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Poetry, Activism, & Ecological Futures: Brenda Shaughnessy + The FANG Collective (2/25)

Tue, February 25th, 2020
4:00 pm
- 6:00 pm

The Brew & Forge Lecture Series puts poets and political organizers in conversation to exchange perspectives from their various fields on an urgent social issue. The two speakers present on their work, followed by a panel in which they discuss the intersecting roles of activism and the arts in envisioning the future of social justice movements. The following day, each visitor teaches a workshop, designed to help students put concepts from their joint presentation into practice.

 

The Spring 2020 BFLS will bring in two speakers to discuss approaches to ecological destruction and the future of climate justice.

Brenda Shaughnessy is a former Guggenheim Fellow, the author of five books, and an associate professor of English at Rutgers University, Newark. Her most recent book, The Octopus Museum (Knopf 2019) is a collection of feminist poems imagining what comes after our current age of environmental destruction, racism, sexism, and divisive politics.

Founded in 2013, the FANG Collective leads direct action campaigns for environmental justice, working across issues and in collaboration with racial, gender, and economic justice movements. With members across New England, FANG is currently leading a number of campaigns to fight construction of fossil fuel production facilities and oil pipelines.

 

Schedule of Events:

Tuesday, Feb 25
4pm, Griffin 3
Reading, presentation, and conversation
Book signing to follow

 

Wednesday, Feb 26
Workshops
11:30 am: FANG Collective
1:10 pm: Brenda Shaughnessy
Stetson Mabie Room

 

This event is presented by the English Department, with co-sponsors including the Lecture Committee and the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies.

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