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Are We the 99%?: A Conversation with Heather Hurwitz and Dianna Taylor

Heather Hurwitz, author of Are We the 99%?: The Occupy Movement, Feminism and Intersectionality will be in conversation with Dianna Taylor on Wednesday, April 28th at 7 p.m. This is a virtual event.

The protestors that comprised the Occupy Wall Street movement came from diverse backgrounds. But how were these activists--who sought radical social change through many ideologies--able to break down oppressions and obstacles within the movement? And in what ways did the movement perpetuate status-quo structures of inequality?

Are We the 99%? is the first comprehensive feminist and intersectional analysis of the Occupy movement. Heather McKee Hurwitz considers how women, people of color, and genderqueer activists struggled to be heard and understood. Despite cries of "We are the 99%," signaling solidarity, certain groups were unwelcome or unable to participate. Moreover, problems with racism, sexism, and discrimination due to sexuality and class persisted within the movement.

Using immersive first-hand accounts of activists' experiences, online communications, and media coverage of the movement, Hurwitz reveals lessons gleaned from the conflicts within the Occupy movement. She compares her findings to those of other contemporary protest movements--nationally and globally--so that future movements can avoid infighting and deploy an "intersectional imperative" to embrace both diversity and inclusivity.

Heather McKee Hurwitz is a Lecturer of Sociology and feminist scholar at Case Western Reserve University and a Visiting Researcher at the Cleveland Clinic. For nearly 20 years, she has been participating in and studying a variety of social movements in the US and Global South, including feminist, anti-war, student, environmental and Occupy movements. She analyzes contemporary urban protests, social movements, health disparities, and patients’ experiences using a feminist and intersectional lens. With a grant from CWRU's Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship, Hurwitz developed a digital Occupy Archive of the data that informed the book - the flyers, posters, newspapers, postcards, and more movement ephemera, which is freely available to the public online.

Dianna Taylor is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is author of Sexual Violence and Humiliation: A Foucauldian-Feminist Perspective (Routledge, 2020) editor of Michel Foucault: Key Concepts (Acumen, 2010), and co-editor of Feminism and the Final Foucault (University of Illinois, 2004) and Feminist Politics: Identity, Difference, Agency (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007). Her current research analyzes rage and counter-violence as feminist resources for resisting and preventing sexual violence.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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