In Conversation with Dean Spade

Monday, January 1, 2021 | 12am EST

Wealth concentration, racist criminalization, profit-based health care and housing, climate change and many other crises are threatening human survival around the globe, and it does not look like we can count on governments for solutions. In this keynote, Dean Spade will talk about the role of mutual aid in meeting immediate needs and building resistance movements that can tackle the root causes of the crises we are facing. The keynote will be followed by a Q&A with Dean Spade, moderated by Leila Pourtavaf.


Dean Spade

has been working to build queer and trans liberation based in racial and economic justice for the past two decades. He’s the author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law, the director of the documentary “Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back!,” and the creator of the mutual aid toolkit at His latest book, Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next), was published by Verso Press in October 2020.

Leila Pourtavaf

is an Assistant Professor in Global Public History at York University, and was most recently a visiting assistant professor at NYU’s Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Her research stands at the intersection of gender, sexuality, modernity, and Middle Eastern history. Leila is also an independent curator, and her exhibition and film programs have been featured at institutions including the Blackwood Gallery, the South Asian Visual Arts Center, Articule, and La Centrale Gallery.

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