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Thursday, March 16, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco
825 Howard Street
San Francisco, California

In his newly released book, Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure, Eli Clare combines memoir, history, and critical analysis to explore cure—the deeply held belief that body-minds considered broken need to be fixed. Cure serves many purposes. It saves lives, manipulates lives, and prioritizes some lives over others. It provides comfort, makes profits, justifies violence, and promises resolution to body-mind loss. Clare grapples with this knot of contradictions, maintaining that neither an anti-cure politics nor a pro-cure worldview can account for the messy, complex relationships we have with our body-minds. In the stories he tells, ranging from disability stereotypes to weight loss surgery, gender transition to skin lightening creams, Clare weaves race, disability, sexuality, class, gender, and environmental politics together, insisting on the non-negotiable value of body-mind difference.

 Come meet the author for a reading from the book and discussion afterwards. Please RSVP to Fiona Hinze, 415-543-6222 or email: by Monday, March 13.

If you have any questions or need an accommodation for this event please contact:

Fiona Hinze at 415-543-6222 or email at