The Erotic Life of Racism by Sharon Patricia Holland

A semester-long discussion facilitated by Dr. Cheryl Boudreaux.

Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of the Law by Dean Spade

An eight-week-long discussion facilitated by Dr. Laurel Westbrook.

The Erotic Life of Racism by Sharon Patricia Holland

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Cheryl Boudreaux

Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the LGBT Resource Center

This semester-long book discussion begins September 5, 2013.

FREE Book to the first 10 people on September 5.

Editor's Note about The Erotic Life of Racism:

A major intervention in the fields of critical race theory, black feminism, and queer theory, The Erotic Life of Racism contends that theoretical and political analyses of race have largely failed to understand and describe the profound ordinariness of racism and the ways that it operates as a quotidian practice. If racism has an everyday life, how does it remain so powerful and yet mask its vey presence? To answer this question, Sharon Patricia Holland moves into the territory of the erotic, understanding racism's practice as constitutive to the practice of racial being and erotic choice.

Reemphasizing the black/white binary, Holland reinvigorates critical engagement with race and racism. She argues that only by bringing critical race theory, queer theory, and black feminist thought into conversation with each other can we fully envision the relationship between racism and the personal and political dimensions of our desire. The Erotic Life of Racism provocatively redirects our attention to a desire no longer independent of racism but rather embedded within it.

Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of the Law by Dean Spade

Discussion facilitated by Dr. Laurel Westbrook

Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the LGBT Resource Center

This consecutive* eight-week book discussion begins September 5, 2013.

*There will be no book discussion October 10, 2013.

FREE Book to the first 10 people on September 5.

Editor's Note about Normal Life Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of the Law :

Setting forth a politic that goes beyond the quest for mere legal inclusion, Normal Life is an urgent call for justice and trans liberation, and the radical transformations it will require.

Waitwhat's wrong with rights? Much of the legal advocacy for trans and gender nonconforming people in the US has reflected the civil rights and "equality" strategies of mainstream gay and lesbian organizationsagitating for legal reforms that would ostensibly guarantee equal access, nondiscrimination, and equal protection under the law. This approach assumes that the state and its legal, policing, and social services apparatuseven its policies and documents of belonging and non-belongingare neutral and benevolent. While we all have to comply with the gender binaries set forth by regulatory bodies of law and administration, many trans people, especially the most marginalized, are even more at risk for poverty, violence, and premature death by virtue of those same "neutral" legal structures.

Normal Life Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of the Law raises revelatory critiques of the current strategies pivoting solely on legal rights framework, but also points to examples of an organized grassroots trans movement that is demanding essential legal reforms while making more comprehensive interventions into dangerous systems of repressionand the administrative violence that ultimately determines our life chances.