Eli Clare to Speak on Living in “Marked Bodies”
February 9, 2011
Author and activist Eli Clare is coming to Mount Holyoke College to talk about the experiences of those who live in “marked bodies”undefineddisabled people, transgendered people, overweight people, and people of color.
Using words and images, Clare’s talk, “Gawking, Gaping, Staring: Living in Marked Bodies,” will explore the internal experiences of living in marked bodies and the external meanings of oppression and bodily difference. He will speak on Wednesday, February 16 at 7:30 pm in Gamble Auditorium.
Clare, who describes himself as white, disabled, and genderqueer, lives in the Green Mountains of Vermont. He speaks, teaches, and facilitates throughout the United States and Canada at conferences, community events, and colleges about disability, queer and trans identities, and social justice. 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 written a book of essays, Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation (South End Press, 1999, 2009), and a collection of poetry, The Marrow's Telling: Words in Motion (Homofactus Press, 2007), and his work has been published in many periodicals and anthologies.
This event is free, accessible, and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Dean of the College, the Dean of Students, the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts, the Department of Psychology and Education, the Inclusiveness Initiatives Fund, and Health Education.
For more information, contact Elisabeth Hogan, associate dean of students/disability services at 413-538-2550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.