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Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Talk with Tanya Selvaratnam and Carrie Mae Weems
The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series is a regular series in Washington, DC, presenting informal conversations with notable authors of current books. This book talk features Tanya Selvaratnam, Emmy-Nominated Producer, Writer and Author, with Connie Mae, Artist in Residence at Syracuse University. They will discuss Selvaratnam's new book, “Assume Nothing: A Story of Intimate Violence”. The Aspen Institute is grateful to Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn for their generous support of this series.

Mar 11, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Tanya Selvaratnam
Emmy-Nominated Producer, Writer and Author
Tanya Selvaratnam is a writer and an Emmy-nominated and multiple Webby-winning producer with more than twenty-five years of experience in the areas of arts and social justice. She has produced for the Vision & Justice Project; Joy To The Polls; Aubin Pictures; Glamour Women of the Year; The Meteor; For Freedoms; Rubell Family Collection; The Shed; NGO Forum/Fourth World Conference on Women in China; and Planned Parenthood. She has collaborated with numerous artists including Liz Garbus, Catherine Gund, Tiffany Shlain, Mickalene Thomas, Hank Willis Thomas, and Carrie Mae Weems. Selvaratnam is the author of THE BIG LIE and Assume Nothing: A Story of Intimate Violence. Her essays have been published in the New York Times, Vogue, Glamour, CNN, The Art Newspaper, SheKnows, and McSweeney’s. She received her graduate and undergraduate degrees in Chinese language and legal history from Harvard University.
Carrie Mae Weems
Artist in Residence at Syracuse University
Through image & text, film, video, performance, and her many lectures, presentations, and culturally significant convenings with individuals across a multitude of disciplines, Carrie Mae Weems has created a complex body of work that centers on her overarching commitment to helping us better understand our present moment by examining our collective past. Determined as ever to enter the picture — both literally and metaphorically — Weems has sustained an on-going dialogue within contemporary discourse for over thirty-five years.