This Tuesday: Eli Clare at Smith College

An Evening With Eli Clare
Tuesday, March 22nd, 7-9pm Stoddard Auditorium, Smith College
Join queer disabled writer and activist Eli Clare for an exploration of cure and a reading from his newest unpublished book.

Join queer disabled writer and activist Eli Clare for an exploration of cure and a reading from his newest unpublished book.

Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure

Using memoir, history, and critical analysis, Eli uncovers how cure as an ideology serves many purposes. It saves lives, manipulates lives, prioritizes lives, makes profits, justifies violence, and promises resolution to body and mind losses. He grapples with this knot of contradictions, maintaining that neither an anti-cure politics nor a pro-cure worldview can account for the messy, complex relationships we have with our bodies and minds. He tells stories and histories from disability communities, people of color communities, fat activist communities, and queer and transgender communities, always drawing upon an intersectional analysis of race, disability, sexuality, class, and gender.

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This event is wheelchair accessible. If you need other accommodations to access this program including ASL interpretting please email Emma Cornwell at ODS@smith.edu.

Re: last class & positive media representation

Last class, we discussed what positive media representation could look like. Specifically, we wanted to find media that challenged the notion that disability is a negative thing, and decided that Jane the Virgin did not do this successfully.

I found this viral video of a parent of a child with down syndrome saying, “Down syndrome is one of the most beautiful things to happen to my life. [Down syndrome] isĀ fun. It’s brilliant. It’s amazing. It’s funny. It’s kind. It’s loving. It’s cuddly.”

But then he goes on to say, “It’s not an illness… not even a disability.”

And so, the search continues…