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The 11th Annual @UMBC_GWST Korenman Lecture on 3/8 (#InternationalWomensDay) explore the racial realities affecting POC, women, immigrants and refugees, as well as how to maintain #equity and #inclusion, with guest speaker @dviyer. #humforum18
We have another full house for tonight’s #humforum18. @AmyBhatt is introducing the Korenman Lecture, which is named after Joan Korenman, founding director of @UMBC_GWST.
Speaker @dviyer thanks @AmyBhatt for uplifting a fellow South Asian sister! #humforum18
In honor of #InternationalWomensDay, Iyer asks for the audience to reflect on a woman who has impacted their lives #humforum18
Iyer: I am an immigrant, coming to America (Kentucky) from India at the age of 12. I often struggled with my identity, but 9/11 marked a shift in my thought process. #humforum18
Iyer: After 9/11, I went through a double mourning - for the lives lost and the communities who would be scapegoated. #humforum18
Iyer: My book, We Too Sing America, posits three forces that have come together in the decade after 9/11 to create cultural anxiety: Islamaphobia, racial anxiety, and xenophobia. #humforum18
Iyer: The most pernicious ways Islamaphobia has persisted is through the state - government policy that encourages surveillance and targeted deportation of Muslims or those who are perceived to be Muslim. #humforum18
Iyer: Racial anxiety is really just backlash to the changing demographic composition of the United States #humforum18
Iyer: Many argue that the Brown man has been the main target of Islamaphobia, but I argue that the body and safety of the woman has been at risk, as well. #humforum18
Iyer reads a passage from her book about Paramjit Kaur, one of the six victims in a racially-motivated attack on the gurdwara (Sikh Temple) in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on August 5, 2012. #humforum18
Iyer: The post-9/11 generation often self-edit themselves: should I go to my gurdwara today? Should I wear my hijab? Should I speak to my languages in our native language when out in public? #humforum18
Iyer: Things have increased since the 2016 Presidential election and the xenophobic policies of the current administration. (map courtesy of @splcenter)
Iyer: We need to move from a race-only approach to a race-plus approach. People are carrying multiple identities: Blacka and Muslim or queer and poor. #humforum18
Iyer: We need to acknowledge multi-generational trauma around race and move beyond the Black and White binary, as well as anti-Black racism. #humforum18
Iyer: We need to move from diversity and multiculturalism towards equity, inclusion, and justice. #humforum18
Iyer: I would like to invite While folks to shift from being an ally to being a co-conspirator. Increase your stake in the game. #humforum18
Iyer: How to become a disrupter or bridge-builder #humforum18
Iyer: Social movements have and should often be led by POC, women, queer people, etc. Those who have lives the experiences. #humforum18
Join us on 4/11 at 7pm in Room 132 of the @UMBC Performing Arts and Humanities Bldg for our series on gentrification in #Baltimore with @baltimoresun photojournalist Amy Davis #humforum18…
We are getting started with tonight’s event. Tweet along with #humforum18
Our director, Jessica Berman, is introducing Amy Davis, @baltimoresun photojournalist and author. You can check out her work in her book, Flickering Treasures, and online #humforum18
Davis: Flickering Treasures is an homage to my adopted hom #humforum18
Davis: This is a book about Baltimore through the prism of theaters: the social, cultural, and architectural #humforum18
Davis credits theater historian Robert K. Headley with helping her with the book. #humforum18…
The threat of closure of the Senator Theatre inspired Davis to investigate what happened to other neighborhood theatres #humforum18
At the peak of movie-going in 1916, there were 129 theaters in Baltimore. Davis focuses on 72 in her book. Only 11 have been razed. Most are still standing but unrecognizable in their current states. #humforum18
Of course Davis interviewed John Waters for the book. Waters’ favorite theatre was the Earle Theatre, which in its final years, served as an adult-movie theater #humforum18
The first films in Baltimore were shown at the Electric Park, Baltimore’s equivalent to Coney Island #humforum18
Davis: The Royal Theatre was a prominent part of the Black community along Pennsylvania Avenue. All of the theatres in the book were segregated. White patrons didn’t notice this but the Black community was acutely aware of their limited options. #humforum18
Davis: I would like for other community arts organizations to follow the lead of @creativalliance in revitalizing the neighborhood theatre and becoming anchors to the community like they were in the past. #humforum18
The Met Theatre in the Penn-North neighborhood was the first theatre in the city to show the first talkie - The Jazz Singer #humforum18
The Northwood Theatre was the site of an eight-year long protest, led by @MorganStateU students, against their segregation policy. #humforum18
Davis has more photos that didn’t make it into the book. You can visit her website at
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