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Poetry / Performance / Discussion
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In the Name of the People: Reading Global Populism
“In the Name of the People” is the first book by LIAISONS, a collective of authors from America, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Quebec, Russia, Spain, and Ukraine. The book is an analysis and reflection on the global populist surge, written from our experiences within the localities we inhabit. The upheaval and polarizations caused by populist movements around the world indicates above all the urgency to develop global revolutionary perspectives, and to make the necessary
connections to understand and act in the present.
CODY ST. CLAIR is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at Indiana University. Their presentation focuses on contemporary housing struggles. Since the 2008 financial crisis, an eviction epidemic has ravaged working and underemployed communities. As the courts prioritize private property rights over living rights and as the privatization of the commons appears limitless, the Left must find traces of the commons—spaces of collectivizing, revolutionary potential—within private, privatized locales. Turning to the 1930s history of spontaneous eviction protests, this talk advocates for a politics that regards all housing—all private, domestic spaces—as publicly and collectively constituted. This history of insurgency against eviction exhorts the current Left to see housing as part of the common, as a fundamentally public concern, and to recognize eviction as a form of violence against the public common.
JANAN ALEXANDRA is a Lebanese-American poet and first-year MFA candidate at Indiana University. She was born in Nicosia, Cyprus and now lives in Bloomington by way of Baltimore, Los Angeles, and Portland, Maine. Her writing is informed by a determined belief in the radical and liberatory work of paying attention—through language & rigorous imagination. Janan is interested in the ways that our linguistic choices are overlaid with geography, ecology, trauma, legacies of colonialism, war and exile. For the last three years she has taught poetry and creative writing to youth, and before that she helped to run the Smith College Poetry Center. She has a BA in African-American Studies and Poetry from Smith College and has published poems in the Adroit Journal and Rusted Radishes, a literary journal coming out of Beirut, Lebanon. Janan believes in the truth-telling power of poems and is keen to disrupt linear narratives, create new language, and make art under capitalism.
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