This year’s salon focuses on a new memoir by writer Janet Mock, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, which relates the author’s experience as a young trans woman of color working in mainstream media. In 2012, Mock, who served as a staff editor for People.com for five years, launched the social media project #GirlsLikeUs which aims to raise the visibility of trans women. She currently travels the country speaking about her experience of living at the intersections of identities. The evening begins with a reading by the author, followed by a discussion with scholars, activists, and writers whose work is engaged in the history of media and literary representations of women of color in the U.S., the importance of storytelling in social movements, trans women’s activism, and the role of community and personal relationships in establishing resilience to hostile environments.
For more information, visit bcrw.barnard.edu/event/redefining-realness-a-salon-in-honor-of-janet-mock or call 212.854.2067.