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'Conflict Is Not Abuse' Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, 7 – 9 p.m.
'Conflict Is Not Abuse'
Event typeAuthor Readings/Lectures
WhereCentral Library
Room LocationLevel 1 - Microsoft Auditorium
AudienceChildren, Teens, Adults, ESL, LEAP
LanguageEnglish
SummaryAuthor Sarah Schulman shares her recent book "Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair" in conversation with queer author/activist Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore.
Description"Conflict Is Not Abuse" is Sarah Schulman’s searing rejection of the cultural phenomena of blame, cruelty, and scapegoating. Schulman examines the moment where discomfort leads to overreaction in personal relations, in group dynamics, between governments and civilians, and between nations. She addresses police brutality, the anti-violence movement, HIV criminalization, the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and many other hot-button issues, exposing the tragic trajectory from oppressed to oppressor, in order to illuminate a path toward de-escalation of conflict. While the book starts by scrutinizing the dynamics of intimate relationships, it is ultimately about saving lives. Claudia Rankine says, “It's impossible to be invested in the world and not be invested in this groundbreaking and challenging book.”

Sarah Schulman is the author of eighteen books: the novels "The Cosmopolitans," "The Mere Future," "The Child," "Rat Bohemia," "Shimmer," "Empathy," "After Delores," "People In Trouble," "Girls Visions and Everything," and "The Sophie Horowitz Story"; the nonfiction works "Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair," "The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness To a Lost Imagination," "Israel/Palestine and the Queer International," "Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences," "Stagestruck: Theater, AIDS and the Marketing of Gay America," and "My American History: Lesbian and Gay Life During the Reagan/Bush Years"; and the plays "Mercy" and "Carson McCullers." She is co-author with Cheryl Dunye of the movies "The Owls" and "Mommy is Coming," and co-producer with Jim Hubbard of the feature "United in Anger: A History of ACT UP." She is co-director of the ACT UP Oral History Project. Her awards include the 2009 Kessler Award for "Sustained Contribution to LGBT Studies" from the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and two American Library Association Book Awards, and she was a Finalist for the Prix de Rome. She lives in New York, where she is Distinguished Professor of English at City University of New York (College of Staten Island) and a Fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU.

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is the author of a memoir and two novels, and the editor of five nonfiction anthologies. Her latest title, "The End of San Francisco," won a Lambda Literary Award, and her most recent anthology, "Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform," was an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. She recently finished a third novel, "Sketchtasy," and is the host of Contagious Exchanges: Queer Writers in Conversation, a monthly reading series at Hugo House on first Wednesdays.
View in Catalog"Conflict Is Not Abuse" by Sarah Schulman
NotesLibrary events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.
Recorded for PodcastThis event will be recorded for future podcast.
Contact Info*Central Library 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian
Room CapacitySpace is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.
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