Media Conference 2015! 
Saturday, June 20 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Nourishing Our Spirits: Desi Kitchen Stories of Healing

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What do beef biryani, slit green chilies, kitchens in Jackson, New Orleans, Chapel Hill and healing have to do with each other? We will share stories of radical dalit, muslim, and queer desi women living in the south, cooking up beloved friendships that nurture us and open up portals to ancestors. We will share our ways of healing and strengthening appetites for difference and community building through culinary art. Folks will walk away identifying the potential of such work to build and grow across race, caste, sexuality, class, and faith.


Noel Didla

Matti Collective, Cooperation Jackson
Noel teaches freshmen at Jackson State University in MS. She believes in humanizing/radicalizing/democratizing learning processes. Her philosophy is rooted in her Dalit feminism, Friere's pedagogical approach & Baker's vision. As a Dalit woman, she believes in sharing my culture... Read More →

Sumi Dutta

Matti Collective; Southerners on New Ground
I'm a pisces-rising leo born in Durham, NC, now living in Atlanta, GA. I'm in grad school working on a pedagogy rooted in being so free that your presence wields energy that'll make the current social order collapse. Healing 4 me: singing, swimming, #dopemealsonabudget, & cackling... Read More →

Sham-e-Ali Nayeem

Matti Collective

Manju Rajendran

Matti Collective
Manju's work w/ her mama's food justice experiment, Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe, informs her hunch that nourishing movements with delicious food is transformative work. Loves include Jackson Center 4 Saving + Making History, Fusion Youth Radio, Ready the Ground Training Team, & War... Read More →

Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 10:30am
State Hall: Room 208