part of portrait of Eli by Riva Lehrer

A Guide for Bringing Eli
to Your Campus, Conference, or Community

Planning to host Eli? Here's information to help you plan his visit.

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A typical campus visit for Eli includes three or four of the following components. For details about each option, see What Eli Offers.

1) An evening public lecture/presentation. Three popular options are:
Gawking, Gaping, Staring: Living in Marked Bodies
Listening to the Freaks: A History of Circus Tents and Everyday Gawking
Yearning Toward Carrie Buck
Further options include any of the lectures and keynotes Eli has given in the past.

2) A training or workshop. Options include:
Moving Beyond Pity and Inspiration: Disability as an Issue of Social Justice (a training suitable for many campus audiences, including student affairs and diversity-focused staff)
At the Intersection of Disability and Queerness
Digging Deep: Thinking about Privilege (a workshop)
For other options, see the full listing of Eli's regularly presented trainings and workshops.

3) A reading from one of Eli’s books:
Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure (essays)
The Marrow's Telling: Words in Motion (poetry)
Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation (essays)

4) A classroom visit/presentation for a class that is either reading one of Eli's books or is interested in his work.

5) Lunch or dinner with interested students, staff, and/or faculty. This could include facilitated discussion on a range of topics, such as:
coalition building/multi-issue activism
queer disability issues and experiences
politics of access across identity categories
integrating disability studies into the curriculum

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To schedule an event(s) with Eli or ask him about his availability, contact him at eli (at) eliclare (dot) com or through his Contact page.


Eli travels from Burlington, VT (BTV) by train when possible.


Eli is happy to consider community housing as a lodging option. For community housing to work, he needs a separate room, a bed, and relative quiet. When staying at a hotel, he is happier in a Motel 6 than a Hilton.


Eli is a vegan.


Eli asks for the following:
Honorarium: Contact Eli at eli (at) eliclare (dot) com or through his Contact page for a specific amount based upon your particular needs/requests.

Eli never wants money to be a barrier and is glad to negotiate. Often he is brought to campuses and conferences through wide co-sponsorship with all the offices, departments, and student groups concerned with gender, sexuality, race, disability, social justice, and diversity. There's often significant interest from Student Life, Social Work, Education, Queer/Trans Studies, Disability Studies, Women and Gender Studies, and English (particularly Creative Writing).

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