Onnesha Roychoudhuri discusses The Marginalized Majority with Belle Boggs

Thurs 7/26  7pm

Onnesha Roychoudhuri in conversation with Belle Boggs about The Marginalized Majority: Claiming Our Power in a Post-Truth America

 

Ever since the 2016 election, pundits have been saying our country has never been more divided — that if progressives want to reclaim power, we need to be “pragmatic,” reach across the aisle, and look past identity politics.

But what if we’re getting the story all wrong?

In The Marginalized Majority, Onnesha Roychoudhuri makes the galvanizing case that our voices are already the majority — and that our plurality of identities is not only our greatest strength, but is also at the indisputable core of successful progressive change throughout history.

From the Civil Rights Movement to the Women’s March, Saturday Night Live to the mainstream media, Roychoudhuri holds the myths about our disenfranchisement up to the light, illuminating narratives from history that reveal we have far more power than we’re often led to believe. With both clear-eyed hope and electrifying power, she examines our ideas about what’s possible, and what’s necessary — opening up space for action, new realities, and, ultimately, survival.

Now, Roychoudhuri urges us, is the time to fight like the majority we already are.

 

photo credit Edward MenashyONNESHA ROYCHOUDHURI is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, and educator. Her work has appeared in publications such as Rolling Stone, n+1, Virginia Quarterly Review, Boston Review, The Nation, The American Prospect, Salon, and Mother Jones. She is the co-founder of Speech/Act, an organization working at the intersection of storytelling and social justice.

 

 

 

 

author photo credit Edward Menashy

 

Belle Boggs's essay collection, The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood, was named a best book of the year by KirkusPublishers Weekly, the Globe and Mail, Buzzfeed, and O the Oprah Magazine, and was a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay and the Library of Virginia Literary Award for Nonfiction. Her first book, Mattaponi Queen, a collection of linked stories, won the Bakeless Prize and the Library of Virginia Literary Award and was a finalist for the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her new novel, The Gulf, will be published by Graywolf in April 2019. Her stories and essays have appeared in Harper's, the Paris ReviewOrionEcotonePloughshares, and other publications, and she has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Bread Loaf and Sewanee writers’ conferences. She is director of the MFA program at North Carolina State University.

 

 

Event date: 
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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