CAA Reacts: Documenting Trans Lives and Activism with the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives

  • 13 Nov 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • 2760 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647


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CAA is pleased to announce the latest installment of the discussion group series: CAA Reacts. 

CAA Reacts is a discussion group geared toward discussing with a local lens the social, political, and cultural factors that affect our profession. The discussions will call into question the idea of archivists as neutral or passive agents, as has traditionally been the standard. Themes such as grassroots organizing, community archiving, local and national political issues and events, allies and partners to our profession, and more, will be discussed in an informal, open and empathetic environment.

This series takes inspiration from groups like ProjectARCC, The Concerned Archivists Alliance, and the 2017 SAA panel “Archival Advocacy and Awareness Amid Social and Political Upheaval,” and aims to discuss like ideas while also highlighting the important work that our local colleagues do as active agents of change.

In response to the Trump administration’s attempt to redefine gender in a way that would erase the identities of transgender individuals, this installment of CAA Reacts will focus on the work that archivists have done to document the lives of transgender individuals and transgender activism. Joining us will be volunteer Erin Bell from the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives who will speak a bit about the collections that focus on these issues.

We encourage folks to bring questions for Erin, come prepared to talk about this issue, or about other collections in Chicago that they have worked with which highlight transgender individuals and activism.

This event will be held at Hopwell Brewing and is open to all, CAA membership is not required. Drinks will be available for purchase.

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