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Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha at UW-Madison

April 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

*Free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible. Fragrance-free event. CART Captioning Provided.*

A Room of One’s Own Bookstore will be selling books at this event.

Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 1pm at the Pyle Center’s Alumni Lounge: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (http://brownstargirl.org/), a queer disabled nonbinary femme writer, performance artist, disability and transformative justice movement worker, and educator of Burgher/Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/Roma ascent. The Lambda Award winning author of Tonguebreaker, Bridge of Flowers, Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice, Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home, Bodymap, Love Cake and Consensual Genocide, with Ching-In Chen and Jai Dulani, she co-edited The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities. Beyond Survival: Stories and Strategies From the Transformative Justice Movement, co-edited with Ejeris Dixon, is forthcoming from AK Press in spring 2020. Since 2009, she has been a lead artist with the disability justice performance collective Sins Invalid. The co-founder of QTBIPOC performance collective Mangos With Chili and Toronto’s Asian Arts Freedom School, they are a VONA Fellow and hold an MFA from Mills College. She is also a rust belt poet, a Sri Lankan with a white mom, a femme over 40, a grassroots intellectual, a survivor who is hard to kill.

*Free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible. Fragrance-free event. CART Captioning Provided.*
For more information about accessibility, please contact Stephanie Rytilahti, Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium and Conference Co-Chair at srrytilahti@wisc.edu.

All campus and community members are welcome to join us for our final round of conference sessions from 2:30-3:45pm on Saturday at the Pyle Center. Topics include:
–Feminist Pedagogy and the Evolution of Feminist Thought
–Women & Wellbeing in Wisconsin & the World (4W): Making Local-to Global Connections
–Gender, Migration, Identity, and Freedom
–Interrupting Ableism: Perspectives in Disability Justice
–Queer(ing) Praxis, Expressions, and Activism
–Our Bodies, Ourselves: Beyond #MeToo
–Gender and Environmental Justice

This keynote is co-organized by UW Madison’s Gender and Women’s Studies Department MA Students, the UW System Gender and Women’s Studies Consortium, and the Mellon-Borghesi Workshop on Care: Politics, Performances, Publics, Practices.

Co-sponsors for this keynote include the UW-Madison Gender and Women’s Studies Department, Gender, Sexuality, and Campus Center, Department of English, Department of Asian American Studies, Mellon-Borghesi Workshop: “Care: Politics, Performances, Publics, Practices,” and the 4W Initative: Women & Wellbeing in Wisconsin & the World.

This keynote is part of “Resistance and Reimagination: Gender, Change, and the Arts,” a conference co-convened by 4W Initiative, Women’s, Gender, and LGBTQ Studies in Wisconsin, and UW-Madison’s Gender and Women’s Studies Graduate Students. Facebook event page for full conference here:

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Conference 2020


April 18
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm


Pyle Center
702 Langdon St
Madison, WI 53706 US
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