A. Revathi - Vellai Mozhi (Frankly Speaking)

Wednesday, November 30, 2:30pm, Merrick TheaterRevathi event poster

Frankly Speaking is a powerful first-person account of a hijra-thirunangai-transfeminine life in Southern India. A. Revathi enacts her life as a Tamil trans woman, stringing together stories about finding community, navigating family relationships, encountering violence, building solidarities, finding and losing love, and discovering the joys of writing and performing. The performance will be in Tamil with English subtitles and live commentary. Director: A. Mangai | Music: S. Sham | Poem: Kalki Subramaniam


Fall 2022 Mandel Lectures in the Humanities

Kareem KhubchandaniKhubchandani events poster

October 27 - November 1

Kareem Khubchandani is an associate professor of theater, dance, and performance studies at Tufts University whose research and creative work centers on queer, feminist, and trans aesthetics, namely in South Asia and its diasporas. Performing under the name LaWhore Vagistan, Kareem utilizes drag performance as a pedagogical tool. He is the author of Ishtyle: Accenting Gay Indian Nightlife (University of Michigan Press, 2020), which won the 2021 Association for Theatre in Higher Education Outstanding Book award, 2021 Dance Studies Association de la Torre Bueno book award, and the 2019 CLAGS: Center for LGBTQ Studies Fellowship. He is also co-editor of Queer Nightlife (University of Michigan Press, 2021) and curator of