MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE:

STORIES OF EVERYDAY STREET HARRASSMENT

Walking down the street and being in public as your authentic self should be a basic human right, but street harrassment is a reality for many people. It is estimated that 70% of LGBTQ and 65% of women have faced discrimination and harrassment in public. Street harrassment affects our sense of safety, self-worth and opportunities to do what we want to do. Change comes through talking back to social injustice. This interactive workshop was for youth and students interested in learning about using the method of autoethnography (telling your own story) as a tool for community activism.  Angel Garcia and Te'Ausha Garcia, freshmen at Fresno State, performed and shared their encounters with street harassment.  This hands-on workshop was led by Dr. Anne Harris and Dr. Stacy Holman Jones.

 

Sponsored by the Fresno State Department of Women's Studies, California Faculty Association (CFA), Bulldog Pride Fund, and My LGBT +.

 

Organizers of the event:

 

Kris Clarke, Ph.D (Department of Social Work Education)

 

Kathryn Forbes, Ph.D (Department of Women's Studies)

 

Dawn-Marie Luna, B.A. (community activist)

Guest facilitators of the event were:

 

Anne Harris, PhD is currently an Australian Research Council Early Career Research Fellow (2014-2016) researching the commodification of creativity. She is a Senior Lecturer in Education at Monash University (Melbourne), and an interdisciplinary researcher in the areas of arts, cultural diversity and digital media. She is a native New Yorker and has worked professionally as a playwright, teaching artist and journalist in the USA and Australia.  She has published over 50 articles and 6 books, her latest being Queer Teachers, Identity and Performativity (2014, Palgrave).

 

Stacy Holman Jones, Ph.D is a Professor in the Centre for Theatre and Performance at Monash University (Melbourne). Her teaching focuses on using performance studies and critical approaches to acknowledge, address, and embrace difference and social change. Her research focuses broadly on how performance constitutes socially, culturally, and politically resistive and transformative activity. She specializes in the use of critical qualitative methods, particularly critical auto/ethnography, and performative writing. She is the founding editor of Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, a journal dedicated to publishing innovative, experimental, aesthetic, and provocative works on the theories, practices, and possibilities of critical qualitative research.

Kris Clarke, Ph.D

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