Brenda Shaughnessy and the FANG Collective to Speak at Williams College on Climate Change

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., February 21, 2020—Brenda Shaughnessy, associate professor of English at Rutgers University, and the FANG Collective will discuss their approaches to ecological destruction and the future of climate justice in a talk at Williams College. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in Griffin Hall , room 3. The presentation will be followed by a book signing.

Brenda Shaughnessy is a former Guggenheim Fellow and author of five books. Her most recent book, The Octopus Museum (Knopf, 2019), is a collection of feminist poems imagining what comes after our current age of environmental destruction, racism, sexism, and divisive politics.

The FANG Collective was founded in 2013 and leads direct action campaigns for environmental justice, working across issues and in collaboration with racial, gender, and economic justice movements. With members across New England, FANG is currently leading a number of campaigns to fight construction of fossil fuel production facilities and oil pipelines.

The talks are part of The Brew & Forge Lecture Series, which puts poets and political organizers in conversation to exchange perspectives from their various fields on an urgent social issue. The two speakers present on their work, followed by a panel in which they discuss the intersecting roles of activism and the arts in envisioning the future of social justice movements.

This event is presented by the English department, with co-sponsors including the Lecture Committee, the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies, the Department of American Studies, the Zilkha Center, the Center for Environmental Studies, and the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.


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