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Book Club Tue Jan 31 2012

Raising Awareness and Celebrating Expression this Thursday

Though powerfully transporting, reading can also be a grounding force, pivoting us to attention. Two events Thursday, Feb. 2, are prime examples of those that demand we pay notice where it's due. First, check out the Hidden Expressions release party, at the Jane Adams Hull-House Museum. The Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois is responsible for this new zine, focused on publishing the work of incarcerated transgendered people. The multimedia project includes written work, as well as visual art. The group, which consists of lawyers, social workers and community driven activists, works to promote community driven alternatives to what it describe as "punishment based institutions," that perpetuate institutionalized racism and contribute to oppression of specific groups. The notion that we're no longer living in a race-based society garners deserved opposition from the Law Project. Hop on the Blue Line from here and head to another eye opening event:

With a similar interest in drawing attention to institutionalized forms of racism that often go unacknowledged, Northwestern Law Professor Dorothy Roberts will speak on her book Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century, this Thursday at Revolution Books. Beginning at 6:30, Roberts will address the notion that seeking genetic distinctions on the molecular level is creating a science founded on race that legitimizes institutional violence against minority communities.

Stop by the Hidden Expressions release party from 5pm to 8pm at the Jane Adams Hull House Museum, and then head to Revolution Books at 1103 N. Ashland Ave. to catch Roberts' discussion.

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