part of portrait of Eli by Riva Lehrer

Multi-Media Talks

Frequently requested, these talks work well for large public events aimed at educating, challenging, and empowering an audience.

Gawking, Gaping, Staring: Living in Marked Bodies //
Listening to the Freaks: A History of Circus Tents & Everyday Gawking //
Yearning Towards Carrie Buck //
Climbing the Mountain: Super Crips & Poster Children //


Delivered in many different settings over the last decade (see a partial listing of previous engagements or download Eli's CV as a PDF).

Suitable for conferences, classrooms, and public presentations.

Can be tailored to a general audience or a specific group with more advanced knowledge of disability, LGBT issues, and/or social justice from an intersectional perspective

Designed to range from 1 to 2 hours.

Eli is happy to discuss other possibilities to meet your needs.


Gawking, Gaping, Staring: Living in Marked Bodies


Description:

Disabled people, trans people, fat people, and people of color all know what it's like to be stared at. Through words and images, Eli explores the internal experiences of living in marked bodies and the external meanings of oppression and bodily difference.

Format:
This multi-media talk can be delivered as a lecture, an interactive presentation, or a workshop.

Length:
1-2 hours

Recording:
Chicago Public Radio recorded this presentation when Eli gave it at Access Living in October, 2008. Listen to "Gawking, Gaping, Staring" on the web.



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Listening to the Freaks:
A History of Circus Tents & Everyday Gawking


Description:

What does the history of the freak show have to teach us about bodily difference and oppression, resistance and exploitation? Join Eli as he explores the connections between the circus tents of a century ago and the everyday gawking of today. Through storytelling, images, and analysis, he weaves race, disability, imperialism, and queerness together into narratives of pride and witness.

Format:
Lecture or classroom presentation

Length:
50-90 minutes



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Yearning Towards Carrie Buck


Description:

The infamous Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell, which declared involuntary sterilization laws constitutional in 1927, was built upon the body of Carrie Buck, a poor white woman from Virginia. Using history, poetry, images, and imagination, Eli Clare explores how disability, class, gender, and whiteness often collide and asks questions about the relationship between bodies on one hand and law, history, and metaphor on the other.

Format:
Lecture or classroom presentation

Length:
60 minutes



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Climbing the Mountain: Super Crips & Poster Children


Description:
Weaving together storytelling and analysis of disability oppression, Eli unpacks the lies and stereotypes the underlie the images of disabled people as either heroic or tragic.

Format:
Lecture or classroom presentation

Length:
60-75 minutes



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