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Eli Clare: History of the freak show April 6

April 1, 2009

Which stories do we tell about our embodied experiences of race, disability, violence, class, gender identity, and sexuality? Eli Clare can give answers with his stories.

Workshop April 6

This workshop delves into the ways our stories not only repeat, but also contradict, each other. It creates space for the telling of privilege as well as oppression. It acknowledges the activist power of story to reach across chasms of power and insist upon wholeness.

We welcome queer, disability, activist, Eli Clare who is also an author, speaker, teacher, and poet.

Clare will present "Freaks and queers: Resistance and exploitation at the freak show" Monday, April 6 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Lory Student Center, Cherokee Park.

About Clare

White, disabled, and "genderqueer," Eli Clare has a B.A. in Women's Studies, a M.F.A. in Creative Writing, and most importantly, a penchant for rabble-rousing. 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. He has spoken all over the United States at conferences, community events, and colleges about disability, queer and trans-identities, and social justice.

(Bio: Eli Clare's website.)

Exploitation of those who break the gender rules

What does the history of the freak show have to teach us about resistance and exploitation, pride and shame? Clare starts with the dime museums and circus tents of a century ago and ends with the talk shows and medical amphitheaters of today as he weaves race, disability, and queerness together into stories of pride and witness.

Other events

The Marrows Telling book reading and signing
Tuesday, April 7 in LSC Virginia Dale Room 12-1 p.m.

Stories in Motion: Listening to the Marrow (a storytelling workshop)
Tuesday, April 7 Cherokee Park 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Hosted by:

Contact: Ria Vigil
Phone: (970) 491-7232