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Fall 2021

Book cover for Sick: A Memoir by Porochista Khakpour depicting the author lying in hospital bed with a blanket of pills.

Book Cover for Sick: A Memoir

Headshot of author Prochista Khakpour.

Headshot of author Porochista Khakpour

Sick: A Memoir

by: Porochista Khakpour

A powerful, beautifully rendered memoir of chronic illness, misdiagnosis, addiction, and the myth of full recovery.

For as long as author Porochista Khakpour can remember, she has been sick. For most of that time, she didn't know why. Several drug addictions, some major hospitalizations, and over $100,000 later, she finally had a diagnosis: late-stage Lyme disease. 

Sick is Khakpour's grueling, emotional journey—as a woman, an Iranian-American, a writer, and a lifelong sufferer of undiagnosed health problems—in which she examines her subsequent struggles with mental illness and her addiction to doctor prescribed benzodiazepines, that both aided and eroded her ever-deteriorating physical health. Divided by settings, Khakpour guides the reader through her illness by way of the locations that changed her course—New York, LA, Santa Fe, and a college town in Germany—as she meditates on the physiological and psychological impacts of uncertainty, and the eventual challenge of accepting the diagnosis she had searched for over the course of her adult life. 

A story of survival, pain, and transformation, Sick candidly examines the colossal impact of illness on one woman's life by not just highlighting the failures of a broken medical system but by also boldly challenging our concept of illness narratives.

Schedule - Fall 2021  

Part 1: Chapters 1 - 3

Thursday September 9, 2021

4:00pm

Part 2: Chapters 4 - 7

Thursday October 14, 2021

4:00pm

Part 3: Chapters 8 - 11

Thursday November 18, 2021

4:00pm

Part 4: Author Q&A

Thursday December 9, 2021

4:00pm

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Spring 2022

Book cover of Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice depicting a human figure with arm and legged wrapped around a tree trunk.

Book cover for Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice

Headshot of Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Headshot of Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Care Work: 

by: Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

In their new collection of essays, Lambda Literary Award-winning writer and disability justice activist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha explores the politics and realities of disability justice, a movement that centers the lives and leadership of sick and disabled queer, trans, Black, and brown people, with knowledge and gifts for all. Care Work is a mapping of access as radical love, a celebration of the work that sick and disabled queer/people of color are doing to find each other and to build power and community, and a toolkit for everyone who wants to build radically resilient communities of liberation where no one is left behind. Powerful and passionate, Care Work is a crucial and necessary call to arms.

Schedule - Spring 2022

Part 1: Chapters 1 - 6

Thursday January 20, 2022

4:00pm

Part 2: Chapters 7 - 10

Thursday February 17, 2022

4:00pm

Part 3: Chapters 11 - 15

Thursday march 24, 2022

4:00pm

Part 4: Chapters 16 - 19

Thursday April 14, 2022

4:00pm

Spring Registration