June 23-24, 2017

St. Louis, MO


Shocks to democracy demand resistance. However, in order to withstand successive jolts against reason, networks of intersectional interests must emerge. As such, the conference theme for the 2017 Rouge Forum is Resist. At this year’s conference, we hope to engage activists, students, educators, and scholars in a discussion of ways to leverage classrooms, schools, and higher education institutions to actively resist the overt assault on marginalized communities, the rise of nationalism, and the delegitimization of critical thought. We intend to demonstrate the importance of “place” in resistance by using St. Louis as a site that illustrates how activism, organization, and intersectionality can challenge a corrupt democracy.

Location: Il Montasero at Saint Louis University


Submit Proposal Proposal Deadline: April 15, 2017

Housing Information

2017 Rouge Forum Program

Adam Renner Education for Social Justice Lecture, June 23 @ 7:30 pm (Reception to Follow):

Sarah Kendzior, St. Louis-based author and journalist

The Rouge Forum holds meetings on a regular basis at both local and national levels. The national conferences have been held on a more or less annual basis; all meetings are action-oriented and the national conferences usually include workshops for teachers and students; panel discussions; community-building and cultural events; as well as academic presentations. Many prominent voices for democracy and critical pedagogy have participated in Rouge Forum meetings. On this site you’ll find the latest information about upcoming Rouge Forum meetings and conferences as well information on past conferences, including abstracts, papers, and videos.