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Suzanne Pharr: How Racism & Homophobia Divide Us

Tuesday, 8 May 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

These are important events coming up in and around DePaul University.  If you’re concerned about your welfare and the welfare of your neighbors, then please check them out!

From the desk of Ann Russo, PhD:

Please Spread the Word! Join Us! Announce to Classes!  Help us Build an Audience for these Events!

The Teaching, Learning, and Negotiating Diversity Committee at DePaul is bringing Suzanne Pharr, author of Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism and In the Time of the Right: Reflections on Liberation, to DePaul next week — May 9 and 10 —

Wednesday, May 9, 6:00-8:00 pm (SAC 154. 2320 N. Kenmore), Public Lecture: A Wedge in the Nation: How Racism and Homophobia Divide Us.

In this talk, she will contextualize the existence and perpetuation of homophobia and racism, particularly the ways in which they have been orchestrated in the last 30-40 years to divide groups and movements.  Through this, she will also suggest ideas and strategies for educators and activists to engage in rebuilding democracy.  We hope that the audience will bring experiences, ideas, questions, and perspectives from the DePaul context to make connections and build strategies to address incidents like those of the past year or two.

Thursday, May 10, 9:30-11:30 am (Student Center, Room 314, 2250 N. Sheffield)

Workshop: Race, Class, Religion, Gender, and Sexuality: How Our Differences Can Be Used to Divide or Unite Us This workshop will focus on how to negotiate our differences in ways that allow us to come together, rather than divide us.  We hope that this session will allow activist-oriented students, staff, and faculty to strategize on ways to build alliances and connections across differences of race, sexual orientation, gender, class, religion, in order to collectively address the current climate issues at the university and the ongoing issues of hate speech and ongoing discriminatory and oppressive practices and policies.

Suzanne Pharr is an amazing activist.  She is the author of Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism and In the Time of the Right: Reflections on Liberation.  Her life’s work has been focused on building a multi-racial, multi-issued movement for social and economic justice.  She founded the Women’s Project in Arkansas in 1981, with a mission is to eliminate sexism and racism, working specifically on economics and violence, and through connecting all oppressions and oppressed groups.  From 1999-2004, she was the first woman director of the historic Highlander Research and Education Center. Its primary work for 73 years has been centered on workers’ rights, Civil Rights, environmental justice, immigrant rights, and the leadership of grassroots community people, including youth.  You can find out more about her on her website http://www.suzannepharr.org/index.htm and check out the various sections to get a sense of the breadth of her vision and work.

I would very much appreciate your assistance in spreading the word about these two events and hope you’ll join us at one or both of them.

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