January 27, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Schulman Reading from ‘Gentrification of the Mind,’ Jan. 27

The Department of Political Science presents a reading by Sarah Schulman from her latest book, The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination, on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 11 a.m. (note new time) at the Women’s Center in Baker Center 403.

The Gentrification of the Mind coverIn this gripping memoir of the AIDS years (1981–1996), Sarah Schulman recalls how much of the rebellious queer culture, cheap rents, and a vibrant downtown arts movement vanished almost overnight to be replaced by gay conservative spokespeople and mainstream consumerism. Schulman takes us back to her Lower East Side and brings it to life, filling these pages with vivid memories of her avant-garde queer friends and dramatically recreating the early years of the AIDS crisis as experienced by a political insider. Interweaving personal reminiscence with cogent analysis, Schulman details her experience as a witness to the loss of a generation’s imagination and the consequences of that loss.

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