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37th Gender Studies Symposium Keynote Presentation: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Date: 7:00pm PST March 9, 2018 Location: Council Chambers

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Keynote Presentation: Transformative Justice Is Not A Magic Unicorn, But It Still Might Save Our Lives: Towards a Harm Reduction, Real-Talk Approach to Saving The World


Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer, sick, and disabled nonbinary femme writer and cultural worker of Burger/ Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/ Roma ascent. The author of Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home (Publishing Triangle and Lambda Award 2016 finalist, American Library Association Stonewall Award winner 2016), Bodymap (Audre Lorde Poetry Award Finalist, Publishing Triangle), Love Cake (Lambda Award 2012) and Consensual Genocide, she is also co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities. From 2006-2016, she co-founded and co-directed Mangos With Chili, North America’s longest running queer and trans people of color performance art tour. She is a lead artist with the disability justice performance collective Sins Invalid, co-founded Toronto’ Asian Arts Freedom School and teaches writing online and in person, with a focus on creating liberatory writing spaces by and for sick and disabled QTPOC, survivor and/or femme writers. Primarily, she is a weirdo who writes about survivorhood, disability justice, transformative justice, queer femme of color lives and Sri Lankan diaspora sitting in her room. In 2010 she was named one of the Feminist Press’ 40 Feminists Under 40 Shaping the Future.’

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