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Author Eli Clare Brings Perspectives on Diversity to UCM

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 20, 2009) – Author and activist Eli Clare will visit UCM Oct. 27-28, encouraging audiences to take a closer look at the ways gender, disability, class, sexuality and race are intertwined in our lives.

Clare will conduct a workshop at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27 in Elliott Union 304/306. Titled “Stories in Motion: Listen to the Marrow,” the workshop will explore the stories we tell about our embodied experiences of who we are and will delve into the ways our stories not only repeat, but also contradict each other. Participants will join Clare in exploring how stories can change over time and the power of telling multiple stories.

Clare also will lecture on “Gaping, Gawking, Staring: Living in Marked Bodies” at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in Twomey Auditorium, Wood 100. Through words and images, Clare will explore the internal experiences of living in marked bodies and the external meanings of oppression and bodily differences.

Clare earned a bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing.  His presentations at UCM are co-sponsored by S.A.G.E.: Students Advocating Gender Equality; The UCM Office of Diversity; the UCM Center for Women’s and Gender Studies; the UCM Office of Violence and Substance Abuse Prevention; the Department of Sociology and Social Work; Spotlight; and the UCM Office of Accessibility Services.

For more information, contact Marie Weichold at or 660-543-4832.