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An Evening with Robyn Maynard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

December 8, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


An Evening with Robyn Maynard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Hosted by Naomi Murakawa.

With a foreword by Ruth Wilson Gilmore and an afterword by Robin D. G. Kelly, Rehearsals for Living is a revelatory book of letters exchanged between Maynard and Simpson.

When much of the world entered pandemic lockdown in spring 2020, Robyn Maynard, influential author of Policing Black Lives, and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, award-winning author of several books, including the recent novel Noopiming, began writing each other letters—a gesture sparked by friendship and solidarity, and by a desire for kinship and connection in a world shattering under the intersecting crises of pandemic, police killings, and climate catastrophe. Their letters soon grew into a powerful exchange on the subject of where we go from here.

Rehearsals is a captivating book, part debate, part dialogue, part lively and detailed familial correspondence between two razor-sharp writers convening on what it means to get free as the world spins into some new orbit. In a genre-defying exchange, the authors collectively envision the possibilities for more liberatory futures during a historic year of Indigenous land defense, prison strikes, and global-Black-led rebellions against policing. By articulating to each other Black and Indigenous perspectives on our unprecedented here and now, and the long-disavowed histories of slavery and colonization that have brought us to this moment in the first place, Maynard and Simpson create something new: a vital demand for a different way forward, and a poetic call to dream up new ways of ordering earthly life.



December 8, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Department of African American Studies, Princeton University
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