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Occurs on Wednesday May 17 2023

Approximate running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes


Kay White Hall Theater
19600 Vashon Highway SW
Vashon Island WA 98070

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Talks on the Rock: Dr. Anu Taranath - the Tangled Politics of Hair: Why What's on Your Head Matters to Society

$20 General
$18 Member
Youth (18-) FREE

Speaker and acclaimed UW educator Dr. Anu Taranath explores the role of the hair in our cultures. Anu poses the question, “Why is one kind of hairstyle understood as “better” than another?” Her thoughtful discussion encourages us to go deeper, to take a surprising look at beauty, bias, belonging and examine the cultural and racial perceptions which influence our judgement of hair and the individual. 

As the daughter of immigrants who has grown up between two cultures, Dr. Taranath draws on personal experience to connect with and amplify the voices of those who have historically not been heard. As a scholar and academic, she knows that racial equity work is challenging, emotional, institutional, and personal. Her new book, Beyond Guilt Trips is a great topic for building awareness as we travel through communities, even at home. 

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