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Conflict Is Not Abuse Book Club

Please join the Socialist Feminist Political Education Committee for a very special reading series on Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair (2016) by Sarah Schulman.

Conflict is Not Abuse discusses why we should view conflict outside of the victim/abuser paradigm and proposes ways to mediate conflict and communicate without shunning. The text explores the complexities of uncomfortable situations, and why conflict is often mistaken for abuse.  DSA is in a critical moment where we must evaluate how we address interpersonal violence and offenses and how we evaluate grievances. Reading Conflict Is Not Abuse will be a valuable way to turn political education into political praxis. 

The author, Sarah Schulman, is an activist, prolific novelist, Guggenheim-fellowship-winning playwright, and distinguished professor, and has been involved in ACT UP and the Lesbian Avengers.

This reading group will meet 4 times from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm before ending in a final visit with Sarah Schulman! 

1. Thursday, December 13: Introduction, Chapters 1-3

2. Thursday, December 20: Chapters 4-6

3. Thursday, January 3: Chapters 7-8, Conclusion

4. Wednesday, January 9: Q&A with Sarah Schulman!

Space is limited, so please RSVP. The address of the venue will be sent to registered participants. Feel free to reach out with any questions to natalie.anna.adler@gmail.comor


The space is ADA accessible, and on the 10th floor of the building. There are 3 bathrooms, all gender neutral, one of which is wheelchair accessible. All bathrooms have brail signs. 

Earlier Event: December 29
Queens DSA December Meeting
Later Event: January 7
Religion & Socialism January Meeting