TOMORROW! Feminist Lecture Series Speaker Announced

Women’s & Gender Studies is honored to announce Dean Spade as this year’s Feminist Lecture Series Speaker.

Dean Spade (he/him) is a Professor at Seattle University School of Law.  Dean has been working in movements for queer and trans liberation and racial and economic justice for the past two decades.  He is the author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law, the director of the documentary, “Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back!” and the creator of the mutual aid toolkit at  His latest book, Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the next), was published in 2020 and is soon to be published in Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Korean, Portuguese, Thai, Czech, and German.

Here are some quotes from Dean’s work to pique your interest in his presentation:

“We should understand that in the context of the US, where our legal system is based in settler colonialism, capitalism and white supremacy, changing laws will never sufficiently change the conditions of harm and violence our movements seek to transform.”
~ Dean Spade

“Elite solutions to poverty are always about managing poor people and never about redistributing wealth.”
~ Dean Spade

“When we feel bad, we often automatically decide that either we are bad or another person is bad. Both of these moves cause damage and distort the truth, which is that we are all navigating difficult conditions the best we can, and we all have a lot to learn and unlearn.”
~ Dean Spade

“The point for me is to create relationships based on deeper and more real notions of trust. So that love becomes defined not by sexual exclusivity, but by actual respect, concern, commitment to act with kind intentions, accountability for our actions, and a desire for mutual growth.”
~ Dean Spade

You can participate in this virtual event hosted on Zoom on Friday, February 25, 2022 from 3 to 5 pm.  Advanced registration is required.


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