I’m honored to announce I’ll be delivering the Howard R. Marsh Lecture at the University of Michigan next month.

Unfortunately my work is more timely than ever, as we’re witnessing a rapidly-accelerating crackdown on civil liberties and press freedoms under the Trump administration.

In my lecture—”From Protester to ‘Terrorist’: The Mechanisms of State Repression—I will discuss both historical and contemporary attempts to criminalize dissent, and what we can expect moving forward.

Hope to see you all there!

March 9, 2017

Reception: 4pm

Lecture: 4:30pm

Hussey Room, Michigan League

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There are few writers and advocates who have had such a profound impact on my work, both professionally and personally, as Andrew Solomon. I have drawn consistent inspiration from his ability to combine lyrical prose, a commitment to civil liberties and human rights advocacy, and a powerful, personal voice. And as I have spoken about often in my lectures, his articulation of the debilitating nature of depression has been life-changing for me and countless others.

So it is particularly meaningful to me that Solomon chose to write about my TED talk for a special series called TED’s “31 days of ideas.”

Please read and share his powerful call to action about secret prisons, below: [click to continue…]


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