Sohaila Abdulali at Eugene Public Library


Hear a talk by writer and activist Sohaila Abdulali based on her book, What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape (Myriad, 2018). Beautifully written, deeply intelligent, searingly honest, unexpectedly funny, and ultimately hopeful, it is an examination of sexual assault and the global discourse on rape told through the perspective of a survivor, writer, and former counselor.

The book is based on Abdulali’s years of research, her work with hundreds of survivors as the head of a rape crisis center, her own experience as a survivor, and three decades of grappling with the issue as a feminist intellectual and writer. Abdulali interviews survivors whose personal stories of hard-won strength, humor, and wisdom collectively tell a larger story about how societies may begin to heal. Her work examines the contemporary discourse about rape and rape culture, questioning common assumptions and asking how we want to raise the next generation

Books will be available for sale and signing courtesy of Tsunami Books. This event is sponsored by Eugene Public Library and the University of Oregon’s Deans of the College of Arts and Sciences; Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity; Center for the Study of Women and Society; CSWS Women of Color Project; Department of Anthropology; Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; and Office of the Dean of Students.

This event is free. For more information, head to the Eugene Library website.