What Are You Abolishing?: A Conversation With Timothy DuWhite and Hari Ziyad Date: Thursday, October 19 7:30 PM, Door open for dinner 8:00PM-9:00PM, Event time Schapiro Hall Lounge 605-615 W 115th Street Columbia University ABOUT THE EVENT: Join us for a night of conversation and world creating as Timothy DuWhite and Hari Ziyad confronts us with the question, "What are you abolishing?" Watch as Timothy and Hari engage in an intimate conversation where they pose questions centered around the notion and practice of abolition to each other and the audience. They will disclose these questions to each other for the first time during the event, allowing for an organic and honest conversation. In a world rifled with anti-Blackness, white-supremacy, and queer antagonism, the question "What are you abolishing?" is as much a call to arms as it is an inquiry.
SPEAKER BIOS: Timothy DuWhite is the Program Manager at New York Writers Coalition, a non-profit dedicated to providing writing workshops to underserved communities, and much of his work is about being black, queer, HIV positive and having to either navigate or evade varying state apparatuses to remain alive. His writing has been featured at the United Nations/UNICEF, Apollo Theater, Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, La Mama Etc. and Dixon Place, and he has made appearances/ keynote speeches at San Diego State University, Columbia University, Oregon State University and Columbia College Chicago. Hari Ziyad is a Black, non-binary artist and writer whose work centers on creating through the arts alternative ways of living outside of whiteness. They received their BFA from New York University, where they concentrated on Film and Television and Psychology. Their work is informed by their passion for storytelling and wrestling with identity as a Black, non-binary child of Muslim and Hindu parents from the streets of Cleveland. Hari primarily creates art engaging with identity, race, gender and sexuality, ally politics and the arts. Their work has been featured on Gawker, Out, Ebony, Mic, The Guardian, Colorlines,Paste Magazine, Black Girl Dangerous, The Feminist Wire, and in the peer-reviewed journal Critical Ethnic Studies (upcoming 2017). They are also an assistant editor for Vinyl Poetry & Prose and contributing writer for Black Youth Project. ACCESIBILTY INFORMATION: This event is free and open to the public. The venue is physically accesible by ramp. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with accessibility questions.