by Patricia Herrera, Karen Jean Martinson, and Jason Bisping (Organizers of "Intimate Acts")
The de facto banning of novels and plays from the Tucson Unified School District in 2012 marks the continuous struggle to define “America” through acts that divide and silence. In honor of making visible these banned plays and the many plays that have been banned for addressing issues deemed unacceptable or not worthy of being read, the 2014 Conference Committee is organizing an evening of "Intimate Acts" at the conference on Saturday, July 26 at 8:30 p.m.
Through the shared reading of works at the edges of “acceptability," including Amiri Baraka's The Great Goodness of Life, Cherríe Moraga's Heart of the Earth, Luis Valdez's Zoot Suit, and Virginia Grise and Irma Mayorga's Panza Monologue, this event offers a space to connect, reflect, and make meaning collectively.
The organizers want to being creating these "intimate acts" virtually and invite the membership to answer a series of questions between now and the conference.