The 2021 Annual Critical Diversities Studies Forum took place this past Thursday with the theme being centered on the examination of the role of radical imagination. The special guest and keynote speaker this year was the writer and activist, adrienne maree brown. 700 people were registered to attend the event which included a wide variety of professors and students.
To continue, in conjunction with the theme of radical imagination, adrienne spoke about the ways we can not only imagine but also take action in making a society without capitalism and its damaging consequences like racial inequalities. Some notable quotes she mentioned was one by Angela Davis, ”Radical means grasping things at the root.” As a student, this quote definitely stuck as it describes how change should start from the root or in other words from the ground up. Although adrienne was only with us for a short period of time, her knowledge and wise words can still be heard through her books, podcasts, and social media presence.
Some of her books can be found here at Gleeson:
- Emergent strategy : shaping change, changing worlds
- Holding change : the way of emergent strategy facilitation and mediation
- Octavia’s Brood : Science Fiction Stories From Social Justice Movements
- Pleasure Activism : The Politics Of Feeling Good
- Undrowned : Black feminist lessons from marine mammals by Alexis Pauline Gumbs ; foreword by adrienne maree brown.
- We will not cancel us : and other dreams of transformative justice
adrienne maree brown’s Website
adrienne maree brown’s Instagram
Written by Ana Arias