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A Social Justice Advocate’s Perspective on Call Out Culture, Identity Politics, and Political Correctness – Julia Serano
March 22 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm| Free
Minsky Recital Hall, University of Maine, March 22, 2018, 5:00-7:00 pm
Julia Serano, author of Whipping Girl, will offer this public talk and a poetry workshop (Coe Room, Memorial Union, 1:30 pm on March 22). This event is co-sponsored by Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies, the Division of Student Life, and a grant from the Dr. Anne Margaret Johnstone Lecture Fund.
Over the last century, social justice activism has played a crucial role in challenging prejudice and promoting equity for women, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, and other marginalized groups. While most of us profess support for these past accomplishments, we may nevertheless resist newer expressions of social justice activism, or dismiss them as examples of “call-out culture,” “identity politics,” or “political correctness” run amok. In this talk, author and activist Julia Serano addresses this discrepancy. Julia has written (particularly in her books Excluded and Outspoken) about how social justice movements sometimes become too exclusive, inflexible, or counterproductive – tendencies that likely contribute to resistance toward contemporary activism, and for which Julia has suggested potential remedies. Julia also demonstrates how the general public’s lack of awareness about how prejudice and discrimination actually work, and how activists can effectively counter them, is a major factor driving this resistance. Striving to generate more light than heat, and to remain accessible to activists and non-activists alike, Julia will discuss the purpose of social justice activism and its limitations.
This event is free and open to the public on a a first come, first served basis.