Award-winning writer and activist Kenyon Farrow will speak on racial inequality Thursday, Oct. 9, at 4 p.m. at the UW-Madison Multicultural Student Center (Second Floor of the Red Gym), 716 Langdon Street. He will give a second public talk in the MSC Lounge at 7 p.m.
Farrow will speak on police brutality in Ferguson and beyond in addition to the growing criminalization and institutionalization of African Americans. As he critiques our criminal justice system, Farrow will explore ways that we can intervene and resist. The discussion also will focus on Dane County and the Race to Equity Report, local statistics on racial and economic injustice and inequality in Dane County and the Greater Madison Area.
Farrow is a writer, activist, and US & Global Health Policy Director for Treatment Action Group, an independent AIDS research and think tank. A New Orleans resident, he is the former executive director of Queers for Economic Justice and currently serves on the board of Streetwise and Safe and co-editor of Letters From Young Activists: Today’s Rebels Speak Out, A New Queer Agenda (an issue of Feminist & Scholar, an online journal of the Barnard Center for Research on Women). His essays appear in many books and online news outlets, including the recent titles, We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America (PM Press 2012), and Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage (AK Press 2010).
The event is being hosted by The Institute for Justice Education & Transformation (IJET) and Crossroads (LGBTQ people of color), both programs of the UW-Madison Multicultural Student Center, and it is co-sponsored by the Multicultural Learning Community and the Working Class Student Union.