Special Incite: Sarah Schulman

The Vancouver Writers Fest in partnership with the SFU Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies and Arsenal Pulp Press present: 

Sarah Schulman
in conversation with Douglas Todd

  • Thursday, January 19, 2017
  • 7:30pm
  • CBC Studio 700 - 700 Hamilton Street
  • FREE



Novelist, essayist, playwright and distinguished scholar Sarah Schulman offers an eye-opening and original perspective on the cultural phenomenon of blame and scapegoating, as explored in her acclaimed work, Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair

Schulman asks us to think critically about our proclivity for choosing blame over personal accountability. From intimate relationships to police violence to geo-political conflicts, Schulman argues, our tendency to blame those who are different from us rather than reflect on our own actions results in injustice, exclusion, dehumanization, and restricts our ability to be compassionate.  Poet Claudia Rankine wrote, “It’s impossible to be invested in the world and not be invested in this groundbreaking and challenging book.”

As we reflect back on 2016, and try to dream a better future for future generations, Schulman’s book should be required reading. 

About the Author: 

SARAH SCHULMAN is a fiction writer, essayist, and playwright, and the author of eighteen books, including the novels The Cosmopolitans, Rat Bohemia, and Empathy, and the non-fiction books The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination and Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences. Her latest non-fiction book is Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair. Her many honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship (Playwriting), a Fulbright Fellowship (Judaic Studies), and the Kessler Award for Lifetime Contribution to LGBT Studies. She is a Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the City University of New York College of Staten Island.