Writer Sarah Schulman discusses her controversial new publication, Conflict is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair. To be followed by a moderated conversation with anti-violence and anti-racism activist and conflict resolution expert Dana Ghazi (M.A., Conflict Resolution & Peace Studies, Portland State University).

A free, facilitated reading group on Conflict is Not Abuse will be held Wednesday, November 29, 6:00 – 7:30 PM at Third Space gallery for those interested in discussing the text in advance of the December 3 event with the author. PICA and PNCA are unable to provide copies of the book, but it is readily available online and through libraries. Contact [email protected] to RSVP for the reading group.

This event is part of a three-day series that considers the political past, present, and future of art, AIDS, social justice, and queer life, timed with World AIDS Day and Day With(out) Art, including a December 1st screening of newly commissioned films by Visual AIDS and an afternoon of back-to-back readings, panels, and screenings on December 2nd in connection with Sarah Schulman’s 2012 publication, Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination.

The three-day program is curated by PICA’s Roya Amirsoleymani (Director & Curator of Public Engagement) and Kristan Kennedy (Curator of Visual Art), in collaboration with Shawna Lipton, Chair of PNCA’s MA in Critical Studies, and presented in connection with PICA’s fall exhibitions DELTA and DOOMTOWN (curated by Kristan Kennedy) which shine new light on underground art and culture of ‘80s and ‘90s Downtown New York and its Portland parallels.

Co-presented in partnership with the Pacific Northwest College of Art’s MA in Critical Studies and MFA in Visual Studies Programs and the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College.

Supported by a grant from Oregon Humanities.