Writer, speaker and activist Eli Clare will be visiting the University of Washington for two public presentations and a lunch discussion with students and faculty. All events are free and open to the public. Sponsored and organized by ASUW Student Disability Commission, Women’s Action Commission, and Gay Bisexual Lesbian Transgender Commission; Disability Advocacy Student Alliance; and UW Disability Studies Program.
Resisting Shame, Making Our Bodies Home
Thursday January 27, 2011
University of Washington
Parrington Hall 309 (map)
Shame is an altogether too familiar feeling in marginalized communities, and its impact is huge, ranging from low self-esteem to addiction, from ignoring our health care needs to suicide. Using critical analysis, storytelling, and poetry, writer and activist Eli Clare explores how we in our communities, particularly in LGBTQ and disability communities, resist shame and make our bodies home.
After Eli’s talk, everyone is invited to the Opening Reception for the Willard Suitcases Exhibit in Odegaard Library, Room 220, January 27, 6:00-8:00pm. Light refreshments will be served.
Yearning Towards Carrie Buck
Friday January 28, 2011
University of Washington
Odegaard Library 220
The infamous Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell, which declared involuntary sterilization laws constitutional in 1927, was built upon the body of Carrie Buck, a poor white woman from Virginia. Using history, poetry, images, and imagination, Eli Clare explores how disability, class, gender, and whiteness often collide and asks questions about the relationship between bodies on one hand and law, history, and metaphor on the other.
White, disabled, and gender-queer, Eli Clare happily lives in the Green Mountains of Vermont where he writes and proudly claims a penchant for rabble-rousing. He has written a book of essays Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation (South End Press, 1999, 2009) and a collection of poetry The Marrow’s Telling: Words in Motion (Homofactus Press, 2007) and has been published in many periodicals and anthologies. Eli speaks, teaches, and facilitates all over the United States and Canada at conferences, community events, and colleges about disability, queer and trans identities, and social justice. Among other pursuits, he has walked across the United States for peace, coordinated a rape prevention program, and helped organize the first ever Queerness and Disability Conference.
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