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Ruha Benjamin & Nicole Fleetwood Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want
October 27, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Part memoir, part manifesto, Viral Justice by Dr. Ruha Benjamin is a sweeping and deeply personal exploration of how we can transform society through the choices we make every day. Vividly recounting her personal experiences and those of her family, Benjamin shows how seemingly minor decisions and habits could spread virally and have exponentially positive effects. She recounts her father’s premature death, illuminating the devastating impact of the chronic stress of racism, but she also introduces us to community organizers who are fostering mutual aid and collective healing. Through her brother’s experience with the criminal justice system, we see the trauma caused by policing practices and mass imprisonment, but we also witness family members finding strength as they come together to demand justice for their loved ones. And while her own challenges as a young mother reveal the vast inequities of our healthcare system, Benjamin also describes how the support of doulas and midwives can keep Black mothers and babies alive and well.
Ruha Benjamin is an internationally recognized writer, speaker, and professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, where she is the founding director of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab. She is the award-winning author of Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code and editor of Captivating Technology, among many other publications. Nicole Fleetwood Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU. She is a writer, curator, and art critic. Her books are Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration; On Racial Icons: Blackness and the Public Imagination; and Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness.
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