Visiting Artists & Scholars: adrienne maree brown

Friday, April 2, 2021 | noon–1 p.m.

United States

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Visiting Artists & Scholars: adrienne maree brown
Free and open to the public
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Writer and activist adrienne maree brown takes the virtual stage at CCAD as part of its Visiting Artists & Scholars Series. brown is the author of Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, and the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. She is the cohost of the podcasts How to Survive the End of the World and Octavia’s Parables. brown is rooted in Detroit.

Her most recent work, We Will Not Cancel Us, was published in November 2020 and examines cancel culture, also known as call-out culture, which originated as a way for marginalized and disempowered people to address harm and take down powerful abusers, often with the help of social media, and is now seen by some as having gone too far. brown explores the topic from a Black, queer, and feminist viewpoint, and asks, "What is 'too far' when you’re talking about imbalances of power and patterns of harm? And what happens when people in social movements direct our righteous anger inward at one another? How well does this practice serve us? Does it prefigure the sort of world we want to live in? And, if it doesn’t, how do we seek accountability and redress for harm in ways that reflect our values?"

During her talk with the CCAD community brown will ask, “How do we change together? How do we honor the potential for change in each other? How do we shake off the systems that harm us, even when they are within? And how do we hold each other through collective change?” Simultaneously, Tiaré Lani Jung will be doing a live graphic recording of brown’s talk that attendees will be able to view. Attendance is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. A recording of the event will be shared on Virtual CCAD following the event. To learn more about brown, visit

Photo: Anjali Pinto