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Roxane Gay, April 13, 2017, December 13, 2019

 File — Box: 10, Item: DVD 11-6-1392-116-BD
Identifier: I

Scope and Contents

Contains digital video of writer, professor, editor, and commentator Roxane Gay’s April 13, 2017 appearance in Alumni Arena for the 2016-2017 Distinguished Speakers Series.

Begins with an introduction from Graduate Student Association president Tanja Aho (0:00). Gay’s talk (4:07) includes readings of “Typical First-Year Professor” from her book of essays, Bad Feminist (5:06), “Open Marriage” from her collection of short stories, Difficult Women (13:46), and an essay about America’s political climate (18:22). A discussion with author and UB professor of creative writing Nnedi Okorafor, in which Gay answers pre-selected questions as well as real-time questions from the audience, including: How do you justify enjoying misogynist music? How does a feminist enjoy rap music? (36:01); In your career, how do you find yourself resisting professional feminism? (40:04); What is your take on Seema Nanda Adichie’s view on trans women’s perceived privilege? (41:30); How has your life as a university professor changed since becoming a New York Times bestseller? (44:23); How do we support survivors of sexual assault when they are often stigmatized for their experience and are paralyzed by speaking out? What are the steps we need to take to move past rape culture? (47:48); What place do speculative fiction and the mystical have in your work and worldview? (50:36); How do you think the women’s marches would have looked if they were organized only by women of color? (52:07); What advice would you give young women of color growing up in these times? (54:45); What role do you think rage plays for women? (55:35); Would you say there’s a value or limit to indulging angst when trying to communicate your experience? (57:48); How did you get into writing? Do you think being a writer has an effect on how you see the world? (59:25); How do you deal with violent online videos? (1:00:54); How is your work received in Haiti? (1:02:32); How did you learn to accept and embrace yourself and your imperfections to find your own happiness? (1:03:39); What would fat activism look like if it were more inclusive, and do you think fat activism is worthwhile? (1:05:07); Do you have advice for women who are picky or exclusive about their activism? (1:07:48); Do you have a favorite or most influential author? (1:10:01); How do you think the current political climate will affect your work? (1:12:45); Do you think you’ll ever write a science fiction novel? (1:13:52).


  • April 13, 2017
  • Migrated: December 13, 2019


Conditions Governing Access

The recording of the Distinguished Speaker Series event with Roxane Gay, April 13, 2017 may only be accessed onsite within the library at this time.


0.340 Gigabytes (1 file (1:16:07 hours))

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DVD 11-6-1392-116-BD

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