I speak widely on sexuality, gender, rights, and justice to audiences worldwide, at institutions such as Duke University, Yale University, the New School, Third Wave Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, and the UC Berkeley Labor Center, and at events including South by Southwest Interactive (USA), re:publica (Germany), NEXT (Denmark), the Oakland Book Festival (USA), the Brooklyn Book Festival (USA), Bristol Festival of Ideas (UK), and the International AIDS Conference (Mexico).
7:30 amTheaterLab, 357 West 36th St., New York, NY
OR Books and Chelsea Manning's supporters mark one year since she went on trial. Journalists, activists and artists (Chase Madar, Clark Stoeckley, Melissa Gira Grant, Max Thorn, Adam Klasfeld and more) who attended the trial will read from a new graphic book published this month, The United States vs. Private Chelsea Manning. Free, with donations accepted for Chelsea Manning's appeal fund.
12:00 pmBerkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University, Cambridge MA
The history of the American red light district is quite brief – from railroad signal lights to hotel bathroom selfies – and clouded in myth. Soon it may be lost. In this talk, journalist Melissa Gira Grant (author of Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work) will reconsider how communication technologies shape sex-for-sale, proposing that sex work has merged with the network. We'll surveil the police, missionaries, media, and politicians who created and command this space, and discuss what we can learn from how sex workers have remained a step ahead. Free and open to the public. RSVP.