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AIDS historian Sarah Schulman helps Iliff with activist applications for today

March 02, 2017

“Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair” Sarah Schulman at Iliff
March 13, 2017

Iliff School of Theology – Shattuck Hall 2323 E Iliff Ave, Denver

6 pm: Lecture – Conflict Is Not Abuse
From intimate relationships to global politics, inflated accusations of harm are used to avoid accountability. Illuminating the difference between conflict and abuse, Schulman directly addresses our contemporary culture of scapegoating. This deep, brave, and bold work reveals how punishment replaces personal and collective self-criticism and shows why difference is so often used to justify cruelty and shunning. Conflict Is Not Abuse is a searing rejection of the cultural phenomenon of blame, cruelty, and scapegoating, and how those in positions of power exacerbate and manipulate fear of the “other” to achieve their goals.

2 pm: Film – _United in Anger: A History of ACT UP _- an inspiring documentary about the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the epidemic. Utilizing oral histories of members of ACT UP, as well as rare
archival footage, Schulman and filmmaker Jim Hubbard depict the efforts of ACT UP as it battled corporate greed, social indifference, and government neglect with unparalleled success.

Q&A to follow each session

Sarah Schulman is a novelist, nonfiction writer, playwright, journalist, activist, and AIDS historian. A Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellow, Sarah is a Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island. Her books include The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination, Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences, My American History: Lesbian and Gay Life During the Reagan/Bush Years, and Israel/Palestine and the Queer International.

There is no charge for this event. Donations to the Iliff Queer Coalition gratefully accepted.

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