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Transfeminist Insights on Interpersonal Violence and Community

Thursday, April 22nd, 10:30 – 12:00, SMU Multicultural Center:

Diana Courvant: "Transfeminist Insights on Interpersonal Violence and Community"

Diana Courvant will discuss the emergence of the field of transfeminism and the insights illuminated by applying this analysis to the topic of interpersonal violence. Specifically, what is the role of oppression within violent relationships?  Is it fair to say sexism “causes” interpersonal violence, or is another framing more accurate and/or useful? How does interpersonal violence differently affect those members of marginalized communities who rely on those communities for survival?  How can re-imagining theories of interpersonal violence create a more effective, survivor focused, community response to violence? 

Speaker bio:
 Diana Courvant Graham is an award winning activist, educator, author and public speaker. She has received honors from or has been named to positions of distinction by organizations as diverse as the U.S. Department of Justice, the Gill Foundation and National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, JustOut magazine, Lambda Literary Awards, and the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies. Her work includes the first ever study of interpersonal violence in trans communities and has been published in textbooks, scientific journals, and professional journals including the Journal of Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Identity and Voice: the Journal of the Battered Women's Movement. Popular work has been published by several feminist book imprints while her lecture invitations have taken her from British Columbia to Vermont and from Florida to California. Her work has repeatedly broken new ground, resulting in keynotes at the first global conference on queerness and disability, a conference on innovating an anti-interpersonal violence movement that can practice harm reduction without undermining efforts to end violence, and an international conference on creating solutions when rights appear to conflict. It has been her privilege to work with a large number of canny and dedicated activists, many of which have influenced or informed her own work. Her successes have led Suzanne Pharr to refer to her groundbreaking as "the best political work I have seen in [years]," but Diana was even happier to read a friend describe her as "a major hell-raiser and charming dinner companion."

Co-Sponsored By:  Women, Gender & Sexualities Studies, Queer Resource Center and Women’s Resource Center.  This is part of the PSU Women Gender and Sexuality Studies 2010 Lecture Series: Sex, Gender and Queer Identity