PubliCalendar: LGBTQ Rights and Remembering MLK (and the Freedom Riders).
Today's picks for civic nerds.
Transsexuality in Iran
Professor Afsaneh Najmabadi of Harvard University will be discussing her new book, Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran.
A professor of history and women, gender, and sexuality studies, Najmabadi has been studying how Iran categorizes gender and allows spaces for alternative lifestyles (the state has "permitted and partially subsidized sex reassignment surgery" for over 30 years) while sticking to traditional and oppressive values at the same time (homosexuality is considered an unacceptable identity).
Hear Professor Najmabadi speak about sexuality and gender in Iran on the UW campus Wednesday night.
Professing Selves, Wed, Jan 15, 7pm, Smith 205, University of Washington Seattle campus, free
Honoring MLK, Jr.
The Common Good Cafe is hosting a discussion on Martin Luther King, Jr., using his speeches and writings—more radical than you might think— as a starting point
Celebrate his birthday a day late (and the federal holiday a few days early) with discussion leaders Rev. Rich Lang and Seattle Human Rights's Mary Patterson and Leno Magdaleno.
To Honor MLK is to Act for Justice, Thu, January 16, 7pm, 1415 NE 43rd St, free
Interviews with original 1961 activists, journalists covering the story, and government officials working that summer, Freedom Riders details the first ride to the south to fight segregation.
Come early to greet other film attendees and stay after for a discussion on this week's meaningful movie.
Freedom Riders, Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies, Fri, January 17, 7pm, 5019 Keystone Place N, free (donations accepted).
Advance Notice for February 5
Investing in Global Warming
We all know (and most of us acknowledge) that the earth is heating up, thanks to man-made technology, carbon emissions, and the exurbs!—and it means that our way of life is leaving the planet significantly damaged for future generations. But there's another culprit to climate change: profiteering off it.
McKenzie Funk, author of Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming, will be discussing big business's crass reaction to global warming—buying water companies, investing in storm-blocking technologies—and the profits for some that could create problems for many of us.
McKenzie Funk: Getting Rich from Climate Change, Wed, February 5, 7:30–9pm, Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5
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