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An Evening with Shailja Patel: Asian American Internationalism for a Boiling Planet

Wednesday, February 21 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Women's Building Formal Lounge

Asian American Internationalism for a Boiling Planet

How do we bring our multiple identities to the multicrises of our time? As ethnic minorities in the U.S., how do we acknowledge both our privileges and our marginalization? What does it mean to be anti-imperialist, anti-fascist, and internationalist in our movements, from Black Lives Matter and prison abolition to queer liberation? What are we actually calling for when we talk about land back and decolonization? What does a liveable, shareable world look like? And how do we get there?

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Shailja Patel (she/her) is the author of Migritude, which was a #1 Amazon poetry bestseller, Seattle Times bestseller, and shortlisted for Italy's Camaiore Prize. Taught in over 200 colleges and universities worldwide, Migritude is based on Patel's highly-acclaimed one-woman theatre show, which generated standing ovations on four continents. Patel's poems have been translated into 17 languages. Her essays and commentaries appear in the Guardian, Le Monde Diplomatique, and Internazionale, among others. She has appeared on BBC, Al-Jazeera, and NPR. Honors include a Global Feminist Spotlight from the Nobel Women’s Initiative, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, a Sundance Theatre Fellowship, a MassMOCA fellowship, the Nordic Africa Institute African Writer Fellowship, the Jozi Book Fair Guest Writer Award, the Voices of Our Nations poetry award. Her work features in the Smithsonian Museum's groundbreaking Beyond Bollywood exhibition. Patel is the Public Affairs Editor for the Massachusetts Review. TwitterX: @shailjapatel This event is being supported by the American Culture Studies Program, The Performing Arts Department and The Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity.

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