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Gabby Rivera: Inspiring Radical Creativity: Empowering Young, Diverse Voices to Tell Their Own Stories

Monday, September 24, 2018,
  • Location: Sarrat Student Center - Cinema

GABBY RIVEA, AUTHOR OF THE NEW MARVEL COMIC SERIES AMERICA AND JULIET TAKES A BREATH

Inspiring Radical Creativity: Empowering Young, Diverse Voices to Tell Their Own Stories

To Gabby Rivera, it’s vital to encourage people of all backgrounds to create, daydream, and tell their own stories—and in so doing, open a radical space for creativity. Now, in this affecting talk, Rivera unpacks how she navigates the world as a queer, Latinx, millennial woman; how she incorporates her heritage into her writing; how she strives to be a thoughtful ally for others, and how she celebrates the healing power of community. This is a talk about privilege and power, and what we can do to support the ideas of diverse artists working with progressive politics. It asks difficult questions: What if this country made everyone—people of all colors, cultures, orientations, abilities, and genders—feel at home? What if the traumas experienced by marginalized peoples could be reconciled and incorporated into a broader, richer definition of America? What if our non-white ancestors weren’t erased, but represented in pop culture, in our textbooks and classrooms? And what if we could privilege difference as a site of wonder, laughter and celebration, and not as something to fear? With Rivera’s smart, funny talks, we can start imagining these worlds as our reality.

Book signing immediately following discussion and Q&A.

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