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Lecture: Ableism 101 (Intro to Disability Justice)

Thursday, October 22, 2015
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Lecture Series continues the semester with a presentation by Kay Barrett, entitled, "Liberation Shows Up!: Ableism 101 (Intro to Disability Justice)."

This workshop dares us to understand and adore our whole selves. Being Disabled, Sick, Chronically Ill, Deaf, and/or being Brilliant/Crazy are often understood as flaws. Also as a Queer and a Person of Color, you ultimately survive struggle heightened by ableism. The truth is, we face all struggles simultaneously! Paying homage to audre lorde: “I do not believe in single-issue politics, because we do not live single-issue lives,” Participants will discuss avenues of critical intersections as brown, poor, trans, immigrant, disabled, other. How do competition and respectability politics impose ableism on our actions, our lives? How do we embrace a politic that doesn’t isolate or accommodate, but engages everyday movements to show up for everyone? How can we come to a place of honoring ourselves fully? You are invited to embrace our sexy, complicated, sacred, powerful, and amazing lineage as an SDQ (Sick & Disabled Queer). Everyone is encouraged to participate, but priority will be offered to those who live with SDQ (Sick & Disabled Queer/Transgender Indigenous or People of Color) experiences. Participants are asked to please bring their journals and/or writing materials.

A Campus Pride Hot List artist, Trans Justice Funding Project Panelist, and Trans 100 Honoree, KAY ULANDAY BARRETT is a poet, performer, and educator, navigating life as a disabledpin@y-amerikan transgender queer in the U.S. with struggle, resistance, and laughter. Kay has featured on colleges & stages globally; Princeton University, U Penn, UC Berkeley, Musee Pour Rire in Montreal, and The Chicago Historical Society. Kay’s bold work continues to excite and challenge audiences. A seasoned speaker, Kay has facilitated workshops, presented keynotes, and contributed to panels with various social justice communities. Kay’s ideas have featured in Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, KPFA Radio, and WBAI Radio. Kay turns art into action and is dedicated to remixing recipes.. See their online wobble.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.

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