Keynote

The Keynote Speaker for Disorientation for both OPIRG-Toronto and OPIRG-York is Sarah Schulman.
Organized by OPIRG-Toronto, OPIRG-York and the Centre for Women and Trans People at York University.

Thursday September 26th

2:00-4:00 PM: WORKSHOP AT OPIRG-York
Exploring Contradictions in Organizing: A workshop with Sarah Schulman 
Facilitated by: Sarah Schulman and Students Against Israeli Apartheid
Room 430, Student Centre Building, York University
4700 Keele Street

The role of North Americans in funding and legitimizing the Israeli occupation of Palestinians is one of the great moral issues of our time. A blossoming student movement is growing rapidly, and requires a lot of conversation and communication of political, emotional and ethical issues. Join us for an open conversation with Sarah Schulman where we can calmly and honestly address the questions that come up in anti-Occupation and queer organizing. Sarah Schulman, [alongside SAIA @ York,] will share their personal journeys to activism through their pursuit of the Israel/ Palestine question and work with participants to hone arguments and explore contradictions.

7:00-9:00- KEYNOTE
How Change Is Made: A keynote with Sarah Schulman
Health Sciences Building, Room 610
155 College Street
Closest Accessible subway station: Queen’s Park
*ASL Interpretation Provided*

An author of sixteen books, a playwright and a long-time activist, Sarah Schulman will weave through her own stories of resistance and her experiences in organizing spaces in the past 35 years. From her time with the Lesbian Avengers to her work with the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT-UP), from the founding of Housing Works to her more recent outspoken criticism of the Occupation of Palestine, her talk will center around discussion of her own work in building inclusive, sustainable movements, including combating sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression in her organizing work. How do we learn from the past and use activist histories to develop future struggles? Join us at Disorientation Week 2013 to explore combating the multitude of oppressions that play out in our movements and in our lives, and sharing stories for movement and community building.

BIO: Sarah Schulman

Sarah Schulman is an author, activist and mother. She has written 16 books, both fiction and non-fiction, and two plays. With over 30 years of organizing experience, she was involved in pro-choice organizing as a student in Chicago, was a founder of the Lesbian Avengers, a direct action queer women’s group that started the dyke march in New York, and was an early organizer with ACT-UP New York, which fought for access to medication in the early years of the AIDS epidemic. In 2010, she was asked to speak at Tel Aviv University and declined the invitation, in response to a call to Boycott academic institutions situated on stolen Palestinian land. She instead went on a solidarity visit to speak with queer Palestinian organizations in Tel Aviv, Ramallah & Haifa, and then organized a 6 city tour for speakers from LGBT Palestinian organizations in the U.S.  Sarah is currently working on the ACT-UP Oral History Project, and recently released the documentary United In Anger: The History of ACT-UP, with fellow filmmaker Jim Hubbard.  

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