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2016–17 WILL*/WGSS Speaker Series


BODY POLITICS: AN EVENING WITH ROXANE GAY

Roxane Gay
Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.
Tyler Haynes Commons, Alice Haynes Room

Part of the 2016–17 Writers Series Roxane Gay, author and cultural critic, garners international acclaim for her social critique and exploration of feminism. NPR named her collection of essays, Bad Feminist, one of the best books of the year and Salon declared the book “trailblazing.” Gay is a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times and an associate professor of English at Purdue University.


DOCUMENTARY SCREENING AND DISCUSSION OF OUT IN THE NIGHT
Director Blair Dorosh-Walther and one of the “New Jersey 4,” Renata Hill
Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.
Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room
Part of UR Comes Out!

Out in the Night documents the story of four black lesbian women charged and convicted for assaulting a man who attacked them on the street in New York City. The award-winning documentary examines the resulting court case and the role that race, gender identity, and sexuality play in the criminal justice system. Director Blair Dorosh-Walther, alongside Renata Hill, one of the convicted women, will introduce the film and facilitate a discussion after the screening.

A second film screening of Out in the Night will be held in the Richmond community in partnership with Sistah Sinema and Afrikana Independent Film Festival on Oct. 19 at The Bijou (304 E Broad St, Richmond, VA 23219)* at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m. For this showing only, there is a ten dollar admission charge for the general public; students with an ID will be free of charge.

*Please note the venue change


THE NEW BETTER OFF: REINVENTING THE AMERICAN DREAM
Courtney E. Martin
Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.
Weinstein Hall, Brown-Alley Room

For the first time in history, the majority of American parents do not believe that their kids will be better off than they were. While some may see this as unfortunate, TED speaker and author Courtney E. Martin reads it as a provocation: better off based on whose standards? In this talk Martin explores what she calls “The New Better Off” and illuminates alternative ways Americans are seeking happiness and fulfillment. Largely influenced by feminist values, she argues that life can be more about community and creativity than dollars and cents.