public events

Jan. 10 2017: White Educators for Racial Justice @ Chapter 510 & The Dept. of Make Believe

“Throughline: No one challenged me to examine my privileges, and I didn’t need to challenge them because my privileges worked for me. (Takacs) Solidarity… is not the same thing as empathy. (hooks)
Although this group is open to educators of all identities and racial affiliations, it should be noted that considerable time will be used to address white educators’ racial literacy.
Special Guest Facilitation by Zara Zimbardo of the White Noise Collective. Learning from her work to set intentions for our work together, moving forward.”



A Muslim Walks Into a Bar…

“In today’s political and social climate, being Muslim can be a lot of things but “funny” isn’t typically thought of as one of them. Enter Zahra Noorbakhsh, feminist Muslim satirist and comedian. Zahra has been busting stereotypes and getting laughs for almost a decade now, selling out houses for her shows “All Atheists are Muslim” and “Hijab & Hammerpants.”

She takes the humorous road when it comes to countering Islamophobia. Cohost of the internationally acclaimed podcast, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim, and a contributor to the anthology, Love Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women, Zahra has stories to tell and eyebrows to raise. Listen in as she talks with Zara Zimbardo about her background, her highs and lows, and doing what she does in today’s climate of fear.”



What Can We Learn from Zombies?

“In recent years zombies and the zombie apocalypse have loomed large in the collective American imagination. From film and television, to theme parties and marathons, zombies have even been used in counter terrorism training and course curricula from elementary to college levels to teach topics from geography to public health to sociology. As recurrent monsters in the history of capitalism, with origins in New World slavery in Haiti, zombies reflect what is monstrous in an economic system “that seems designed to eat people whole” (Newitz).

As the political unconscious of late-era capitalism, what does this increasingly normalized pop culture obsession point to? What apocalyptic futures are we repeatedly rehearsing, and how do they signal both despair of, and hope for, fundamental change?

This talk examines representations of zombies in popular culture, draws out historical connections and diverse monster theories that help us see how we—in the United States in particular—are processing and making sense of systemic social and environmental horror.”


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