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Author and Activist Dean Spade to Speak on Transgender Politics at LIU Brooklyn, Feb. 6


Alka Gupta,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Brooklyn,
Long Island University

LIU Brooklyn Dean SpadeBrooklyn, N.Y. – Transgender activist and author Dean Spade will speak at LIU Brooklyn on Wednesday, Feb. 6, on "Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law."

Presented by the campus Gender Studies Program, the event — free and open to the public – will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Spike Lee Screening Room (LLC 122).

An attorney and educator, Spade wrote "Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law," a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Spade is an assistant professor at Seattle University School of Law and a fellow in the "Engaging Tradition" project at Columbia Law School. In 2002, he founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a non-profit law collective that provides free legal services to transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming people who are low-income and/or people of color.

"Dean Spade is doing some of the most important transgender theory and activism today," said LIU Brooklyn English professor Michael Bennett.

Spade will present selections from his book, in which he uses Critical Race Theory, women of color feminism and other intellectual traditions to analyze the role of law reform in contemporary gay and trans politics. He examines the poverty, violence, criminalization and immigration enforcement facing trans populations, and questions the utility of anti-discrimination law and hate crime laws for addressing these harms. He says a critical trans politics is emerging, one that rejects law reform as a goal and engages tactically with legal work as it attempts to dismantle apparatuses of racial and gender violence.

For more information, contact professor Michael Bennett at (718) 488-4039.

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Posted 01/25/2013

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